Apart from scheduled servicing, your vehicle may need other maintenance. It’s always important to listen to your car and deal with any problems immediately. Be on alert for changes in performance, sounds and visual tip-offs that indicate service or repairs may be needed. Some other clues to look for include engine stumbling, strange engine noises, a leak under the vehicle, a change in noise from the exhaust, spongy feeling brake or clutch pedals, high engine temperature, or if the vehicle steering pulls to one side. If you do experience any of these early warning signs, make sure that you have your local Ford Service Centre inspect your vehicle at the earliest possible opportunity.
How To Tell If You Need New Spark Plugs
Common signs that your spark plugs need to be replaced include difficult starting, unstable running, engine misfires, loss of performance and increased fuel consumption.
When To Replace Your Oil Filter
A Ford Genuine Oil Filter is designed to perform efficiently for the total time between recommended services. When Action Ford services your car, the oil filter will always be replaced according to the servicing schedule.
When To Replace Your Muffler
In most instances, your muffler will let you know when it’s time for a replacement. Loud, abnormal noise indicates a hole in the muffler, although replacement should be carried out whenever there’s any sort of damage or serious corrosion. Also, if your muffler becomes clogged, then you’ll notice a loss of engine power. Replace your muffler immediately when:
It makes a low booming noise, a rattling noise, or a hissing noise.
The outside of the muffler is covered in soot.
The internal separator rattles when tapped lightly.
The muffler’s exhaust noise becomes louder.
When Your Drive Belt Needs Changing
Ford Genuine Drive Belts are designed for longevity and performance. A drive belt will last 60,000 to 100,000km of normal use, but this can vary greatly due to harsh operating conditions. When a belt wears out, it will start to slip and become noisy. This can cause numerous problems such as reduced cooling efficiency, the battery not being charged properly, and poor performance from the power steering and air conditioning. When Action Ford services your car, the Drive Belts will always be inspected for wear and/or replaced according to the servicing schedule.
When To Replace Your Brake Pads
Ford Genuine Brake Pads are designed to perform efficiently for the total time between recommended services. However, should the brakes begin squeaking or juddering, then have them inspected for wear immediately. When Action Ford services your car, the Brakes Pads will always be inspected according to the servicing schedule.
When To Replace Your Air Filter
A Ford Genuine Air Filter is designed to perform efficiently for the total time between recommended services. However, the condition of your Ford Genuine Air Filter can be judged just by removing the casing and looking at the filter element. If it is dirty, clogged or damaged, then it needs replacing. If it is merely dusty, cleaning will be sufficient. When Action Ford services your car, the Air Filter will always be replaced according to the servicing schedule.
NOTE: Under severe operating conditions your Air Filter may require additional maintenance. Please refer to your Service & Warranty handbook or consult your Ford Dealer.
Tell Tail Signs Of A Worn Clutch
Increase in fuel consumption
Speed doesn’t pick up quickly compared to amount of acceleration
Poor power when climbing hills
When To Replace Your Shock Absorbers
Ford Genuine Shock Absorbers are designed for longevity and performance. However, should your steering become unresponsive, and you begin to feel every bump in the road, then they probably need replacing. If you have your Ford Service Centre service your car, then the shock absorbers will always be inspected according to the servicing schedule.
The best way to ensure trouble-free motoring for years and years is to develop a habit of regularly checking under the bonnet and around your Ford. It only takes a few minutes when you’re getting petrol, and early detection could save you a lot of money. If you’re unsure how to carry out these checks, see your Service & Warranty Handbook or ask your Action Ford Service Advisor for a demonstration at your next service.
At home, you should walk around your car checking all lights and indicators are operating.
Checking Engine Oil
Make sure that the vehicle is parked on a level spot, the engine is at operating temperature and the engine is turned off.
Wait a few minutes for the oil to drain to the bottom of the engine.
Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean. Reinsert the dipstick – pushing it in as far as it will go.
Then pull it out and look at the level on the end.
If the level is near or below the Low Level, remove the oil filler cap and add small amounts of oil at a time – using the dipstick to check the level.
Checking Engine Coolant
Open the bonnet and look at the see-through coolant reservoir when the engine is cold. If you can’t locate the coolant reservoir refer to your Owner’s Manual. The coolant level should be between the FULL and LOW lines indicated. If the level is low, add enough coolant to bring the level up to the FULL line.
Radiator and Heater Hoses
Radiator and heater hoses are difficult to check as the deterioration occurs from the inside. We recommend your hoses are checked by carrying out a pressure test on the cooling system at regular service intervals.
Brake Fluid Level
The brake fluid is housed in a see-through reservoir, so do a visual check to make sure that the level is between the ‘MAX’ and ‘MIN’ lines. It is normal for the fluid level to go down slightly as the brake pads wear, so be sure to keep the reservoir filled. If the reservoir needs frequent refilling, it may indicate a serious mechanical problem. If you’re not sure where to find the brake fluid reservoir, check your Owner’s Manual.
Do a visual check of your tyre pressure every week and check them with a pressure gauge fortnightly, or at the very least, monthly. And don’t forget to also check the spare. The importance of the correct tyre pressure can’t be stressed enough. The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found on a label inside the driver’s door or in your Owner’s Manual. For an accurate reading only check the pressure when the tyres are cold.
You will find a pressure gauge and air hose at all petrol stations. Remove the valve caps and hold the pressure gauge to the outlet, then slowly add air until you reach the specified level. Always replace the valve caps tightly.
Lights & Basic Functions
Walk around your car and check that all lights and indicators are working. Also check the horn and the service indicators which should light up on your dash when you start the engine.