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Ford Fiesta routine maintenance guide (2002 to 2008 petrol and diesel engines)

Ford Fiesta routine maintenance guide (2002 to 2008 petrol and diesel engines)

Modern cars and vans need much less maintenance than the vehicles of 25 years ago, but they still have needs. You no longer have to do a service every 6 months, or change the oil every 3 months, but regular fluid changes are still essential to your vehicle’s longevity.

What follows is our quick reference guide to many of the recommended routine maintenance tasks for the 2002 to 2008 Ford Fiesta (both petrol and diesel engines), most of which you can do yourself at home. If you need more guidance or step-by-step instructions, check out our online manual or get our traditional printed manual.

Oil Change

Engine Oil Type Motorcraft Formula E, or SAE 5W-30 engine oil to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-B (all engines)
Engine Oil Capacity (including oil filter) 4.35 litres (1.3 litre petrol engines)
  3.75 litres (1.25 and 1.4 litre petrol engines)
  4.1 litres (1.6 litre petrol engines)
  3.8 litres (all diesel engines)
Oil Drain Plug Torque 28 Nm (petrol engines) 
  25 Nm (1.4 litre diesel engines)
  34 Nm (1.6 litre diesel engines)

Transmission Fluid Change

Manual Transmission Fluid Type (including EST) Synthetic gear oil, SAE 75W-90, to Ford specification WSD-M2C200-C
Manual Transmission Fluid Capacity 2.3 litres 
Manual Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque

35 Nm 

Coolant Renewal

Coolant Type 50/50 mix of water and Motorcraft SuperPlus antifreeze to Ford specification WSS-M97 B44-D
Coolant System Capacity 5.0 litres (all petrol engines)
  5.5 litres (1.4 litre diesel engines)
  6.0 litres (1.6 litre diesel engines)

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Power Steering Fluid Hydraulic fluid to Ford specification WSA-M2C 57-A
Brake And Clutch Fluid Type DOT 4 brake fluid

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Roadwheel Nuts 90 Nm
Front Caliper Guide Bolts 30 Nm
Front Brake Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 70 Nm
Rear Hub Nut 235 Nm
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Bolts 10 Nm

Ford Fiesta Maintenance Schedule

The maintenance intervals in this manual are provided with the assumption that you, not the dealer, will be carrying out the work. These are the minimum intervals recommended by us for vehicles driven daily.

If you wish to keep your vehicle in peak condition at all times, you may wish to perform some of these procedures more often. We encourage frequent maintenance, since it enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your vehicle. 

If the vehicle is driven in dusty areas, used to tow a trailer, or driven frequently at slow speeds (idling in traffic) or on short journeys, more frequent maintenance intervals are recommended.

When the vehicle is new, it should be serviced by a dealer service department (or other workshop recognised by the vehicle manufacturer as providing the same standard of service), in order to preserve the warranty.

The vehicle manufacturer may reject warranty claims if you are unable to prove that servicing has been carried out as and when specified, using only original equipment parts or parts certified to be of equivalent quality. 

Petrol engine models

Every 250 miles

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake/clutch fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the condition of the battery
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

Every 6000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the engine oil and filter 

Note: Ford recommend that the engine oil and filter are changed every 12 500 miles or 12 months. However, oil and filter changes are good for the engine, and we recommend that the oil and filter are renewed more frequently, especially if the car is used on a lot of short journeys. 

Every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the pollen filter, where applicable 
  • Check all components, pipes and hoses for fluid leaks 
  • Check the condition and tension of the auxiliary drivebelt(s) 
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake 
  • Check the condition and operation of the seat belts 
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks 
  • Check the front brake pads and discs for wear 
  • Check the rear brake shoes and drums for wear 
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security 
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters 
  • Check the roadwheel nuts are tightened to the specified torque 
  • Carry out a road test 

Every 37,500 miles or 3 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the spark plugs 
  • Renew the air filter 
  • Check the transmission oil level 
  • Check the braking system rubber hoses 

Every 50,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the timing belt – except 1.3 litre engine 

Note: Although the normal interval for timing belt renewal is 100 000 miles or 10 years, it is strongly recommended that the interval suggested above is observed, especially on cars which are subjected to intensive use, ie, mainly short journeys or a lot of stop-start driving. The actual belt renewal interval is very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks. 

Every 75,000 miles

  • Renew the fuel filter 

Every 100,000 miles or 8 years, whichever comes first

  • Adjust the valve clearances – except 1.3 litre engine 

Every 100,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the auxiliary drivebelt 

Every 2 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the brake fluid 

Every 4 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the coolant and check the condition of the expansion tank pressure cap 

Note: Ford state that, if their purple Super Plus antifreeze is in the system from new, the coolant need only be changed every 10 years. If there is any doubt as to the type or quality of the antifreeze which has been used, we recommend this shorter interval be observed.

Diesel engine models

Every 250 miles

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake/clutch fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the condition of the battery
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

Every 6000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the engine oil and filter 

Note: Ford recommend that the engine oil and filter are changed every 12 500 miles or 12 months. However, oil and filter changes are good for the engine, and we recommend that the oil and filter are renewed more frequently, especially if the car is used on a lot of short journeys. 

Every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the pollen filter, where applicable 
  • Drain any water from the fuel filter 
  • Check all components, pipes and hoses for fluid leaks 
  • Check the condition and tension of the auxiliary drivebelt 
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake 
  • Check the condition and operation of the seat belts 
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks 
  • Check the front brake pads and discs for wear 
  • Check the rear brake shoes and drums for wear 
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security 
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters 
  • Check the roadwheel nuts are tightened to the specified torque 
  • Carry out a road test 

Every 37,500 miles or 3 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the fuel filter 
  • Renew the air filter 
  • Check the transmission oil level 
  • Check the braking system rubber hoses 

Every 50,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the timing belt 

Note: Although the normal interval for timing belt renewal is 150 000 miles or 10 years, it is strongly recommended that the interval suggested above is observed, especially on cars which are subjected to intensive use, ie, mainly short journeys or a lot of stop-start driving. The actual belt renewal interval is very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks. 

Every 150,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the auxiliary drivebelt 

Every 2 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the brake fluid 

Every 4 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the coolant and check the condition of the expansion tank pressure cap 

Note: Ford state that, if their purple Super Plus antifreeze is in the system from new, the coolant need only be changed every 10 years. If there is any doubt as to the type or quality of the antifreeze which has been used, we recommend this shorter interval be observed.