Team Ford Answers Your Service Questions
We at Team Ford understand that while everyone drives a vehicle, not everyone knows how to service a vehicle. That’s okay though, because we have a Quick Lane® service centre staffed by Ford factory-trained technicians who know your vehicle inside and out.
To help you out we’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions regarding vehicle maintenance, so you can have a better understanding of what might be wrong, and maybe even what you need to do to fix it.
Question: Do I have to use the manufacturer’s original parts to keep my warranty valid?
You do not need to use a manufacturer’s original equipment to keep your warranty valid, as they cannot legally specify what parts you put in your vehicle. That being said, Team Ford carries a wide range of OEM products that have been tested with the same rigorous standards as your vehicle, and are designed with your vehicle in mind. Why gamble on a one-size-fits-all aftermarket part when you can use a part that is built specifically for your Ford vehicle? Aftermarket manufacturers simply can’t guarantee their parts in your Ford like Ford can.
Question: Why is my Check Engine light on?
There are a number of reasons that could be behind your Check Engine light turning on—one of which includes a loose gas cap! If your Check Engine light goes on, you don’t need to stop driving immediately, but you should make an appointment to have your vehicle inspected. Low oil pressure or an overheating engine are just a couple of the potential issues that, if not checked or repaired quickly, can turn into much more substantial issues down the road.
Question: How do I check my engine oil level?
Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle; you must take care to ensure that your vehicle’s oil levels are appropriate, otherwise you could be dealing with a very expensive repair. It is also one of the simplest tasks you can perform. If you’re having issues checking or changing your oil, be sure to stop by our Quick Lane service centre, and we’ll be sure to help you out.
Question: How often do I need to have my vehicle serviced?
Service intervals will vary from vehicle to vehicle, so your best bet is following the maintenance schedule laid out in your Owner’s Manual. Should you not have the manual, you can usually find a PDF online via Ford.ca—but a good rule is every 6 months or 6,000 kilometres. Regular service keeps your vehicle in peak condition, and can help technicians spot any smaller problems before they become larger ones.
Question: When should I replace my battery?
Like any battery, your car battery has a finite lifespan, usually from 3 to 6 years. Things like vehicle type, driving habits, even the weather can have an effect on battery life as well. A good rule of thumb is, if your battery is over 3 years old and you experience any electrical issues, it may be time to look at getting a new one. Replacing a battery is as easy as making a service appointment with us—we’ll even safely dispose of the old one.
Question: How do I prepare my vehicle for summer?
There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the summer months. Oil changes, all-season tires, and replacement wiper blades are all simple ways you can prepare your vehicle for optimal performance in the summer. For more ideas, check out our blog on preparing your vehicle for summer.
Question: How do I prepare my vehicle for winter?
Similar to preparing your vehicle for summer, there are a number of ways in which you can get your vehicle in tip-top shape before the temperature drops. A thorough inspection is in order; from checking your battery to your lights, no box should be left unchecked. Fluids will need to be changed for more viscous fluids that are less likely to freeze, and an emergency vehicle kit is a wise choice in the event that you are stuck on the side of the road. Perhaps most importantly, you will need to swap your tires for winter tires.
Question: Do I really need winter tires?
A resounding yes! Vehicle tires are made out of special rubber compounds, and winter tires are no different. Only winter tires have a lower freezing point, meaning that they will retain their shape and consistency when the temperature plummets. They also have different tread patterns that are capable of gripping the snow and ice better. These are just a few of the reasons you should be using winter tires.
Question: How do I program remote keys for my Ford
Programming your keys for easy access to your vehicle is a simple 6-step process. We’ve laid out each individual step, and why you may want to do so, in our blog here.
Question: Do I need to call to make a maintenance appointment?
You do not need to make an appointment for certain maintenance procedures, thanks to Team Ford’s Quick Lane service department. We can checked and rotate your tires, change your oil, and more—and we can do it all while you wait. We’re the only Ford Quick Lane service department on the south side of the city, servicing Edmonton, Mill Woods, Sherwood Park, and the surrounding areas, so next time you need some regular maintenance—think of us first!
Hopefully we’ve been able to answer some of your questions regarding servicing your Ford, but if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also check back here from time-to-time, as we’ll keep the FAQ updated with answers.