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Some simple checks to help maintain your Ford

Performing Self Checks

To keep your car safe and performing at its best, it’s vital that you have it serviced regularly at a Ford Dealer.

However, in between services, there are a few things you can do yourself to help maintain your vehicle. Here are some simple checks to make on a regular basis.

You can also have the checks on your engine oil, wipers and bodywork - and more - carried out by an expert Ford technician at your Dealer.

Read more about Wear and Tear checks

    • Be aware of the correct tyre pressure and check your tyres at least every two weeks, using a good-quality gauge or garage air line.
    • Look for cuts on side walls. If a tyre needs regular top-ups, it may have a slow puncture.
    • Don’t forget to check your spare tyre as well.
    • Make use of the tyre repair kit offered by your Ford Dealer or Authorised Repairer.

    Read more about professional tyre checks

    • Check your owner’s manual for information on where to find the basic tool kit. It should contain at least a jack and wheel removal tools.
    • Familiarise yourself with the jacking points used to lift the car safely.
    • If locking wheel nuts are fitted, make sure the tool kit includes the key or removal tool.
    • If your vehicle does not carry a spare tyre, check the owner’s manual to find the tyre inflation kit.
    • Check the dipstick at least every two weeks and before long journeys.
    • Have the oil and filter changed at the recommended service intervals, using the recommended oil for your vehicle. You can find this information in your owner’s manual.
    • High oil consumption can indicate engine problems.
    • Check the coolant level regularly and top up as necessary – but only when the engine is cold.
    • Have the antifreeze concentration checked before winter.
    • Antifreeze not only prevents the coolant from freezing, it also prevents corrosion within the cooling system and so is important all year round.
    • Wiper blades wear down over time and smear the windscreen.
    • Replace them at least once a year for maximum performance.
    • Check and top up regularly – under legal regulations, your system must work.
    • Use a good screen wash additive throughout summer and winter - water alone won’t remove oily road grime and freezes more readily in winter.
    • Inspect your screen regularly for stone damage and always replace a cracked or chipped screen as soon as possible.
    • Damage may impair vision or distract your attention.
    • Minor chips can spread and crack the glass. A lot of cracks can be repaired by your Ford Dealer.
    • Check all your lights once a week. Don’t forget indicators, brake and fog lights.
    • Clean lights regularly. In bad weather, wipe them with a damp cloth.
    • Check the fluid reservoir once a month.
    • Top up using the appropriate hydraulic fluid only, as advised in your owner's manual – available at your Ford Dealer.
    • Repair damage to bodywork as soon as possible to prevent rust setting in.
    • Your vehicle may have extended bodywork warranty schemes, which require an annual Dealer inspection. Check that the previous owner has kept records up to date.
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