Ford Escape Manufacturer's Recommended Maintenance


The 2014 Ford Escape's many tech features, include the Intelligent Oil-Life monitor system, which makes maintenance scheduling easy. The system tracks how the vehicle gets used and calculates the oil change interval for you. Other standard tech goodies that Ford loaded into the 2014 Escape include a motion-activated lift gate, backup camera and Sync, which allows drivers to connect a smartphone and use voice commands.

Oil Change Schedule

  • The Intelligent Oil Life monitor system will notify you when an oil change is due by displaying a message in the information display. You should plan to change the oil within two weeks or 500 miles after the message appears. Reset the Intelligent Oil-Life monitor system after the oil change. If for some reason your information display does not work correctly, change the oil every 5,000 miles or six months, whichever come first.

Oil Change Interval Checklist

  • Ford recommends that every time the display indicates an oil change is due, you should also perform the following maintenance:
    Change the engine oil and filter, rotate the tires, inspect the automatic transmission fluid level, and inspect the brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, brake linings and hoses, as well as the parking brake.
    Inspect the engine cooling system level and hoses, and the exhaust system and heat shields. Perform an inspection of the half-shaft boots, steering linkage, ball joints, suspension, tire-rod ends, driveshaft and U-joints. On four-wheel-drive vehicles lubricate the grease fittings. Finally, Inspect the tires. Measure tread depth and inspect the wheels and note any abnormal noise, wear, looseness or drag.

Longer Intervals

  • Every month, check the engine oil level, make sure interior and exterior lights are working, check tire pressure and the windshield washer fluid level. Every six months, check and clean battery connections, check body and door drain holes for obstructions, check the cooling system fluid level and strength, check the door weatherstripping and lubricate if necessary. Check hinges, latches and outside locks, and lubricate them. Check the parking brake and washer and wiper operation. Check the safety belts and seat latches and safety warning lamps for operation. At 30,000 miles, replace the cabin and engine air filters.

100,000 miles to 150,000 miles

  • At 100,000 miles, change the engine coolant, and after that, every 50,000 miles. Every 100,000 miles replace the spark plugs and inspect the accessory drive belts. Inspect the belts every other oil change until 150,000, when you should replace them. Every 150,000 miles, change the automatic transmission fluid and in the 1.6 liter engine, replace the timing belt.

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