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Maintenance Schedule

Naturally, you want to get the best possible value and performance from your vehicle. That's why regular maintenance is essential. Not only does it help your vehicle run better and last longer, it also enhances your resale or trade-in value.

Which Maintenance Schedule is Right for You?

The normal maintenance schedule of 6 months or 10,000 km applies to those who operate their vehicle under typical, everyday driving conditions. The listed services should be performed at specified distance or time intervals. Items listed in "Special Operating Conditions" and "Additional Maintenance Requirements and Information" are services that only the noted vehicles and situations require.

Time (Months) Distance (km) Service #
3 63 123 5,000 105,000 205,000 1
6 66 126 10,000 110,000 210,000 2
9 69 129 15,000 115,000 215,000 1
12 72 132 20,000 120,000 220,000 3
15 75 135 25,000 125,000 225,000 1
18 78 138 30,000 130,000 230,000 2
21 81 141 35,000 135,000 235,000 1
24 84 144 40,000 140,000 240,000 3
27 87 147 45,000 145,000 245,000 1
30 90 150 50,000 150,000 250,000 4
33 93 153 55,000 155,000 255,000 1
36 96 156 60,000 160,000 260,000 3
39 99 159 65,000 165,000 265,000 1
42 102 162 70,000 170,000 270,000 2
45 105 165 75,000 175,000 275,000 1
48 108 168 80,000 180,000 280,000 3
51 111 171 85,000 185,000 285,000 1
54 114 174 90,000 190,000 290,000 2
57 117 177 95,000 195,000 295,000 1
60 120 180 100,000 200,000 300,000 4+3

Special Operating Conditions
  • Off-road use.
  • You tow a trailer or use a camper or car-top carrier.
  • Most trips include extensive idling such as frequent driving in stop-and-go traffic.
  • You carry heavy loads.
  • Your vehicle is used for delivery service, police, taxi, or other commercial application.
  • You operate in dusty conditions such as unpaved or dusty roads.
  • You operate the vehicle off-road in water that is deeper than the hubs (1/2 wheel height) or in extremely muddy conditions. Affected components must be serviced daily.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Maintenance Monitor (VMM) change oil and filters when indicated by VMM, but do not go beyond 6 months.
If you presently operate your vehicle in any of the more demanding "Special Operating Conditions" listed above, perform oil and filter changes every 3 months or 5,000 km and automatic transmission fluid and filter changes every 30 months or 50,000 km. Replace fuel filters every 20,000 km, transfer case fluid every 100,000 km, platinum spark plugs every 100,000 km, and PCV valve every 100,000 km.
NOTE: If you only occasionally operate your vehicle in these conditions, it is not necessary to perform this additional maintenance.

These bundles apply to vehicles 1996 and newer. For vehicles 1995 and prior follow the "Special Operating Conditions" schedule
(3 months/5,000 km maintenance interval).

Service #1
  • Change engine oil and replace oil filter
  • Multi-point inspection
  • Inspect air filter minder (diesel)
Service #2
  • Change engine oil and replace oil filter
  • Multi-point inspection
  • Inspect air filter minder (diesel)
  • Inspect tires for wear regularly and rotate every 10,000 km
Service #3
  • Change engine oil and replace oil filter
  • Multi-point inspection
  • Inspect air filter minder (diesel)
  • Replace fuel filter (diesel)
  • Inspect tires for wear regularly and rotate every 10,000 km
  • Brake Service: inspect brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, brake lines and hoses and parking brake system
  • Lubricate hinges, latches, jacks, sliding door tracks and weather-stripping
  • Clean sliding door electrical contacts (vans)
  • Clean battery terminals
  • Inspect engine cooling system and hoses (check coolant strength and secure damps)
  • Add coolant conditioner (diesel with green coolant only)
  • Inspect wheels for end play or noise
  • Check and lubricate steering, suspension, ball joints, drive shaft U-joints and slip yoke (if serviceable)
  • Replace cabin/pollen air filter (if equipped)
  • Replace "green" engine coolant every 36 months or 60,000 km (whichever occurs first)
  • Replace "yellow" engine coolant at 60 months or 100,000 km (whichever occurs firs) and then every 36 months or 60,000 km thereafter.
Service #4
  • Change engine oil and replace oil filter
  • Multi-point inspection
  • Inspect air filter minder (diesel)
  • Replace fuel filter (diesel)
  • Inspect tires for wear regularly and rotate every 10,000 km
  • Replace engine air filter and engine crank case filter
  • Automatic transmission /transaxle service *
  • Inspect platinum spark plugs every 50,000 km †
  • Replace non-platinum spark plugs every 50,000 km
  • Replace manual transmission fluid every 100,000 km (light trucks, SUV's and Lincoln LS)
  • Replace platinum spark plugs every 150,000 km
  • Replace PCV valve at 150,000 km intervals
  • Replace accessory drive belt every 200,000 km
  • Replace front axle, rear axle and transfer case lubricant every 250,000 km **

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Service Detail Reference

Engine Oil and Filter Service
  • Includes recommended Motorcraft oil and filter
Multi-Point Inspection
  • Check and top up fluid levels:
    • Brake
    • Power Steering
    • Clutch reservoir
    • Window washer
    • Coolant recovery reservoir
    • 4x4 transfer case
    • Manual and automatic transmission
    • Front drive axle
  • Check tire air pressure and wear in all tires, including spare
  • Check exhaust system for levels, damage, loose parts and foreign material
  • Check battery performance
  • Check operation of horn exterior lamps, turn signals and hazard warning lights
  • Check radiator and coolant condition, coolers, heater and air conditioning hoses (check for debris, leaks and secure changes)
  • Check windshield washer spray, wipers and wiper arms (clean, lubricate and replace if necessary)
  • Inspect accessory drive belts for proper tension, cracking and chunking
  • Inspect air cleaner filter
  • Inspect half shaft dust boots (if equipped)
  • Check and lubricate steering, suspension, ball joints, drive shaft, U-joints and slip yoke (if serviceable)
Inspect Tires for Wear and Rotate
  • Inspect tires for wear regularly and rotate every 10,000 km (city delivery vehicles and other unique applications may require more frequent tire rotation. See your dealership for more details)
  • For externally mounted spare tire carrier check for damage and air pressure and secure
Brake Inspection/Service (For damage, wear and operation)
  • Inspect caliper operation, connections, wheel cylinders, and self adjuster
  • Lubricate calipers if equipped with slide rails (1996-1997 light trucks)
  • Brake system may require servicing based on wear, damage or operation (calipers and backing plates)
* Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Service
  • Inspect and lubricate linkage and controls
  • Replace pan gasket (if filter is internal) and filter (when under "Special Operating Conditions")
  • Change fluid
  • If your vehicle is equipped with one of the following transmissions or if you operate your vehicle in any of the "Special Operating Conditions" regardless of the type of transmission) the transmission service is required every 50,000 km (instead of 250,000 km). Transmissions requiring fluid change every 50,000 km (and oil and filters if used under "Special Operating Conditions") are as follows: AX4N, AX4S, 4F5DN(Taurus/Sable, Windstar/Freestar, Continental), 4F27E (Focus), 4R400 + 5R110W (External filter also) (E/F Series, Expedition, Excursion, Navigator, Blackwood), A4LD (Aerostar), 4R70W (1996-2001) (Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, E/F Series, Expedition, Navigator, Mustang, Thunderbird / Cougar RWD (1996 - 1997), Explorer (5.0 L), Mark VII, Town Car), 4EAT (1996-1997 Probe 2.5L). See your dealer for additional information and recommendations.
** Front Axle, Rear Axle and Transfer Case, and Power Take-off Maintenance
  • Change fluid if service is required or the axle assembly has been submerged in water
  • If used under "Special Operating Conditions", change fluid every 100,000 km
† Inspect Spark Plugs
  • Inspect platinum spark plugs every 50,000 km on all 2000 and prior 1.5t, SPL 2.0t,SPt 2.3t, 3.0t, 2V, 3.8L, 4.0L, 4.2L, 4.9L, 5.01L, 5.8t & 7.5L

Additional Maintenance Requirements and Information

ASPIRE
  • Check idle speed every 50,000 km
  • Inspect ignition timing every 100,000 km
  • Replace cam shaft belt every 100,000 km
FOCUS, ZX2, CONTOUR, MYSTIQUE, COUGAR (2.0L), ESCORT, RANGER (2.3l & 2.5 L) ESCAPE (2.0 L)
  • Replace cam shaft belt every 200,000 km
ESCORT / TRACER (1.8L)
  • Check idle speed every 50,000 km
  • Inspect ignition timing every 100,000 km
PROBE (2.0L & 2.5L)
  • Check idle speed every 50,000 km
  • Replace cam shaft belt every 100,000 km
COUGAR
  • Replace "orange" coolant every 250,000 km
TAURUS SHO / VILLAGER
  • Check battery electrolyte level every 40,000 km
  • Replace cam shaft belt and adjust valve clearance every 150,000 km
LINCOLN LS
  • Change manual transmission fluid every 100,000 km
E&F SERIES, EXPEDITION, NAVIGATOR, EXPLORER (ALL), RANGER, EXCURSION, AVIATOR, ESCAPE
  • Inspect, adjust and lubricate 4x2 wheel bearings every 50,000 km (if serviceable)
  • Replace climate controlled seat filters every 50,000 km (Navigator, Freestar, Aviator, Lincoln LS, if equipped)
4X4 VEHICLES
  • Inspect and lubricate front axle U-joints every 20,000 km (for 2004 and up Super Duty Excursion)
  • Lubricate transfer case shift lever pivot bolt and control rod connecting pins every 20,000 km
  • Replace transfer case fluid every 250,000 km
  • Lubricate front axle RH axle shaft slip yoke every 50,000 km
  • Inspect and lubricate spindle needle bearings every 50,000 km (Super Duty)
  • Inspect and lubricate hub locks every 50,000 km (Super Duty)
  • Replace front axle lubricant every 250,000 km
SUPER DUTY, F-SUPER DUTY
  • Inspect parking brake fluid level every 20,000 km
  • Replace rear axle lubricant every 250,000 km (450,550)
  • Retorque dual rear wheels after 160 km of service, then 800 km later; repeat sequence after any rear wheel removal or tire rotation
  • Check spring U-bolt torque every 20,000 km (for 1996-1998 Super Duty)
OFF ROAD USE (EVERY 5,000 KM)
  • Multi-point inspection
  • Inspect and lubricate hub locks
  • Inspect and lubricate automatic transmission, transfer case and clutch linkages
  • Check spring U-bolt torque
  • Inspect the differential vent hose
  • Check axle fluid for water contamination and change fluid if necessary
  • Repack front wheel bearings and hubs (where serviceable)
  • Lubricate spindle needle bearings (4x4)
  • Brake inspection
  • Thoroughly clean underbody as required
DIESEL ENGINE (ALSO REFER TO DIESEL SUPPLEMENT IN THE OWNER'S GUIDE FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS)
  • Add CFW16 coolant conditioner if equipped with "green" coolant, every 12 months or 20,000 km (whichever occurs first)
  • Check air filter minder every 5,000 km; replace air filter as required
  • Replace fuel filter every 20,000 km
  • Drain water from fuel filter reservoir every fuel fill - up
  • Inspect air filter daily in dusty conditions and replace if necessary
MOTORHOME / RECREATIONAL / AMBULANCE / E550
  • Replace brake fluid every two years
  • Change transmission fluid and filter every 50,000 km
ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES (NATURAL GAS VEHICLES (CNG), PROPANE, FLEX FUEL)
  • For CNG and propane vehicles, drain coalescer and replace o-ring seal and fuel filter every 50,000 km
  • Inspect CNG fuel tank every 3 years from the date of tank manufacture, at Ford approved gaseous fuel dealers
  • Inspect propane fuel tank every 5 years from the vehicle build date, at Ford approved gaseous fuel dealers
  • Replace CNG tanks every 15 years from the date of tank manufacture
  • Change engine oil every 5,000 km if you operate a flex fuel vehicle using E-85 fuel more than 50% of the time
  • For CNG vehicles clean injectors every 100,000 km
NOTE:
  • Varied driving habits, dust and road conditions may require more frequent replacement of wear components than the time/distance intervals shown in this publication.
  • If you are using your Ford Motor Company vehicle in a stationary manner while the engine is running for long periods (i.e. door-to-door delivery, taxi, police, power/utility, power take-off (PTO) use, change your oil and filter every 5,000 km or every 200 engine hours. It will be necessary to approximate idle time on vehicles not equipped with hourmeters.
  • The required maintenance services listed are subject to change without notice.
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