Changing your oil routinely is one of the smartest things you can do for your car, truck or SUV. That's why the 35,000 technicians at Ford Dealers across the country are here to help you keep your vehicle in top shape. Here are a few oil change service basics and the terms you should know so you can get the most out of your next dealership service visit.
Why and when do I need to change my oil?
Clean, well-circulating oil helps your engine last longer, perform more efficiently and can even improve your gas mileage. Traditionally, with older vehicles, the standard had been to change oil every 3,000 miles. But with advancements in automotive technology, most newer vehicles can go 5,000 miles or beyond before they require an oil change. The best advice to make this determination is to consult a factory-trained Ford technician, who can help you ensure your vehicle alerts and maintenance schedule are set to keep you on top of your oil change needs.
What are the types of oils?
When you bring your vehicle in to a Ford Dealer, your technician will recommend an oil based on your vehicle's needs. The types of oils are conventional, synthetic and synthetic blend. Conventional oils are traditional, petroleum-based and are adequate for normal use but limited in the protection they offer. Synthetic oils are manufactured and provide more additives and fewer impurities to help improve engine performance. Synthetic oils generally cost more and are usually required in performance or luxury cars. Synthetic blend oils combine conventional and synthetic oils and are sometimes referred to as “high-mileage” oils. If your vehicle has logged more than 100,000 miles, a synthetic blend oil will help your engine last longer.
What do the numbers mean?
The numbers you hear when people talk about oil, such as 10W-30, represent the “weights” or grades of oil. These are based on a coding system developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to grade oils based on their viscosity. Viscosity is a measure of how smoothly oil flows at a specific temperature.
It's important to know which grade of oil is recommended for your vehicle. In addition to 10W-30, other common viscosities are 5W-30 and 5W-20. You can find the recommended oil type in your owner's manual or support profile at owner.ford.com, or you can review your vehicle service records with your Ford service technician.
Should you change your oil filter with every oil change?
The oil filter catches contaminants and impurities to help keep your oil cleaner longer, so you should replace it with every oil change. As part of your oil change or Works®* Package service, your factory-trained technician will ensure your replacement filter is certified and appropriate for your vehicle.
What other vehicle systems are included with The Works®* Package oil change and vehicle checkup?
The price of an oil change at your local Ford Dealership is highly competitive with other providers' and our goal is to make sure your vehicle is well cared for and safe to drive. With factory-trained technicians and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, The Works Package is the best deal around. The Works Package includes a synthetic blend oil change, tire rotation and pressure check, brake inspection, Multi-Point inspection, fluid top-off, battery test, filter check, plus a belts and hoses check. It's an oil change and much more.
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*Up to five quarts of Motorcraft® Synthetic Blend oil and Motorcraft oil filter. See Service Advisor for exclusions and details. Offer valid with coupon.