Ford SUVs such as the Edge and Escape are more reliable than ever before; nevertheless, you’ll still need to perform routine service to maintain performance and fuel economy and also to prevent potential breakdowns. When it comes to SUV maintenance, there are a few tips to keep in mind, from properly budgeting to changing driving habits. If you have any more questions about servicing your Ford Escape or Edge, contact us here at Titus-Will Ford in Tacoma, WA. We can also schedule a maintenance appointment for your ride, to ensure that it stays in tip-top shape.
Budget for Maintenance
You should set aside money for maintenance every few months or so, including oil changes, fluid checks, tire rotations, and brakes. In other words, you know that you’ll likely need an oil change every three to five months, and new brakes every 15,000 to 20,000 miles, so it’s a smart idea to save up now. Our dealership offers fair rates for expert service, which means you can get everything you need in one place.
Create a Schedule
Pay close attention to warranty coverage to make sure that if you do need repairs that you get them done while they’re still covered by the warranty. Even then, be sure to make a calendar for things like oil changes, filter changes, and so forth. This will help you avoid forgetting maintenance, and it can also prevent you from replacing something you just fixed a few months earlier.
Tires and Fluid Checks
You can do some maintenance yourself, like checking the tires and fluid levels. Learn where the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, and wiper fluid are, and check their levels every month or so. Remember to be on a level surface, and check the fluid when it’s the car is cool (the transmission needs to be checked after the engine is warmed up). The same goes for tires: you can check tire pressure yourself to make sure it’s not too low or high.
It sounds simple, but driving carefully will extend the life of your car and extend the time between repairs and service. Don’t speed or accelerate quickly, and avoid hard brakes. It can be tempting to floor it when you have the power of an SUV, but this ultimately hurts the engine and other components over time.