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Old 03-21-2016, 01:08 PM   #1
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60K maintenance

By the end of the year, I will be coming up on my 60K maintenance. After reading the Ford website, I was a little concerned by the lack of maintenance being done. While I understand this is a modern engine, it still concerns me. So I'll post this for comparison and see what others think.

Mustang 60K:
  • Replace engine air filter
  • Replace cabin air filter
  • Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
  • Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle message center or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
  • Up to 6.0 quarts of oil
  • Inspect cooling system and hoses
  • Inspect cabin air filter
  • Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
  • Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
  • Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
  • Perform multi-point inspection
To me, all I see is replace air filter, oil filter, change oil, and inspect everything else.

I'll compare that against the 60K maintenance for another V6 in a similar car.

  • Air Filter
  • Oil Filter
  • Oil Change
  • Timing Belt
  • Timing Belt Tensioner
  • Water Pump
  • Water Pump Gasket
  • Thermostat
  • Coolant Bypass Hoses x2
  • Variable Timing Control Springs x2
  • Variable Timing Control O-rings x2
  • Camshaft Seals x4
  • Crankshaft Seal x1
  • Crankshaft Sprocket Spacer
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The car barely has 60k miles on it. That second list is overkill.

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50k on these cars is like the end of the break in process. Plus, these cars have timing chains instead of timing belts iirc. Timing chain can last a whole lot longer then a belt.

You could do spark plugs if you are feeling really froggy as well as brake pads if yours went to s***. But that is really about all.
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Yep. Water pump and timing belt change are for Hondas and other imports. We have timing chains, thank goodness for that
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if you want to spend $ and possibly have someone mess up your car go for it.

It would not be bad to replace rear end/transmission/cooling fluids but it's not a necessity.

figure 2-3hrs + parts
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Thanks for the input everyone. Still getting used to my first non-90's Nissan (truck excluded). The less insane maintenance, the better. I guess I just got accustomed to replacing a ton of stuff.
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Unless you have heavy foot brakes might be good but if they have a little wear could just resurface the rotors


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I'm with StrangeMud, ESPECIALLY on the transmission fluid. I know Ford doesn't say it, but think about it... other than your engine, what's the most expensive/crucial part of you car?


My old CTS had 85k miles on her and Caddy's recommended service on tranny fluid is 100k miles. Well I let maybe half an ounce out of the pan and the fluid was DARK BLACK. Took the cup of fluid to a shop and the said the fluid was shot. Don't trust the car companies when it comes to tranny fluid recommendations. For a small amount of money every 3 years your transmission will likely outlive your car.


If you have an automatic I would absolutely get your tranny fluid fully changed at 60k, included new filter and gasket. And get it done by a tranny specialist if possible. My local shop chargers around $175 for full change plus filter and gasket... best investment you can make as far as car maintenance as far as I'm concerned.

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If you have an automatic I would absolutely get your tranny fluid fully changed at 60k, included new filter and gasket. And get it done by a tranny specialist if possible. My local shop chargers around $175 for full change plus filter and gasket... best investment you can make as far as car maintenance as far as I'm concerned.
I've always heard mixed opinions on trans fluid. Some say change as rarely as possible. Some say every 60K. I will probably go ahead and have my dealer do mine at 60K.

The way I see it, the powertrain is under warranty until 12/17. May as well pay a little extra, let them do it, and if anything goes wrong then they can't point the finger at me.

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Unless you have heavy foot brakes might be good but if they have a little wear could just resurface the rotors
No worries there. Already planning on doing a full brake upgrade before I hit 60K.
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If you havent changed it after100k miles it's best to leave it alone, or at tge most a pan drop and top off... But definitely no flush. However, if you change it every 50k or 60k you're tranny will run smooth for much longer.

It's dealers choice, but if you plan on owny your Pony for a long time, it's well worth the investment IMO.
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I had my Ford dealer change my transmission fluid and screen filter on my 2011 last year at 20,000 miles. Just for peace of mind. It only cost right at $200. I might not have it changed again for a long time, i only drive 3 to 4 thousand miles per year.
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Ok. At 60K I'll just have them add plugs and trans fluid. I don't know the exact maintenance history of my car, but from what I can tell everything has been fairly well maintained. I do tend to be paranoid though that do preventative maintenance well before it's due.
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Ok. At 60K I'll just have them add plugs and trans fluid. I don't know the exact maintenance history of my car, but from what I can tell everything has been fairly well maintained. I do tend to be paranoid though that do preventative maintenance well before it's due.
You could ask for just a pan drop and filter change. This only requires changing about 40% of the fluid and costs less than a fully fluid change and is a quick job and not as expensive.

It's what I'm going to have done to mine at 30k.
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You could ask for just a pan drop and filter change. This only requires changing about 40% of the fluid and costs less than a fully fluid change and is a quick job and not as expensive.

It's what I'm going to have done to mine at 30k.
I don't mind spending a little extra for peace of mind. It'll nag me if I don't do it fully.

Luckily for me, my "second job" pay just goes straight into a Mustang fund.
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I don't mind spending a little extra for peace of mind. It'll nag me if I don't do it fully.

Luckily for me, my "second job" pay just goes straight into a Mustang fund.
We have a lot in common, my friend.

I'm considering getting 12 qts of Royal Purple tranny fluid and having that put in at 30k. After I've seen what RP motor oil can do it seems well worth it to me.
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I'm probably going to start using Rp in my engine next oil change. I figure I already have it in my diff and transmission might as well go all out.

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I'm probably going to start using Rp in my engine next oil change. I figure I already have it in my diff and transmission might as well go all out.

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Man you will love it. My Pony actually burned a little oil at first (before I changed my oil), plus I religiously monitored my engine temp and it averaged around 217 degrees before switching to RP. After RP I have had ZERO oil burn and my engine runs around 205 consistently.

I figure the RP tranny fluid will have the same effect.

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Are Mustangs low maintenance?


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Depends who you ask lol.

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Yup... If you dont mind them running like crap after 5 years.

Imo all cars are the same. You keep the fluids full and clean and they should run smooth for a very long time. You get lazy or cheap and you get what you deserve.
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It is nice having a car that dosnt require a ton of work


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I have 53k miles on my 2011. This Thursday I am getting a full transmission flush. They will drop the pan, change the filter and flush all the lines. Going to a Transmission expert place, AAMCO. $250 for it.

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I have 53k miles on my 2011. This Thursday I am getting a full transmission flush. They will drop the pan, change the filter and flush all the lines. Going to a Transmission expert place, AAMCO. $250 for it.

Just a near stock 3.7

Will they remove and inspect the driver to see if it needs replaced?

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Will they remove and inspect the driver to see if it needs replaced?

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I asked them that very question. They said they can't fix something that f'ed up. Ba ha ha ha ha

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$250 every 3 or 4 years to make damn sure his tranny runs like new for the life of the car? Seems to me people on here drop that kind of cash on a CAI that does nothing for their car but make it loud as hell. lol


I just ordered 6 qts of RP ATF last night. I'm going to drop my pan and clean it out and replace the filter this weekend. My tranny has made some suspect clanks now and then since I bought so this is more for peace of mind, but the plan is to drop the pan and fill her up with RP every 30k from here on out. $90 every 2 years to protect the second most vital and expensive part of my car seems like a damn good investment to me.
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$250 every 3 or 4 years to make damn sure his tranny runs like new for the life of the car? Seems to me people on here drop that kind of cash on a CAI that does nothing for their car but make it loud as hell. lol


I just ordered 6 qts of RP ATF last night. I'm going to drop my pan and clean it out and replace the filter this weekend. My tranny has made some suspect clanks now and then since I bought so this is more for peace of mind, but the plan is to drop the pan and fill her up with RP every 30k from here on out. $90 every 2 years to protect the second most vital and expensive part of my car seems like a damn good investment to me.

Our transmissions are sealed too correct? No drain plug that I remember seeing down there...


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Our transmissions are sealed too correct? No drain plug that I remember seeing down there...


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I believe that is correct, though I'm not 100% on that. It's going to get crazy messy
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Lol I bet, wish I had a garage to work in! Doggie pads work great as absorbent pads too btw haha


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idk about AT's but the MT's have a drain. I would be surprised if the AT's don't have a drain but idk was the key fact
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If you search youtube for our automatic transmissions you'll find this. If you remove the nut on top of the trans we have a 'little yellow' dip stick to check the fluid level. Pretty cool but hard to get to. In a month or so, i'm going to put my Mustang on ramps for the front and jack stands for the rear and check the fluid level just for fun
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If you search youtube for our automatic transmissions you'll find this. If you remove the nut on top of the trans we have a 'little yellow' dip stick to check the fluid level. Pretty cool but hard to get to. In a month or so, i'm going to put my Mustang on ramps for the front and jack stands for the rear and check the fluid level just for fun
Yeah I saw that too, which will be very nice for the refill! Sadly I couldnt find one decent video on a 11-14 stang for pan dropping though.
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