Ford Servicing Intervals, Advice & Tips
It is especially important you keep on top of your scheduled servicing for your new Ford car or van. In the longer term it can help prevent expensive repairs and a full-service history will also make your car easier to sell. Not only that but a lack of full-service history will likely reduce the sell on price or part exchange value of the vehicle at a later date.
How Often Do I Need To Service My New Ford Vehicle?
Service intervals vary from one model to another, if you are unsure of your vehicles service schedule it will have been issued with your vehicle paperwork, manuals etc. If for any reason you cannot find the Service Portfolio you can contact your local Ford main dealer who will be able to give you the relevant information.
Keeping in touch with your local main dealer can also help you stay in the loop for any other issues relating to your vehicle, for example recalls and critical repairs.
You can view a quick reference of Ford service intervals by vehicle model here.
What Can I Do In-Between Services To Help Keep My Ford In Tip Top Condition?
Wear and tear is inevitable on a vehicle over time, but there are plenty of things you can do to help keep the vehicle in its best condition which in the long term will help keep the vehicles optimum value as and when you come to sell or part-ex it.
Contact your Ford main dealer who usually have some free tests they can offer to check your vehicle is in tip top condition.
Washing the vehicle regularly with the correct products, will help prevent particles getting engrained and keep the paintwork in pristine condition.
If/when driving on roads with of loose stones, slow down and reduce the risk of paintwork and windscreen chips.
It is a much-debated subject but auto car washes can have the potential to leave small surface scratches, a good car hand wash service is likely the best way to go.
My Air Conditioning System Doesn’t Seem To Be Working As Well As Normal
Air con systems use filters and need regular maintenance, over time mould can build up in the system, filters may need changing and a good anti-bacterial air conditioning treatment will help keep the system bacteria and mould free.
If you feel your system is not in tip top working condition you can contact your Ford main dealer who will be able to do some tests for you.
What If My New Car Is getting Very Little Use?
We discussed this in more detail in our article about looking after your car during lockdown. A lot of people have found themselves working from home, meaning their car can be sat in the garage on the drive for days or even weeks without use. Your engine's moving parts need lubrication and movement and a car not being used means it’s not getting this. Other considerations are the battery losing charge and black-spotting tyres, all this can happen because of infrequent use.
Our advice is taking your car our for a spin at least twice a week, try to take it on a major road or motorway for 15 or 20 minutes at speeds over 50-60mph for the best results to warm up the tyres, circulate fluids and to give the battery a charge.