Ford Explorer Repair and Service

Your Guide to Prolonging the Lifespan of Your Ford Explorer

General Maintenance

In the world of SUVs, the Ford Explorer is a name synonymous with durability and versatility. But to ensure that your Explorer stays in peak condition, it’s crucial to understand the nuances of its maintenance needs.

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Here’s what you need to know to keep your Ford Explorer in top condition for the long haul.

Routine Ignition Components

  • Spark Plugs: These are essential for optimal engine performance. Checking them every 30,000 miles can offer insights into the overall condition of your Explorer’s engine. If you notice wear and tear, replace them with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) plugs for best results.
  • Ignition Coils: While they generally last longer, it’s a good idea to have them inspected when you’re checking your spark plugs. Deteriorated coils can lead to reduced fuel efficiency and misfires.

Filters to Frequently Check

  • Oil Filter: To keep your engine running smoothly, replace the oil filter every time you change your oil, usually every 5,000 miles for modern Ford Explorers.
  • Air Filter: Depending on the conditions in which you drive, your air filter might require more frequent replacements. Generally, swapping it out every 20,000 miles is a good practice.
  • Fuel Filter: Keep your fuel system in check by replacing the fuel filter every 30,000 miles. This will help prevent contaminants from affecting fuel injectors or the carburetor.
  • Transmission Filter: For optimal transmission function, consider replacing this filter every 15,000 miles.

Additional Maintenance Parts

  • Oxygen Sensors: Monitor your Ford Explorer’s fuel and air mix through oxygen sensors. Replacing these at the recommended intervals can maintain fuel efficiency and engine performance.
  • Belts and Hoses: Regularly inspect belts for fraying and hoses for leaks to prevent breakdowns. Timing belts generally require replacement at around 60,000 miles.
  • Fluids: This includes not just engine oil but also transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. Regular checks can prevent long-term issues.

Tips for Optimal Maintenance

  1. Cleanliness is Key: A clean engine not only runs cooler but also makes it easier to spot issues before they become major problems.
  2. Know Your Vehicle: Always consult your vehicle’s manual for specific recommendations on maintenance schedules.
  3. Regular Checks: Make inspections a routine. Some issues might not present immediate problems but could become severe if left unattended.
  4. Adapt to Changes: Your vehicle’s computerized systems might take time to adapt to new components. Be patient and allow these systems to recalibrate.

Ford Explorer Tune-Up Checklist

  • Spark Plugs
  • Ignition Coils
  • Oil Filter
  • Air Filter
  • Fuel Filter
  • Transmission Filter
  • Oxygen Sensors
  • Belts and Hoses
  • Various Fluids

By being proactive in the maintenance of your Ford Explorer, you’re investing in its longevity, performance, and reliability. Always consult your vehicle’s manual or seek professional advice for the most accurate and personalized maintenance tips.

Ford Explorer Auto Repair and Service at P.B. Foreign and Domestic Car Repair

We specialize in the repair and service of Ford Explorer automobiles, understanding their unique mechanical and electrical nuances. Our technicians are trained to provide top-notch service that matches the high standards set by Ford Explorer car manufacturers. Keep your Ford Explorer vehicle running optimally. Contact us online to schedule an appointment or give us a call at 1-858-270-1142.

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