Ford Figo is one of the best-selling entry-level hatchbacks in the market at the moment. It comes with a powerful, best-in-line engine available in two fuel options. The 1.2-liter petrol engine produces 87Ps of power and offers a maximum torque of 112 Nm. Whereas the diesel variant comes with a 1.5 liter TDCi motor. It produces 100 Ps of power and gives a peak torque of 215 Nm. Both variants provide a 5-speed manual transmission. For a detailed report of its impressive features, price, and other specifications, click here. However, to keep your car in its best condition, you need to keep certain things in mind, especially when driving on Indian roads. We’ve compiled some tips to help assist you with Ford Figo maintenance.
1. Car hygiene
One of the most overlooked parts of maintaining a car is the interior’s cleanliness. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid having open liquids and food items inside your car. There could be spills, which are notoriously awful to clean up. You can get food crumbs stuck inside small parts of the cabin or in the grooves of the floor mats. If left unattended, it could lead to mold, which becomes likelier given the damp, hot climate of India.
Make sure your car is cleaned weekly, if not twice a week, to avoid this. Keep a small dustpan and a short-handled brush inside your car at all times to clean up any messes. Also, remember to store some trash bags and clean towels to help in case of a spill. Proper hygiene should keep mold away but just to be sure, keep your cabin space properly ventilated.
2. Air conditioning
It is imperative to get a malfunctioning AC or heater repaired immediately. A damaged AC or heater, if allowed to run for too long, will lose its cooling power and face further damage. It could also cause the compressor to heat up or get burnt out which will be quite expensive to repair. Therefore it is also advisable to ensure that your car’s HVAC system is in the best condition.
Moreover, you need to clean your AC vents and ventilate them before you switch the AC. Without proper ventilation, you’ll be breathing in the same stale air re-circulated air back to you. Ventilation also helps in getting rid of any infecting droplets that might be present in the cabin’s closed space. Only buy genuine, good quality coolant and change it at regular intervals of time to make sure the air conditioning keeps functioning normally.
3. Tire maintenance
If your car is drifting when you accelerate, when you hit the brake, or when you encounter a speed bump, it is possible that you are dealing with a misaligned wheel. This is a safety hazard and can lead to uneven wear of the tires and steering vibration. Correct this immediately by visiting your nearest service center. Additionally, you need to make sure that your tire pressure is up to the recommended limit. Deflated tires can collapse easily while overfilling your tires can distort their shape and lead to decreased traction and increased damage. Therefore, maintaining adequate tire pressure is necessary. Furthermore, you can download the FordPass mobile app to give you alerts on tire rotation. It also offers you a whole lot of information about your car such as its service history, maintenance schedule, warranty details, etc.
4. Oil, Fluid, and Filter changes
Another thing to be mindful of is to examine your engine oil levels from time to time to ensure that they are enough. If the level falls below the lower limit, you need to top it off immediately. Engine oil provides lubrication to several parts inside of your engine and its shortage can lead to untimely damage to these parts.
You should also change the brake and transmission fluids, as well as the coolant, according to the schedule prescribed in the car’s User Manual. Doing this will ensure the smooth functioning of the car and avoid fuel wastage in the form of loss to friction-generated heat.
Moreover, change the air filters as well the filters inside the engine to avoid any clogging. This could reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
5. Battery Care
Always ensure that your battery is functioning normally. Conduct regular cleaning of the battery cables but make sure that you disconnect the cables before cleaning (starting with the negative terminal, and when you reconnect them, lead with the positive one). Also, get your spark plug changed during servicing.
In addition to these tips and precautions, you will need to get your car serviced according to the recommended Ford Figo maintenance schedule. You can get the car serviced at intervals of 12 months or 10,000 kilometers, whichever comes first and the total Ford Figo maintenance cost for five years will be around 20,270 INR. You can visit the AutoFlipz website for more information regarding your vehicle’s servicing.
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