At Don’s Ford of Utica, NY, we know that routine car maintenance is essential to maintaining the quality and lifespan of your Ford car. Most drivers know the basics of Ford service — but do you know exactly what tasks you should be performing, and at which intervals they should happen? Here’s a service checklist from our Ford dealership to help you navigate the ins and outs of regular maintenance.

Oil Changes

Probably the most important and most frequent car service task would be to check or change your oil. Motor oil lubricates your engine so it can function properly, and if you fail to perform this essential task, the consequences can be devastating.

Oil changes are recommended every 3,000-6,000 miles or three to six months, depending on your vehicle, the type of oil it takes, and more. During this service, our technicians will also check your other fluid levels and filter quality, and will any necessary adjustments.

Tire Service

Tire service is another crucial task for your vehicle, but one that often gets forgotten in lieu of more frequent tasks like oil changes. As your tires age, they may experience uneven wear, whether from the position on your vehicle or inadequate tire pressure. Rotating your tires to different positions helps them wear more evenly, and avoids losing too much tread in one place.

While tire rotations are recommended every five to six months or 5,000 miles, you should inspect your tire condition and pressure monthly. 

Brake Service

Your brakes are another part of your Ford vehicle that probably could use a bit more attention than you’d think. Brakes are obviously an important function in your car, and their failure could mean catastrophic problems.

As your brake pads wear out, they’ll eventually need to be replaced. A Ford service technician should inspect your brake pads, rotors, fluid, and more every six months or so.

If you’re past due on your next maintenance visit, schedule Ford service online or call us to set up your next appointment. At Don’s Ford of Utica, we’re always here for your automotive needs!