1997 Ford Escort Maintenance

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Maintenance for Your 1997 Ford Escort

How often should I service my 1997 Ford Escort?

Your Guide to 1997 Ford Escort Scheduled Maintenance

You want your Ford Escort to last as long as possible. With the right maintenance at the right time, your Escort has a good chance of hitting 200,000 miles or more. Not an expert in what services your car needs and when? No problem. There's no need to guess when it's time to get Escort maintenance, and no need to wait until something goes wrong. Rely on the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been created just for your 1997 Ford Escort!

The recommended maintenance schedule is put together by Ford, your vehicle manufacturer. Scheduled maintenance services can vary depending on driving conditions, climate, and other factors; however, there’s a good chance that your vehicle’s recommended maintenance services will include oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacement, filter changes, and fluid checks and exchanges. Keeping up with routine service appointments is a great way to keep your Escort running for longer, increase your vehicle safety, and prevent common 1997 Ford Escort problems.

Learn About Vital Maintenance Needs for Your Ford Escort

Bring your 1997 Ford Escort to Firestone Complete Auto Care for factory-recommended maintenance services and an expert technician will begin by performing a Courtesy Check. This Courtesy Check can establish a baseline of what may need to be addressed during your service appointment. Each Courtesy Check includes a free battery test and an inspection of your Escort's windshield wiper blades, head and tail lights, filters, fluid levels, tires, and alignment.

Think you could be due for a new battery in your 1997 Ford Escort? Batteries generally need to be replaced every three to five years. Depending on the climate where you live and your habits while driving, your Escort may need a replacement battery sooner. Short trips and extreme temperatures can shorten the overall life expectancy of your Ford Escort battery. Sure, you could wait until your battery is completely dead, but it’s a much wiser decision to replace it before you need to. Otherwise, you may find yourself (and your trusty Escort) stuck in the middle of nowhere. Your Ford Escort could quickly go from being a trusty ride to a source of stress in a matter of minutes.

Staying on schedule for battery replacements and motor oil changes can prevent premature wear on your 1997 Ford Escort engine. To learn how often Ford recommends you have the oil changed in your 1997 Escort, check out the information table at the beginning of this page. Keep in mind that your oil change interval could be different given your driving style and climate. A Firestone Complete Auto Care technician will be happy to help you determine the best oil change frequency for your car’s needs. We'll also help you understand what type of oil to use for your 1997 Ford Escort.

Periodic service to the steering system in your Ford Escort can help you keep control of your vehicle at all times (plus, it can make for a smoother ride!). Don’t let a misalignment or pulling steering wheel put you in danger. Trust our technicians to inspect system components and if needed, provide Ford Escort steering and suspension services including wheel alignment, strut replacement, power steering fluid changes, ball joint lubrication, and wheel bearing replacement. Components within your Ford Escort's steering system require regular maintenance.

Without routine Ford Escort maintenance, you might find yourself with a hot mess on your hands – quite literally. A damaged A/C system is never fun, and an overheated engine can cause significant issues (like a total car breakdown!). Our technicians have you covered there, too, with the tools and expertise to care for your entire Ford Escort cooling, heating, and climate control system. Is it time to replace the radiator in your Ford Escort? We got it. Got a funny smell coming from your A/C? We’re here to fix that, too. Firestone Complete Auto Care is your one-stop shop for 1997 Ford Escort maintenance and repairs.

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Questions About 1997 Ford Escort Maintenance

Take an active role in maintaining your 1997 Ford Escort. Get answers to common Ford Escort maintenance questions and learn more about caring for your vehicle.

  • What should I do after hitting a pothole in my Ford Escort? Check your car for pothole damage! If you’ve recently hit a pothole (or even if you don’t remember hitting one… they can be sneaky!) check your tire treads, tire sidewalls, and wheels for damage. Potholes can also knock your car out of alignment, so have your alignment checked if you suspect you’ve driven over a rough patch of road lately.
  • When does my Ford Escort need high mileage oil? If your Ford Escort has ticked past 75,000 miles, consider switching to high mileage oil at your next oil change to give your engine what it needs to go another 75,000 (or more!). High mileage oil: make it a high priority!
  •  Why are my Ford dashboard lights on? It's better to get them addressed as soon as possible. An illuminated dashboard light means something in your vehicle isn't functioning like it should. Letting problems linger can mean bad news for your Ford Escort, so be sure to take your car in for service as soon as you notice an illuminated dashboard light