Service recommendations

To help you service your vehicle:

  • We highlight do-it-yourself items in the engine compartment for easy location.
  • We provide a scheduled maintenance guide which makes tracking routine service easy.

If your vehicle requires professional service, your dealership can provide the necessary parts and service. Check your Warranty Guide/Owner Information Guide to find out which parts and services are covered.

Use only recommended fuels, lubricants, fluids and service parts conforming to specifications. Motorcraft parts are designed and built to provide the best performance in your vehicle.

PRECAUTIONS WHEN SERVICING YOUR VEHICLE

  • Do not work on a hot engine.
  • Make sure that nothing gets caught in moving parts.
  • Do not work on a vehicle with the engine running in an enclosed space, unless you are sure you have enough ventilation.
  • Keep all open flames and other burning (cigarettes) material away from the battery and all fuel related parts.

2. Turn off the engine and remove the key.

3. Block the wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving unexpectedly.

  • Manual transaxle:

1. Set the parking brake, depress


1. Set the parking brake, depress the clutch and place the gearshift in 1 (First).

2. Turn off the engine and remove


2. Turn off the engine and remove the key.

3. Block the wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving unexpectedly.

Working with the engine off


Working with the engine off

Automatic transaxle:

1. Set the parking brake and shift to P (Park).

2. Turn off the engine and remove the key.

3. Block the wheels.

Manual transaxle:

1. Set the parking brake, depress the clutch and place the gearshift in 1 (First).

2. Turn off the engine and remove the key.

3. Block the wheels.

Working with the engine on

Automatic transaxle:

1. Set the parking brake and shift to P (Park).

2. Block the wheels.

Manual transaxle

1. Set the parking brake, depress the clutch and place the gearshift in N (Neutral).

2. Block the wheels.

Note: Do not start your engine with the air cleaner removed and do not remove it while the engine is running.

OPENING THE HOOD 1. Inside the vehicle, pull the hood


1. Inside the vehicle, pull the hood release handle located under the bottom left corner of the instrument panel. 2. Go to the front of the vehicle and release the auxiliary latch that is


2. Go to the front of the vehicle and release the auxiliary latch that is located under the front center of the hood.

3. Lift the hood and secure it with the prop rod.


3. Lift the hood and secure it with the prop rod.

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