Know when to change your engine oil

Changing your engine oil and filter at appropriate intervals helps maintain your vehicle. Clean oil lubricates your engine, and is necessary to help protect your engine and ensure its proper function. Without this periodic service, the resulting metal-on-metal contact could cause severe damage.

Why regular oil changes are important

Regular oil and filter changes help your vehicle run with optimum efficiency. Use the proper grade of engine oil recommended in your Owner's Manual to improve your gas mileage by as much as 2%.*

How often should I change my oil?


Typical driving habits

In general, Ford Motor Company recommends the following oil change schedule:

  • 2008 and newer model-year vehicles: every 7,500 miles or every six months, whichever comes first
  • 2007 and older model-year vehicles: every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first 

 


Less typical driving habits

Change your oil and filter more often if you have any of the following driving habits:

  • Towing or carrying heavy loads
  • Idling extensively or driving at low speeds for long distances
  • Driving in dusty conditions
  • Driving off-road frequently
  • Using E85 fuel more than 50% of the time

When you drive regularly on rugged terrain or in unfavorable conditions, Ford Motor Company recommends an alternate oil change schedule:

  • 2008 and newer model-year vehicles: every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first
  • 2007 and older model-year vehicles: every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first
 

How do I schedule my next oil change?

To find out what scheduled oil change maintenance is recommended for your vehicle, consult your Ford Owner's Guide. Call your Ford Dealership or log into your Ford Owner account to schedule service.

Learn more about the benefits of scheduling maintenance at your dealership.

Convenient tools are now available to make it easier than ever to know when your vehicle needs an oil change. See details below on the Maintenance Scheduler and the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor™ (IOLM).

Maintenance Scheduler

The Maintenance Scheduler takes the guesswork out of tracking your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. You can access this tool at the Ford Owner  site. Just enter a few details about you and your vehicle, such as driving habits and current estimated mileage. A customized slider appears, offering a snapshot of each recommended vehicle service by mileage interval. While you’re in the tool, you can also schedule service at your Ford Dealership or find special offers by clicking a button.

Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor

IOLM is a feature found in your vehicle’s instrument cluster message center. IOLM notifies you at key oil change intervals by displaying alerts such as “Engine Oil Change Soon” or “Oil Change Required.” The system also alerts you when your fuel filters need maintenance or fuel pressure is low.

IOLM uses an algorithm to calculate your oil change intervals based on actual engine operating conditions. The system must be reset after each oil change. Not doing so will result in a premature “Oil Change Required” alert.

For specific IOLM applications, please refer to your Owner's Manual. IOLM is now available in the majority of 2011 and later model-year Ford vehicles.

Synthetic oil and the IOLM

Ford engines have been tested using Motorcraft® Synthetic Blended Oils. If you use synthetic oil, it must meet Ford specifications for motor oil and the specific oil weight as indicated in your Owner’s Guide. Ford still recommends using the oil change service intervals as indicated by the IOLM.

*Sources: fueleconomy.gov, epa.gov.

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