2015 Ford F-150: Ready for First Service at 10,000 Miles
June 26, 2015
We were on the road to Boise, Idaho, to pick up the Edmunds Yugo when our long-term 2015 Ford F-150 ticked over the 10,000-mile mark. About 300 miles earlier, the Ford chimed in to say that it required an oil change. We didn't have time to schedule a service visit in Idaho, so I checked the oil and kept on motoring. The warning seemed strange, though. Ninety-seven hundred miles isn't the kind of round number we're used to seeing in service intervals, so I checked with the manual.
Here are the service intervals according to the manual:
Normal: 7,500 - 10,000 miles.
Severe: 5,000 - 7,499 miles.
Extreme: 3,000 - 4,999 miles.
Normal is described as commuting, moderate load, flat roads, and no extended idling. We do a lot of that. Severe is considered "moderate to heavy load or towing, mountainous or off-road conditions, extended idling, extended hot or cold operation." We do quite a bit of that.
Extreme is listed as "maximum load or towing, extreme hot or cold operation." We've done some of that.
The maintenance listed in the manual includes things like a tire rotation, checking the brakes and various fluids, and lubricating the grease fittings.
During the first 10,000 miles, the F-150 got a cracked windshield, which we replaced. The F-150's mirror also made contact with a piece of our parking garage, so the corner light is cracked as well. It's on the list of items for the dealer to address while it's in for service.
We've had some trouble meeting the EPA's fuel economy estimates during the first six months of the Ford's test, but otherwise it's been mechanically trouble-free. There's been lots of towing and lots of hauling, and with the way this truck performs, there's likely plenty more to come.
Oh yeah, and some nefarious character tried to channel the Norse God of Thunder so we had that fixed. But that's not exactly something we'd call "regular maintenance".
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 10,000 miles