Oil Change Frequency

Your motor oil should be changed every 7,000-15,000 kms, depending on your vehicle’s model year and driving conditions. Most Ford vehicles have an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor that can help you keep track of when an oil change is needed. Exceeding the recommended service interval by as little as 3,000 kms can cause significant damage to your engine! 

Important additives in synthetic oil can begin to break down very quickly after the service recommendation. Anti-oxidants and anti-wear additives breaking down can allow sludge to form within the engine, preventing the proper circulation and flow of oil to key areas such as bearings and fluid galleries. Viscosity modifiers also break down after being exposed to high temperatures (higher than planned temperatures occur in an engine when the lubrication isn't working as designed, increasing the friction internally) and become less effective at keeping fast moving, fine tolerance metal surfaces away from one another. Detergents and solvents degrade quickly after the service schedule which prevents them from being able to wash away carbon and soot from building up in the engine. Oil changes also provide a way of flushing contaminants in the engine such as metallic debris, carbon build-up from unburnt fuel and dirt from the engine, so delaying the oil change continues to circulate these contaminates around the engine doing further damage. 

Between changes, your vehicle’s oil level can drop a small amount within the normal range. However, if it drops to the “MIN” mark or lower between oil changes, you should take the vehicle to your local dealership and let the factory trained technicians inspect it to determine the cause.

Regular Oil Change Schedule

For your specific vehicle, please refer to the Service Price Calculator found here in order to see an estimate of your next service cost. Your Customer Assistance Warranty and Service Guide booklet, found in the glove compartment of your vehicle, will also give you an indication of when your next Scheduled Service is due and what work your Ford dealership will perform.  Your local dealership can provide factory trained technicians and the right parts to ensure the correct services are performed on your vehicle to maximise its service life.

Additional Information

Checking and Adding Engine Oil

Engine Oil Specification

Cost of a Ford Service