While Ford vehicles are typically some of the most reliable models, they do require periodic maintenance. If you drive a Ford Focus, for example, to keep it in tip-top shape, one of the most important things you need to do is have its oil changed regularly. If it’s been a while since you’ve had an oil change, these are some signs that you’re past-due:

Loud Engine Noises

Oil keeps engine parts lubricated, and a big indication that it’s not doing its job is if you hear a rumbling or knocking sound. This probably means that metal parts are rubbing against one another.

Smoky Exhaust

Exhaust always comes out of the tailpipe when your car is running, but generally it is translucent. If you start seeing smoke coming out, this could be due to an oil leak.

Dark Oil

Clean oil has a light brown hue that becomes darker over time as the result of getting dirty. This is why it’s a good idea to check its color on a regular basis. When it gets very dark, this tells you that it’s time for a change.

Dashboard Oil Light

Even if none of the above symptoms are evident, you Ford Focus may know something that you don’t. If the oil light comes up on your dashboard, don’t ignore it. The issue could be related to a lack of oil or another problem.

If you have noticed something amiss with your car or it has just been a long time since you got an oil change, contact our Ford service center at our Shelbyville dealership to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to take a look at anything concerning. We hope to work with you soon!