Whether you drive a car, truck, or SUV, there are certain regular maintenance items you can’t forget. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving the new 2020 Ford Escape or an older model—eventually, you’ll need an oil change. But how do you know when that will be? Your New Jersey Ford dealer has the answers.

Clean oil means a lasting ride

If you’re not sure when you need an oil change, the owner’s manual of your Ford Escape will tell you how often you should do it. Generally, it’s every 7,500 to 10,000 miles with 5W-20 or 5W-30 oil. We recommend you err on the side of caution, especially if you want your vehicle to last.

What happens if you skip your car’s oil change, or wait too long? We don’t recommend finding out from experience.

If your oil light comes on, that should be sufficient warning that you’re cutting it close. Check your oil right away to make sure it’s not low or so dark you can’t see the dipstick. If it’s low, your car needs more oil, and you may want to check for a leak. If it’s dirty, that means your oil filter isn’t doing its job, and you need to replace it. Without an oil change, these problems will worsen and harm your engine.

You might hear knocking or rumbling sounds from the front of the vehicle or smell burning oil. In the worst cases, your engine shuts down, and you have to replace it—not something you want to do with a brand new SUV.

If your 2020 Ford Escape needs an oil change, don’t wait. Schedule your appointment at Quality Auto Mall near Kearny, where our expert technicians will service your vehicle and send you off with clean oil and a car that runs like new.