Ford Oil Change
If you’re a Ford driver in Rockwall, Mesquite, or Garland, Rockwall Ford would like to help you out when it comes to making sure you’re providing your Ford with the maintenance it requires to continue to perform at the same high level. In this case, we’ll be discussing Ford oil changes.
The following is a quick rundown of a few things to keep in mind in terms of this important aspect of automotive maintenance. If you have any questions as you’re reading along, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by email, phone, or simply stopping by to see us in person. A member of our team will be happy to explain or demonstrate anything you’d like to know more about.
Why Oil Changes are Necessary
Motor oil makes sure everything inside the engine is running smoothly. It does this by lubricating all of the various parts, keeping everything free of dirt and debris, and maintaining a moderate temperature. As oil gets older, it begins to break down. When this occurs, it starts to collect any particles of dirt that might be inside the engine. Eventually, a harmful sludge will develop that can cause a lot of engine damage. Having your oil changed regularly ensures that you avoid this development.
Ford Oil Changes: How Often?
Be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the recommended number of miles you should go between oil changes. Generally speaking, the frequency with which you should have your oil changed depends largely on your vehicle’s age and the type of oil it uses. If it’s older, it likely runs on conventional oil. In this case, it should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If your car is newer and uses synthetic oil, the range is 6,000 to 7,500 miles.
Because such factors as your vehicle’s age, driving behavior, and road conditions can reduce the above ranges considerably, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the following.
- Unusual noises. In the event your oil is running low or is too thin, there’s a good chance the engine will let you know. For instance, it might run louder than usual or make clicking or banging noises.
- Warning lights on the dashboard. When the Ford oil change light shows up on your dashboard, this is a good indication that it’s time to get it done. The check engine light is also a good help.
- Color. Keep in mind that, when oil is healthy, it looks like honey. If it’s darker or has dirt in it, it’s time to have it changed.
Ford Oil Change Reset
It’s possible that, after the oil is changed, the oil change light might remain on. This can be reset manually. All you need to do is put the key in the ignition, and turn it so the battery is on. Then, slowly push down on the gas pedal three times within a span of 10 seconds. When you turn the key to shut everything off and turn the ignition on, the light should be off.
Schedule Your Next Oil Change with Us Today
Now that you know more about the importance of regular oil changes, you can look forward to a healthy driving performance for years to come. If your Ford is ready for one and you live or work in Rockwall, Mesquite, or Garland, contact Rockwall Ford to set up your appointment with our service center.