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Ford Transit routine maintenance guide (2006 to 2013 models)

Ford Transit routine maintenance guide (2006 to 2013 models)

Wondering how much engine oil to put in your Ford Transit? Thinking about changing your Transit's gearbox oil? You've come to the right place. Haynes has all the routine maintenance facts you need, whether it's the right type of coolant, what type of engine oil to use, the power steering fluid and more... all of the Ford Transit service specs are here.

Here is our quick reference guide to the routine maintenance tasks for the Ford Transit 2006 to 2013 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 the printed 2006 to 2013 Ford Transit Owner's Workshop Manual.

Oil Change

Engine Oil Type SAE 5W/30 to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-C (preferred specification)
  SAE 5W/30, 5W/40 or 10/W40 to specification ACEA A5/B5 (alternative specification)*
Engine Oil Capacity (including oil filter) 6.2 litres (2.2 litre engines)
  6.9 litres (2.4 litre engines)
Oil Drain Plug Torque 23 Nm (all engines) 

*Use of the alternative specification engine oils may result in longer cold start cranking time, reduced engine performance, reduced fuel economy and increased emission levels.

Transmission Fluid Change

Manual Transmission Fluid Type Gear oil to Ford specification WSD-M2C200-C (all transmissions except VMT6)
  Gear oil to Ford specification WSS-M2C200-D2 (VMT6 transmissions)
Rear Axle Fluid Type Hypoid gear oil to Ford specification WSL-M2C192-A
Manual Transmission Fluid Capacity

2.15 litres (front wheel drive 5-speed transmissions)

  2.1 litres (front wheel drive 6-speed transmissions)
  1.3 litres (rear wheel drive 5-speed transmissions)
  2.3 litre (rear wheel drive 6-speed transmissions)
Rear Axle Capacity 3.0 litres
Manual Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque 35 Nm
Manual Transmission Fluid Drain Plug Torque 35 Nm (all except rear wheel drive 6-speed transmissions)
  50 Nm (rear wheel drive 6-speed transmissions)
Rear Axle Filler/Level Plug Torque 34 Nm

Coolant Renewal

Coolant Type Motorcraft SuperPlus 2000 antifreeze to Ford specification WSS-M97B44-D
Coolant System Capacity 10.0 litres

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Power Steering Fluid** Hydraulic fluid to Ford specification WSS-M2C204-A2 (green fluid)
  Hydraulic fluid to Ford specification WSA-M2C195-A (red fluid)
Brake And Clutch Fluid Type DOT 4 brake fluid

**Always top-up with the same colour fluid.

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Roadwheel Nuts 200 Nm
Front Caliper Guide Pin Bolts 60 Nm*
Front Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 175 Nm
Rear Caliper Guide Pin Bolts 32 Nm*
Rear Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 115 Nm (all except 460 series vehicles)
  186 Nm (460 series vehicles)

Rear hub retaining nut (front wheel drive models):*

44 mm flange diameter nut: Stage 1           Rotate the wheel hub 5 times
  Stage 2           200 Nm
  Stage 3           Rotate the wheel hub 5 times
  Stage 4           300 Nm
  Stage 5           Rotate the wheel hub 5 times
51 mm flange diameter nut: Stage 1           Rotate the wheel hub 5 times
  Stage 2           200 Nm
  Stage 3           Rotate the wheel hub 5 times
  Stage 4           450 Nm
  Stage 5           Rotate the wheel hub 5 times
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Bolts 11 Nm

*Do not re-use

2006 to 2013 Ford Transit 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.

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 and terminals
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

Every 7,500 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the engine oil and filter 

Note:The manufacturers recommend that the engine oil and filter are changed every 15 000 miles or 12 months if the vehicle is being operated under normal conditions. 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 vehicle is driven in dusty areas, used to tow a trailer, or driven frequently at slow speeds (idling in traffic) or on short journeys.

Every 15,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

In addition to the item listed in the previous service, carry out the following:

  • Check the auxiliary drivebelt 
  • Check the electrical system
  • Check all components, pipes and hoses for fluid leaks 
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security 
  • Drain the fuel filter of water
  • Check the condition of the fuel filter and renew if necessary
  • Check the engine compartment wiring 
  • Check the operation of the air conditioning system
  • Check the condition and operation of the seat belts 
  • Check the coolant antifreeze concentration
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters – front wheel drive models
  • Check the propeller shaft and centre bearing for wear – rear wheel drive models
  • Lubricate the propeller shaft universal joints – rear wheel drive models 
  • Check the condition and security of the exhaust system 
  • Check the brake pad and brake shoe lining thickness
  • Inspect the clutch hydraulic components
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake 
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks 
  • Check the security of all roadwheel nuts
  • Reset the service reminder indicator
  • Carry out a road test 

Every 30,000 miles or 2 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the relevant items listed in the previous services, carry out the following:

  • Renew the fuel filter 
  • Check the rear axle fluid level – rear wheel drive models
  • Check the transmission oil level 
  • Renew the brake fluid
  • Renew the remote control battery
  • Renew the coolant*

*Vehicles using Ford purple Super Plus coolant do not need the coolant renewed on a regular basis.

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

In addition to the relevant items listed in the previous services, carry out the following:

  • Renew the auxiliary drivebelt