1998 Ford Escort Scheduled Maintenance

1998 Ford Escort Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule for a 1998 Ford Escort? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

Scheduled Maintenance for Your 1998 Ford Escort

What is the recommended maintenance schedule for the 1998 Ford Escort?

Here’s Why 1998 Ford Escort Scheduled Maintenance Matters

When it comes to your Ford Escort, how you treat your car makes all the difference in its performance. With the right maintenance at the right time, you could hit 200,000 miles (or beyond!) in your Escort. Not an expert in what services your car needs and when? No problem. Instead of waiting for an issue to arise with your Escort, you can stay ahead of problems before they even begin. Rely on the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been created just for your 1998 Ford Escort!

The recommended maintenance schedule is put together by Ford, your vehicle manufacturer. Driving conditions, climate variations, and other variables can affect which scheduled maintenance services you’ll need; 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, decrease your risk of dangerous malfunctions on the road, and maybe even save you the headache of dealing with common 1998 Ford Escort problems in the future.

Overview of Essential Ford Escort Maintenance Needs

Head to your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care in your 1998 Ford Escort for factory-recommended routine maintenance and an expert technician will begin by performing a Courtesy Check. The Courtesy Check helps us see what we’re working with under the hood, and allows us to alert you to any potential problems before they worsen. Every Courtesy Check will include a visual inspection of your Escort. We’ll check your head and tail lights, fluid levels, filters, tires (and their alignment!), and windshield wiper blades. We’ll also perform a free battery check to determine your battery’s charge level.

Think you could be due for a new battery in your 1998 Ford Escort? If your current battery is more than three years old, it may be time for a replacement (batteries typically last somewhere between three and five years). Yours may need to be replaced sooner depending on your driving habits and climate. Short trips and extreme temperatures can shorten the overall life expectancy of your Ford Escort battery. While you could wait until your battery fails and you hear the dreaded "click," you're better off replacing it before then! Otherwise, your battery could die unexpectedly, leaving you and your Escort stranded. Your Ford Escort won’t even be able to start with a weak battery, much less get you where you need to go.

Ensuring you always have a well-charged battery can help your car’s overall performance, and regularly scheduled oil changes can prevent premature wear on your 1998 Ford Escort engine. To learn how often Ford recommends you have the oil changed in your 1998 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. Talk to a Firestone Complete Auto Care technician to know when to change your oil. We'll also help you understand what type of oil to use for your 1998 Ford Escort.

Maintaining your Ford Escort steering and suspension system 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. You can count on Firestone Complete Auto Care’s trained technicians to inspect this system and, if needed, perform Ford Escort suspension and steering services. These might include wheel alignment, power steering fluid flushes and replenishments, ball joint lubrication, wheel bearing replacement, and strut replacement. To keep your car running at its best, it’s essential to have regular maintenance services on your Ford Escort's steering and suspension system.

Without routine Ford Escort maintenance, you (and your engine) could quickly lose your cool when there's a problem on the road–especially if that problem is an overheated engine or broken A/C. We can help you with all those issues. Our technicians have the knowledge and tools to repair and maintain the heating and cooling systems for your Ford Escort’s engine, and we can service your A/C system, too. Is your Ford Escort radiator in need of replacement? We got it. Got a funny smell coming from your A/C? We’re on it. Firestone Complete Auto Care is your spot for 1998 Ford Escort maintenance.

So visit us regularly, or visit us urgently. Many locations are open on weekends and in the evening.

Stay ahead of maintenance for your 1998 Ford Escort. Get answers to everyday maintenance questions and take better care of your Ford today.

Take an active role in maintaining your 1998 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? You know your Ford Escort better than anyone else, so you’ll know if something doesn’t feel right while driving. Have your alignment checked (and adjusted if necessary) as soon as you notice a pulling steering wheel to prevent suspension damage or uneven tire wear.
  • When should I use high mileage oil in my Ford Escort? Do you have more than 75,000 miles on your Ford Escort? If so, request to switch to high mileage oil at your next oil change. This type of oil is specially formulated to keep aging engine parts in the best possible condition.
  • Can I ignore dashboard lights on my Ford? Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your Ford Escort in for a diagnostic code scan as soon as a dashboard warning light flashes on, whether it's your check engine or battery light. Dashboard lights alert you to trouble under the hood.

Get Work Done on Your Ford Escort

Your Ford Escort isn’t just a car. It’s a part of your lifestyle. Keep it running newer, longer and schedule your routine maintenance appointment today.