2017 Ford Explorer in Ruby RedIf you're the new owner of a 2017 Ford Explorer, you're probably geared up for high-riding adventures around Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville. Preventative maintenance is the number one way to keep your SUV running strong, and it's never too early to learn about your Explorer's maintenance needs so you're prepared when the time comes. 

That's where Richmond Ford Lincoln's 2017 Ford Explorer maintenance schedule steps in! We've bundled everything you need to know about keeping your Explorer in top condition, informed by Ford's maintenance recommendations.

Get familiar with determining your Ford Explorer's maintenance interval and what services are required below.

Every 7,500 to 10,000 Miles or as Indicated

Ford Explorer ServiceThe 2017 Ford Explorer's special Intelligent Oil Life Monitor™ system is responsible for keeping an eye on what's happening under the hood.

How to Know When Maintenance is Needed: When maintenance is needed, the oil life system will send a message to the dashboard that reads "oil change required" to alert you to make your appointment.

About Your Maintenance Interval: 7,500 to 10,000 miles is the normal range in which you'll get prompted by the oil life system. If you use your Explorer for moderate- to heavy-load towing or travel off-road terrain often, you'll be prompted by the system at shorter intervals (5,000 to 7,499 miles or even less for extreme operating conditions).

Services Required with Each Prompted Oil Change Message:

  • Change motor oil and filter.
  • Rotate tires, check for wear, and measure tread depth.
  • Perform multi-point inspection.
  • Inspect all brake components.
  • Check automatic transmission fluid level.
  • Inspect engine cooling system, exhaust system, half-shaft boots, and suspension.
  • Inspect rear axle and U-joints (4WD Explorers only).

Every 20,000 and 30,000 Miles

There are a few inspections and changes that aren't needed at every maintenance visit but rather every second or third time you take your 2017 Explorer for service. These include replacing the cabin air filter (every 20,000 miles) and replacing the engine air filter (every 30,000 miles).

100,000 Miles +

Once your Ford Explorer's odometer reaches six digits, a few extra checks and replacements are required. At 100,000 miles, the engine coolant needs to be replaced. Thereafter, it will be changed every three years or 50,000 miles.

Every 100,000 miles,you'll also need to get your Explorer's spark plugs replaced and accessory drive belts checked for wear. After this first belt inspection, belts will be checked at every other oil change.

Every 150,000 miles,the automatic transmission fluid should be changed and the accessory drive belts will be replaced if they haven't been changed out in the last 100,000 miles.


Keep Up with Your Explorer's Maintenance Schedule and Keep the Journey Going

Abiding by your Explorer's recommended maintenance schedule is key to improving its performance now and later on down the road.

Richmond Ford Lincoln's savvy technicians are trained specifically to work on Ford vehicles like the Explorer, Escape, and Expedition and know your 2017 Explorer's scheduled maintenance needs by heart. Trust them for expert-level repairs that get you in, out, and back to your adventures around Richmond in no time.

Schedule your appointment with us online here or call 804-254-9233 to get in touch with a Richmond Ford Lincoln service advisor.


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