2020 Ford Explorer Exterior

How Often Should I Service My Ford Explorer?

Your Ford Explorer maintenance schedule can be found in the owner's manual that comes with your Ford. The owner's manual provides detailed information about the parts that need to be checked at all Ford Explorer service intervals. It's essential to follow the specific service requirements listed in the owner's manual, as your vehicle's service needs may be different from other cars, even other Explorers. No matter how old your car is, maintaining your vehicle as scheduled will reduce the risk of car problems and even prevent safety issues.

15,000-Miles

When your Ford Explorer reaches 15,000 miles, it will be due for its first full-service appointment. The Explorer will need to have its oil changed at 15,000 miles. The first oil change takes place around 7,500 miles, but your car may need the oil changed sooner, depending on your driving habits. The vehicle will have the engine oil levels checked, and the oil quality will also be examined. The mechanic may also decide to replace the engine filter that purifies air going into the car's fuel lines. The Ford technician will look at the brakes, exhaust system, and cooling system.

30,000-Mile Service

At 30,000 miles, your Ford Explorer will have another inspection of the brakes and brake components. The cooling system gets rechecked, too, along with the exhaust system. The car will get another complete oil change, which is most likely a synthetic oil change. The tires will be rotated again, and the engine air filter may be changed along with the engine's filter to help purify the air in the passenger compartment. A multi-point vehicle inspection will be performed on the Ford at this point, too.

60,000-Mile Service

When your Ford Explorer reaches 60,000 miles, it will get a more comprehensive inspection. The service schedule at this point calls for another replacement of the engine and air filters. The tires will get inspected again, and they will be rotated. The cooling system gets another check at 60,000 miles, and the exhaust system will also be checked. The brakes and steering linkage are examined, along with the U-joints and ball joints. The heat shields are also limited.

90,000-Mile Service

When your Ford Explorer hits 90,000 miles, it will have the spark plugs changed if they have not been replaced yet. The wires in the spark plug system will also be checked. The transmission will be evaluated for safety and signs of problems, and the transmission fluid will be drained and flushed.

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