General Maintenance Information
Why Maintain Your Vehicle?
Carefully following the maintenance schedule helps protect against major repair expenses resulting from neglect or inadequate maintenance and may help to increase the value of your vehicle when you sell or trade it. Keep all receipts for completed maintenance with your vehicle.
We have established regular maintenance intervals for your vehicle based upon rigorous testing. It is important that you have your vehicle serviced at the proper times. These intervals serve two purposes; one is to maintain the reliability of your vehicle and the second is to keep your cost of owning your vehicle down.
It is your responsibility to have all scheduled maintenance performed and to make sure that the materials used meet the specifications identified in this owner's manual.   See   Capacities and Specifications
Failure to perform scheduled maintenance invalidates warranty coverage on parts affected by the lack of maintenance.
Why Maintain Your Vehicle at Your Dealership?
Factory-Trained Technicians
Service technicians participate in extensive factory-sponsored certification training to help them become experts on the operation of your vehicle. Ask your dealership about the training and certification their technicians have received.
Genuine Ford and Motorcraft® Replacement Parts
Dealerships stock Ford, Motorcraft and Ford-authorized branded re-manufactured replacement parts. These parts meet or exceed our specifications. Parts installed at your dealership carry a nationwide 12-month or 12000-mile (20000 kilometer) parts and labor limited warranty.
If you do not use Ford authorized parts they may not meet our specifications and depending on the part, it could affect emissions compliance.
Convenience
Many dealerships have extended evening and Saturday hours to make your service visit more convenient and they offer one stop shopping. They can perform any services that are required on your vehicle, from general maintenance to collision repairs.
Note:   Not all dealers have extended hours or body shops. Please contact your dealer for details.
Protecting Your Investment
Maintenance is an investment that pays dividends in the form of improved reliability, durability and resale value. To maintain the proper performance of your vehicle and its emission control systems, make sure you have scheduled maintenance performed at the designated intervals.
Your vehicle is equipped with the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor system, which displays a message in the information display at the proper oil change interval. This interval may be up to one year or 10000 miles (16000 kilometers).
When ENGINE OIL CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED appears in the information display, it is time for an oil change. Make sure you perform the oil change within two weeks or 500 miles (800 kilometers) of the ENGINE OIL CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message appearing. Make sure you reset the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor after each oil change.   See   Engine Oil Check
If your information display resets prematurely or becomes inoperative, you should perform the oil change interval at six months or 5000 miles (8000 kilometers) from your last oil change. Never exceed one year or 10000 miles (16000 kilometers) between oil change intervals.
Your vehicle is very sophisticated and built with multiple, complex, performance systems. Every manufacturer develops these systems using different specifications and performance features. That is why it is important to rely upon your dealership to properly diagnose and repair your vehicle.
Ford Motor Company has recommended maintenance intervals for various parts and component systems based upon engineering testing. Ford Motor Company relies upon this testing to determine the most appropriate mileage for replacement of oils and fluids to protect your vehicle at the lowest overall cost to you and recommends against maintenance schedules that deviate from the scheduled maintenance information.
We strongly recommend the use of only genuine Ford, Motorcraft or Ford-authorized re-manufactured replacement parts engineered for your vehicle.
Additives and Chemicals
This owner's manual and the Ford Workshop Manual list the recommended additives and chemicals for your vehicle. We do not recommend using chemicals or additives not approved by us as part of your vehicle’s normal maintenance. Please consult your warranty information.
Oils, Fluids and Flushing
In many cases, fluid discoloration is a normal operating characteristic and, by itself, does not necessarily indicate a concern or that the fluid needs to be changed. However, a qualified expert, such as the factory-trained technicians at your dealership, should inspect discolored fluids that also show signs of overheating or foreign material contamination immediately.
Make sure to change your vehicle’s oils and fluids at the specified intervals or in conjunction with a repair. Flushing is a viable way to change fluid for many vehicle sub-systems during scheduled maintenance. It is critical that systems are flushed only with new fluid that is the same as that required to fill and operate the system or using a Ford-approved flushing chemical.
Owner Checks and Services
Make sure you perform the following basic maintenance checks and inspections every month or at six-month intervals.

Check every month  
Engine oil level.  
Function of all interior and exterior lights.  
Tires (including spare) for wear and proper pressure.  
Windshield washer fluid level.  


Check every six months  
Battery connections. Clean if necessary.  
Body and door drain holes for obstructions. Clean if necessary.  
Cooling system fluid level and coolant strength.  
Door weatherstrips for wear. Lubricate if necessary.  
Hinges, latches and outside locks for proper operation. Lubricate if necessary.  
Parking brake for proper operation.  
Safety belts and seat latches for wear and function.  
Safety warning lamps (brake, ABS, airbag and safety belt) for operation.  
Washer spray and wiper operation. Clean or replace blades as necessary.  

Multi-Point Inspection
In order to keep your vehicle running right, it is important to have the systems on your vehicle checked regularly. This can help identify potential issues and prevent major problems. We recommend having the following multi-point inspection performed at every scheduled maintenance interval to help make sure your vehicle keeps running great.

Multi-Point inspection  
Accessory drive belt(s)   Hazard warning system operation  
Battery performance   Horn operation  
Engine air filter   Radiator, cooler, heater and A/C hoses  
Exhaust system   Suspension components for leaks or damage  
Exterior lamps operation   Steering and linkage  
Fluid levels*; fill if necessary   Tires (including spare) for wear and proper pressure**  
For oil and fluid leaks   Windshield for cracks, chips or pits  
Half-shaft dust boots   Washer spray and wiper operation  

* Brake, coolant recovery reservoir, automatic transmission and window washer
**If your vehicle is equipped with a temporary mobility kit, check the tire sealant expiration Use By date on the canister. Replace as needed.
Be sure to ask your dealership service advisor or technician about the multi-point vehicle inspection. It is a comprehensive way to perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Your checklist gives you immediate feedback on the overall condition of your vehicle.
Normal Scheduled Maintenance
Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor®
Your vehicle is equipped with an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor that determines when you should change the engine oil based on how your vehicle is used. By using several important factors in its calculations, the monitor helps reduce the cost of owning your vehicle and reduces environmental waste at the same time.
This means you do not have to remember to change the oil on a mileage-based schedule. Your vehicle lets you know when an oil change is due by displaying ENGINE OIL CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED in the information display.
The following table provides examples of vehicle use and its impact on oil change intervals. It is a guideline only. Actual oil change intervals depend on several factors and generally decrease with severity of use.

When to expect the OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message  
Miles (kilometers)   Vehicle use and example  
7500-10000   (12000-16000)   Normal  
Normal commuting with highway driving   No, or moderate, load or towing   Flat to moderately hilly roads   No extended idling  
5000-7499   (8000-11999)   Severe  
Moderate to heavy load or towing   Mountainous or off-road conditions   Extended idling   Extended hot or cold operation  
3000-4999   (4000-7999)   Extreme  
Maximum load or towing   Extreme hot or cold operation  


At every oil change interval as indicated by the information display*  
Change engine oil and filter.**  
Rotate the tires.  
Perform a multi-point inspection (recommended).  
Inspect the automatic transmission fluid level. Consult your dealer for requirements.  
Inspect the brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, brake linings, hoses and parking brake.  
Inspect the engine cooling system strength and hoses.  
Inspect the exhaust system and heat shields.  
Inspect the rear axle and U-joints. Lubricate any areas with grease fittings (Four-wheel drive vehicles).  
Inspect the half-shaft boots.  
Inspect the steering linkage, ball joints, suspension, tire-rod ends, driveshaft and U-joints. Lubricate any areas with grease fittings (Four-wheel drive vehicles).  
Inspect the tires, tire wear and measure the tread depth.  
Inspect the wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag.  

* Do not exceed one year or 10000 miles (16000 kilometers) between service intervals.
** Reset the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor after engine oil and filter changes.   See   Engine Oil Check

Other maintenance items 1  
Every 20000 miles (32000 km)   Replace cabin air filter.  
Every 30000 miles (48000 km)   Replace engine air filter.  
At 100000 miles (160000 km)   Change engine coolant. 2  
Every 100000 miles (160000 km)   Replace spark plugs.  
Inspect accessory drive belt(s). 3  
Every 150000 miles (240000 km)   Change automatic transmission fluid.  
Replace accessory drive belt(s). 4  
Replace timing belt (1.6L engine).  

1 Perform these maintenance items within 3000 miles (4800 kilometers) of the last engine oil and filter change. Do not exceed the designated distance for the interval.
2 Initial replacement at six years or 100000 miles (160000 kilometers), then every three years or 50000 miles (80000 kilometers).
3 After initial inspection, inspect every other oil change until replaced.
4 If not replaced within the last 100000 miles (160000 kilometers).
Maintenance Schedule Log

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Special Operating Conditions
If you operate your vehicle primarily in any of the following conditions, you need to perform extra maintenance as indicated. If you operate your vehicle occasionally under any of these conditions, it is not necessary to perform the extra maintenance. For specific recommendations, see your dealership service advisor or technician.
Perform the services shown in the following tables when specified or within 3000 miles (4800 kilometers) of the OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message appearing in the information display.
  • Example 1: The OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message comes on at 28751 miles (46270 kilometers). Perform the 30000 mile (48000 kilometer) automatic transmission fluid replacement.
  • Example 2: The OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message has not come on, but the odometer reads 30000 miles (48000 kilometers) (for example, the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor was reset at 25000 miles [40000 kilometers]). Perform the engine air filter replacement.

Towing a trailer or using a car-top carrier  
As required   Change engine oil and filter as indicated by the information display and perform services listed in the Normal Scheduled Maintenance chart.  
Inspect frequently, service as required   Inspect and lubricate U-joints.  
See axle maintenance items under Exceptions.  
Every 30000 miles (48000 km)   Change automatic transmission fluid.  


Extensive idling or low-speed driving for long distances, as in heavy commercial use (such as delivery, taxi, patrol car or livery)  
As required   Change engine oil and filter as indicated by the information display and perform services listed in the Normal Scheduled Maintenance chart.  
Inspect frequently, service as required   Replace cabin air filter.*  
Replace engine air filter.  
Every 30000 miles (48000 km)   Change automatic transmission fluid.  
Every 60000 miles (96000 km)   Replace spark plugs.  

* This is an optional feature.

Operating in dusty or sandy conditions (such as unpaved or dusty roads)  
Inspect frequently, service as required   Replace cabin air filter.*  
Replace engine air filter.  
Every 5000 miles (8000 km)   Inspect the wheels and related components for abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag.  
Rotate tires, inspect tires for wear and measure tread depth.  
Every 5000 miles (8000 km) or six months   Change engine oil and filter.**  
Perform multi-point inspection.  
Every 30000 miles (48000 km)   Change automatic transmission fluid.  

* This is an optional feature.
**Reset your Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor after engine oil and filter changes.   See   Engine Oil Check

Exclusive use of E85 (flex fuel vehicles only)  
Every oil change   If ran exclusively on E85, fill the fuel tank full with regular unleaded fuel.  

Special Operating Condition Log

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Exceptions
There are several exceptions to the Normal Schedule:
Normal vehicle axle maintenance: Rear axles and power take-off (PTO) units with synthetic fluid and light-duty trucks equipped with Ford-design axles are lubricated for life; do not check or change fluid unless a leak is suspected, service is required or the assembly has been submerged in water. During long periods of trailer towing with outside temperatures above 70°F (21°C) and at wide-open throttle for long periods above 45 mph (72 km/h), change non-synthetic rear axle fluid every 3000 miles (4800 kilometers) or three months, whichever comes first. This interval can be waived if the axle is filled with 75W140 synthetic gear fluid meeting Ford specification WSL-M2C192-A, part number F1TZ-19580-B, or equivalent. Add friction modifier XL-3 (EST-M2C118-A) or equivalent for complete refill of Traction-Lok rear axles.   See   Technical Specifications
Police, Taxi and Livery vehicle axle maintenance: Change rear axle fluid every 100000 miles (160000 kilometers). Rear axle fluid change may be waived if the axle was filled with 75W140 synthetic gear fluid meeting Ford specification WSL-M2C192-A, part number F1TZ-19580-B, or equivalent. Add four ounces (118 mL) of additive friction modifier XL-3 (EST-M2C118-A) or equivalent for complete refill of Traction-Lok rear axles. Change the axle fluid anytime the axle submerges in water.
California fuel filter replacement: If you register your vehicle in California, the California Air Resources Board has determined that the failure to perform this maintenance item does not nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability before the completion of your vehicle's useful life. Ford Motor Company, however, urges you to have all recommended maintenance services performed at the specified intervals and to record all vehicle service.
Hot climate oil change intervals: Vehicles operating in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa or locations with similar climates using an American Petroleum Institute (API) Certified for Gasoline Engines (Certification mark) oil of SM or SN quality, the normal oil change interval is 5000 miles (8000 kilometers).
If the available API SM or SN oils are not available, then the oil change interval is 3000 miles (4800 kilometers).
Engine air filter and cabin air filter replacement: The life of the engine air filter and cabin air filter is dependent on exposure to dusty and dirty conditions. Vehicles operated in these conditions require frequent inspection and replacement of the engine air filter and cabin air filter.
Engine Coolant Change Record
Initial change: Six years or 100000 miles (160000 kilometers) (whichever comes first).
After initial change: Every three years or 50000 miles (80000 kilometers).
Engine Coolant Change Log

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