Maintaining Your Ford Truck

Keeping up to date with your maintenance is the single most important thing on any vehicle, especially Ford trucks. The very first thing you must do to your truck is change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles. I promise you from years of experience, you still need to change your oil every 3,000 miles even if you use synthetic blend or full synthetic. You might think I'm crazy and wrong but the best thing for Ford trucks is conventional motor oil changing it every 3000 miles. The next thing that everyone overlooks is transmission fluid. It is important to change your tranny fluid and filter every 30,000 miles. If you wait more than 90,000 miles before changing your fluid, you can expect your transmission to fail shortly after changing it. When you don't change your tranny fluid, the fluid gums up, hardens, and keeps certain parts from slipping because they are worn from running dirty fluid. Then, once you finally change your fluid and flush the old fluid out, those worn parts inside your transmission don't have that sticky old fluid to hold it together so your transmission fails. If you change your fluid regularly, those parts won't be worn out from bad fluid and therefore won't need the sticky fluid to hold the pieces together. It is very important to check and replace your brakes both front and rear. Your average Joe will either drive his truck until the brakes squeak then replace them, or will replace them every time any quick lube or mechanic tells him to. Ford trucks in most circumstances (besides new trucks) typically have front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. There are many things to check for when determining if your truck needs brake work. I always start off by checking for brake dust and rust on all braking components. More than 85 percent of the time, when you hear your brakes squeak, it's simply brake dust between the pads and rotor. Blow all the dust and rust off thoroughly with a blower tool on your air compressor. Check for uneven markings by running your finger sideways across the surface of the rotor. Check for grooves in your trucks pads and rotors. Have a machine shop re-cut and balance your rotors if they are grooved or warped. If you see a sloped-like surface across your brake pad, then you need to replace your calipers. Another common issue with Ford trucks especially is brake lines. If your Ford truck is 10 years or older, take the time and look at your brake lines. If they are severely rusted or wet, have a professional mechanic inspect and replace the lines. If neglected, a line will break causing you to lose all brake pressure and not be able to stop your truck which could result in serious injury. It is also important to keep up on the following: Front and Rear Differential Fluid every 100,000 miles Coolant Flush and Change every 30,000 miles Power Steering Fluid Change every 30,000 miles Brake Fluid Change every 30,000 miles Balance and Rotate Tires every 5,000 miles Replace Spark Plugs every 50,000 - 70,000 miles and check wires for dry rot