Routine Maintenance
If you plan on owning your vehicle for any period of time, standard care and maintenance
should be kept up on the vehicle.  Some people are perfectly happy having work done at the
dealership or a quick stop location.  However, with labor rates upward of $100 per hour there
are many things you can do to put some of that back into your pocket.

Poor maintenance on your vehicle may leave you
stranded due to engine, brake, tire, suspension
problems, or a combination of them all.
The first thing is making sure that engine fluids
are filled.  The most common fluids that the
average home owner can top off are the oil,
coolant, brake fluid, automatic transmission
fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper
fluid.

As the vehicle starts to reach upward of 50,000 -
75,000 miles there are some Items that you may
consider flushing regardless of how they look.  
Your vehicle is roughly 4-5 years old, it has been
through numerous winter / summer weather
cycles, and the original fluids and gaskets have
started to deteriorate.  These items usually take
more time to replace and may require additional
knowledge of the working vehicle systems.  
These items include the transmission fluid, brake fluid, differential fluid, power steering fluid,
and coolant.  I've seen the advertisements for 100,000 mile coolant, but the reality is that it's
probably better to replace it and keep it fresh.  If you've been using regular water vs. Distilled
water to top off the radiator, there's probably obvious white scale looking deposits visible in the
radiator and throughout the entire system.  This will eventually clog parts of the system and
either cause the engine to run less efficient or to overheat in a worse case scenario.  

Failure to change these fluids at this interval isn't a "requirement", but a general suggestion.  I've
owned numerous vehicles, and it's about this point in time where you can expect to start having
issues.  Having clean fluids will help the engine and other systems function the best they can in
their older condition.
Vehicle System
Recommended Fluid
Capacity
Engine Oil
API Grade SG
SAE 5W-30 (below 0* F to 100*F)
SAE 10W-30 (0*F to above 100*F)
5 qts w/ filter change
Radiator Coolant
Ethylene Glycol based
5.0L 1980 - 1987 (13.4 qts)
5.0L 1988 - 1995 (14.1 qts)
Brake Fluid
DOT 3
A full flush will take 2-4 pints
Automatic Transmission
C3, C4, AOD, and A4LD
Up To 1987
Dexron II Automatic Transmission Fluid
 
Automatic Transmission
C3, C4, AOD, and A4LD
1988 and Up
Mercon Automatic Transmission
 
Manual Transmission
T50-D
Mercon Automatic Transmission Fluid
 
Manual Transmission
All Others
80W Gear Oil
 
Power Steering
Type F Automatic Transmission Fluid
 
Windshild Wiper Fluid
Simple blue cleaner for above 32*F
Stick with the orange deicer for below 32*F
 
Front Wheel Bearings
NLGI No. 2 Grease
 
Chassis Grease
Multi-Purpose Grease
 
Rear Differential
Hypoid Lubricant
*Trak-Lok axles add 4oz of Friction Modifier
 
Radiator Cap
16 PSI Standard
Must hold 13 PSI
Must Relieve at 18 PSI
 
This information is in reference to 1980 - 1995 Mustangs