Pickups need regular maintenance just like any other vehicle type. Trucks, though, need even more care, especially if you frequently take your truck for off-roading or haul heavy loads in the cargo bed. The 2017 Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 40 years and counting. Even with this renowned reputation, it still needs diligent care on your end. We’ll show you how to keep your pickup in tip top shape this summer.

The Ford F-150 requires an oil change every 7,500-miles or six months, whichever comes first. This goes for all models starting from the 2008 model year. For models older than 2008, all oil changes should also include a filter change. This should be done at our service center near Roseville, CA. Pickup trucks require oil of a specific viscosity index, which is why the oil change should be left to a professional.

In addition, you should also get the tires’ balance checked. The tires can fall out of balance from their axle. This is more likely to happen with off-road commuting on uneven, rocky, or muddy terrain.

A tire balance check also includes an inspection of the tire alignment. Tire balancing and alignment are two different issues. Misalignment occurs when the tires are not perfectly perpendicular to a flat road surface. Your tires are likely out of alignment if the vehicle strays in one direction.

Visit Folsom Lake Ford today to schedule a maintenance for your pickup. The maintenance tips described above also applies to other Ford truck models, such as the 2017 Ford F-350. Our mechanics will also let you know what the inspection intervals are if you frequently subject your pickup to severe driving conditions.