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Do you want to keep your Ford truck running smoothly? Are you wondering what you can do to make it last for years to come? 

But, if you keep up with preventative maintenance, you can make your Ford last a lot longer.

Check out this guide to discover how to keep your Ford running smoothly for years to come. 

1. Keep Up With Oil Changes 

Keeping up with regular oil changes is one of the most important things you can do to keep your Ford running smoothly- or keep any vehicle running smoothly, for that matter. 

Oil changes help to reduce and remove excess dirt that has built up in your Ford's engine. Many vehicles also develop sludge over time, and an oil change will remove the sludge to keep your vehicle running efficiently. 

Oil changes also help prevent your engine from overheating. If your car parts lack lubrication, it creates friction, which turns into heat. Changing your oil will help to lubricate your car parts and get rid of this friction. 

Poor engine lubrication can also lead to increased fuel consumption. Making sure your engine has enough clean oil will help to improve your gas mileage. Additionally, oil changes can help improve the lifespan of your Ford vehicle

Generally speaking, you should change your car's oil every 3,000 to 7,500 miles. Check your owner's manual for more exact recommendations. 

2. Rotate Your Ford's Tires 

Rotating your tires is another important component to keeping your Ford running smoothly. Tire rotation helps to maintain traction and preserve balanced handling. This is especially important when roads are slick from snow or rain. 

Rotating your tires also helps to even out the tire wear. Generally speaking, you should rotate your Ford's tires every 6000 to 8000 miles. However, you may need to rotate them earlier if you notice any of these signs:

·         Uneven Wear Between the Tires: If the front tires are wearing faster than the back ones, then it's time to rotate them

·         Pressure Loss: If one tire is losing air more quickly than the others, it means there's too much pressure being put on it, so rotation is necessary

·         Vehicle Vibration: If you notice your vehicle vibrating (typically, this happens at speeds of 45 mph or higher), then it's time to rotate your tires

While rotating the tires won't extend the life of the vehicle itself, it will result in a smoother ride in your Ford. 

3. Check the Fluid Levels 

While the oil is the most important fluid to worry about, there are other fluids you should monitor in your Ford vehicle.

Engine Coolant 

In addition to the oil level, you should also check the engine coolant level. 

Engine coolant prevents your vehicle from overheating during hot weather, and it prevents it from freezing during cold weather. Driving with low engine coolant can damage certain parts of your Ford, which can result in costly repairs. 

Typically, if your Ford has low engine coolant levels, the antifreeze light will trigger. Some Ford vehicles also display a "check coolant" message on the dashboard. 

If your Ford has low engine coolant levels, you may also notice that your AC is malfunctioning or that your high-temperature gauge is in the red. If there's a coolant leak in your Ford, you may notice a semi-sweet smell coming from your air conditioner. 

Generally speaking, you should change your engine coolant every 30,000 miles. 

Brake Fluid 

Brake fluid only needs to be changed every three years or so, but it's still important to pay attention to your vehicle's fluid levels. Also known as hydraulic acid fluid, brake fluid helps move various parts of your vehicle's brake system. 

Without brake fluid, your Ford wouldn't be able to stop when you push down on the brake pedal. 

Transmission Fluid 

It's also important to check your Ford's transmission fluid levels. Transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles or so, but your owner's manual will let you know the exact number. 

Transmission fluid helps cool the transmission, lubricate moving parts, and facilitate gear shifts. 

4. Get Your Wheels Aligned

If you notice your Ford truck pulling to one side or the other when driving, then it's probably time for a wheel alignment. Driving over rough terrain at high speeds can cause your wheels to misalign. If your wheels aren't properly aligned, it'll cause more wear and tear on your tires. 

Misalignment can also lead to poor gas mileage and cause you to experience poor handling on the road. In addition to your vehicle pulling you to one side while driving, here are some other signs that you need to get your wheels aligned:

·         Squealing tires

·         Rapid or uneven tire wear

·         Noisy steering

·         Crooked steering wheel

Most mechanics recommend that you get your wheels aligned every two to three years. 

5. Check Your Tire Pressure 

Checking your tire pressure is another important part of preventative maintenance for your Ford vehicle. You can easily check your tire pressure using a tire pressure gauge. 

You should wait to check the pressure for at least three hours after your last drive. All you need to do is read the air pressure gauge's owner manual to learn how to properly check the pressure of your tires. 

Preventative Maintenance: Time to Take Care of Your Ford 

Now that you've read these preventative maintenance tips for your Ford vehicle, it's time to put them to use. With these tips, your vehicle will last longer and you'll have a smoother ride. 

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