Ford Taurus Owners Manual: Normal scheduled maintenance and log

Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor

Your vehicle is equipped with an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor that determines when the engine oil needs to be changed based on how your vehicle is used. By using several important factors in its calculations, the monitor helps reduce the cost of owning your vehicle and reduce environmental waste at the same time. This means you wont have to remember to change the oil on a mileage-based schedule; the vehicle lets you know when an oil change is due by displaying ENGINE OIL CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED in the information display.

The following table is intended to provide examples of vehicle use and its impact on engine oil change intervals; it is provided as a guideline only. Actual engine oil change intervals depend on several factors and generally decrease with severity of use.


*Do not exceed one year or 10000 miles (16000 kilometers) between


*Do not exceed one year or 10000 miles (16000 kilometers) between service intervals.

**Reset your Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor after each engine oil and filter change. See the Instrument Cluster chapter.

1.These maintenance items can be performed within 3000 miles


1.These maintenance items can be performed within 3000 miles (4800 kilometers) of the last oil change. Do not exceed the designated distance for the interval.

2.If your vehicle has climate-controlled (heated and cooled) seats.

3.Initial replacement at six years or 100000 miles (160000 kilometers), then every three years or 50000 miles (80000 kilometers).

4.After initial inspection, inspect every other oil change until replaced.



Special operating conditions


    Scheduled Maintenance
    GENERAL MAINTENANCE INFORMATION Why Maintain Your Vehicle? Carefully following the maintenance schedule helps protect against major repair expenses resulting from neglect or inadequate maintenance ...

    Special operating conditions
    If you operate your vehicle primarily in any of the following conditions, you need to perform additional maintenance as indicated. If you occasionally operate your vehicle under any of these conditi ...

    Other materials:

    Cleaning the instrument panel and instrument cluster lens
    WARNING: Do not use chemical solvents or strong detergents when cleaning the steering wheel or instrument panel to avoid contamination of the airbag system. Clean the instrument panel and cluster lens with a clean, damp, white, cotton cloth, then use a clean and dry, white, cotton cloth to dry t ...

    Head restraints
    WARNING: To minimize the risk of neck injury in the event of a crash, the driver and passenger occupants should not sit in or operate the vehicle, until the head restraint is placed in its proper position. The driver should never adjust the head restraint while the vehicle is in motion. WARNING ...

    Memory function
    The memory control, located on the side seat panel, allows positioning recall of the: Driver seat. Power mirrors. Adjustable pedals (if equipped). Power tilt/telescopic steering column (if equipped). A. Type 1 B. Type 2 Programming a memory position Note: You can program a m ...