Frequently Asked Automotive Service Questions

When it comes to taking care of your Ford car, truck, SUV, or van, many different parts will require routine maintenance and service. Unless you're a car mechanic, you most likely have plenty of questions about your vehicle maintenance and care. To help our Southcoast area drivers, we've created a list of answers to some of our most frequently asked service questions.

  • How Often Should I Check My Vehicle's Fluid Levels?

Every vehicle should have its fluid levels checked once a month. Look to make sure that the fluids are full, clean, and not leaking.

  • How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

While every vehicle is different, most newer cars, trucks, and SUVs should have their oil changed between 5,000 and 7,500 miles. To know your model's specific timeline, check the owner's manual.


  • Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

The coolant in your vehicle's engine helps to maintain the correct temperature. As the engine works, the coolant will break down and will need to be flushed and replaced.

  • How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?

There are two types of air filters. The engine air filter should be changed between every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, and the cabin air filter should be changed around every 30,000 miles.


  • When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

Wear on your brakes depends on how you drive and where you drive. If you use your brakes more, drive in city traffic often, or tend to ride your brakes, then you'll need to have your brake pads replaced more frequently. A loud squealing noise is a sign that it's time to replace the brake pads.

  • How Often Should I Have My Brakes Checked?

Does your car shudder, squeal, or smell acidic when you use the brakes? Does your brake pedal now go all the way to the floor when you apply it? These are all signs that your brakes need to be checked or repaired. You should also have them checked at every oil change.

  • When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

If your car hasn't started when it should or has taken a while to start, you'll want to have your battery inspected. A technician can test its charge to see if it needs to be replaced.

  • When Should I Get a Tire Rotation?

Your tires should be rotated about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or at least once every six months.

  • What's the Point of a Tire Rotation?

Unlike most people think, each tire on your vehicle doesn't wear evenly. In order to ensure even wear, your tires need to be rotated at every oil change. Here at Empire Ford, we offer a "WORKS Package" that includes an oil change, tire rotation and 21 point inspection, as well as topping off fluids.

  • Do I Really Need Winter Tires?

Yes, especially in Massachusetts. Winter tires are designed to handle the cold, snowy, and icy weather and will help keep you safe on the road. You should have your winter tires put on as soon as you first see your breath.

  • How Much Air Pressure Should I Put into My Tires?

Every vehicle is different, but many manufacturers' optimum (recommended) tire pressure is between 30 and 35 PSI. You can find your car's specific tire pressure recommendation on the sticker in the door jamb or the owner's manual.

  • What Happens If I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light?

The low tire pressure warning light indicates that one or more of your tires has low tire pressure. This could be because of a potentially flat and may cause bigger issues if left unchecked.

  • What Should I Do When My Check Engine Lights Come On?

If your check engine light should come on, call a service center as soon as possible and set an appointment to see what's wrong. If the check engine light is flashing, pull over immediately and contact a service center.

Learn More At Empire Ford Of New Bedford

If you have more questions about your vehicle maintenance, don't hesitate to contact our Empire Ford of New Bedford dealership. We'd love to help you keep your car running strong. Call to schedule an appointment today at 888-693-0925 or schedule your appointment on-line here.