Ford Explorer: Scheduled Maintenance / Special Operating Conditions Scheduled Maintenance

Ford Explorer 2020-2023 Owners Manual / Scheduled Maintenance / Special Operating Conditions Scheduled Maintenance

If you operate your vehicle primarily in any of the following conditions, you need to perform extra maintenance as indicated. If you operate your vehicle occasionally under any of these conditions, it is not necessary to perform the extra maintenance. For specific recommendations, see your dealership service advisor or technician. Perform the services shown in the following tables when specified or within 3,000 mi (4,800 km) of the message appearing in the information display prompting you to change your oil.

  • Example 1: The message comes on at 28,750 mi (46,270 km). Perform the 30,000 mi (48,000 km) automatic transmission fluid replacement.
  • Example 2: The message has not come on, but the odometer reads 30,000 mi (48,000 km) (for example, the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor was reset at 25,000 mi (40,000 km). Perform the engine air filter replacement.

1 Reset your Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor after engine oil and filter changes. See Oil Change Indicator Reset.


There are several exceptions to the Normal Schedule:

Axle and Transfer Case maintenance:

The Transfer case, front and rear axles in your vehicle do not require an any normal scheduled maintenance. Vehicles are electrically monitored and notify the driver required service by displaying a message in the information display. The transfer case, front and rear axles are more likely to require a fluid change if the vehicle has experienced extended periods of extreme/severe duty cycle driving. Changing or checking the transfer case, front and/or rear axle lubricant is not necessary unless the unit has been submerged in water, shows signs of leakage, a message indicating required service displays. Contact your authorized dealer for service.

California fuel filter replacement: If you register your vehicle in California, the California Air Resources Board has determined that the failure to perform this maintenance item does not nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability before the completion of your vehicle's useful life. Ford Motor Company, however, urges you to have all recommended maintenance services performed at the specified intervals and to record all vehicle service.

Hot climate oil change intervals: Vehicles operating in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa or locations with similar climates using an American Petroleum Institute (API) Certified for Gasoline Engines (Certification mark) oil of SM or SN quality, the normal oil change interval is 5,000 mi (8,000 km). If the available API SM or SN oils are not available, then the oil change interval is 3,000 mi (4,800 km).

Engine air filter and cabin air filter replacement: The life of the engine air filter and cabin air filter is dependent on exposure to dusty and dirty conditions. Vehicles operated in these conditions require frequent inspection and replacement of the engine air filter and cabin air filter.

    Normal Scheduled Maintenance

    Intelligent Oil-Life Monitorâ„¢ Your vehicle has an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor that determines when you should change the engine oil based on how your vehicle is used...

    Scheduled Maintenance Record


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