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Auto Service & Maintenance FAQ’s | Washougal, WA

Ford Service

Many people have questions when it comes to auto service and maintenance for their Ford car, truck, or SUV. The Ford experts at Westlie Ford in Washougal, WA have put together this auto service FAQ article to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions that Ford owners have.

 

You can schedule a service using our easy online appointment scheduler. If you have any questions, reach out to us through our online contact form, or call (360) 602-2510 to speak with our knowledgeable service department.

 

Oil Change

Q: How often should I get my oil changed?

A: As a general rule of thumb, drivers should get an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles. You should check your owner’s manual for a detailed explanation that is based on the year and specific model of your Ford car, truck, or SUV.

 

Q: Can’t I just change my own oil?

A: Technically, yes, but there are risks involved. These include oil leaks, cross-threading the filter, and using the wrong motor oil, among others. Avoid these hassles by scheduling a service appointment at Westlie Ford!

 

Filters

Q: What is the function of auto filters?

A: Air, cabin, and fuel filters are designed to prevent harmful debris from entering the parts of your vehicle where air and fluid flows through. If not properly replaced, your Ford vehicle can suffer from a major decrease in performance.

 

Q: How often do my filters need to be replaced?

A: It’s recommended to get your filters replaced every 12 months or 12,000 miles.

 

Fluids

Q: Which fluids am I supposed to be checking?

A: There are 6 main auto fluids that you will want to check out regularly. These include:

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid

Q: When should I have my auto fluids replaced (flushed out)?

A: There are different kinds of fluid flushes since a vehicle contains several different fluids.

  • Brake fluid flush: Rarely needed
  • Engine oil flush: Recommended every 3 months
  • Power steering fluid flush: Rarely needed
  • Coolant flush: Recommended every 30,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first

 

Brakes

Q: How do I know when to get my brakes checked and/or replaced? 

A: Keep your ears open for any strange sounds, especially squealing noises. This is usually a good indicator to go and get your brakes looked at.

 

Q: How long are brake pads supposed to last?

A: The lifetime of your break pads ultimately depends on your driving habits, patterns, and overall vehicle usage.

 

Tires 

Q: How often should I have my tires rotated?

A: It is suggested to have them rotated every other oil change or about every 7,000 miles.

 

Q: Why is it important to get your tires serviced?

A: Having your tires regularly rotated can prevent wear and tear to your tires and other related tire damage.

 

Tune Up

Q: What is an auto tune-up?

A: A tune-up includes making adjustments to a vehicle in order to improve its overall engine function. Tune-ups often involve an oil change and the replacing of filters and spark plugs.

 

Q: How do I know when my car needs a tune up?

A: Today’s newer model vehicles can go as far as 100,000 miles without needing a major tune-up. If you are experiencing several problems with your vehicle, you may want come in for car maintenance and talk with a mechanic to see if a tune-up is necessary.