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I searched this site and did not find any information on this. I'm new to the site (2nd visit) so I may not have looked in all the right places. Basically brand new to the (Ford) brand after owning Tacomas since back in the 90's...

I bought my 2013 XLT in October... and just passed 10K. It had approx 6700K when I picked it up. I purchased from CarMax... NOT a Ford dealership. I got f%&*ed badly by a Toyota Dealer Service dept.. enough to have me trade my 3rd Tacoma (it was a 2013) in on a F-150 (I'm really diggin it). I will never have anything to do with Toyota again. Truth be told, I don't trust (any) dealership service department(s) as far as I could throw them... and I admit I have a real bad taste in my mouth from the latest experience. I need to have standard maintenance performed on my truck. Is it a requirement to have the service done at a Ford dealer to keep the Ford mfgr. warranty valid? This was the case with Toyota.. and I don't want to take any chances...owners manual seems to point in that direction but a friend (F-150 owner) indicated that just having the receipts w milage/service performed/parts/etc would be good enough. Not sure if he was totally clear about this...

Open to suggestions/counsel/recommendations...

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Not at all. You can do all the maintenance and repairs you want and as long as they don't directly contribute to a warranty claim or failure, there is nothing a dealer or manufacturer can do to void your warranty. If they can prove that your work caused the failure or warranty claim than maybe you have a problem, but if your just talking about basic maintenance I can't see how you could cause any problems. As long as you use the right fluids and filters as called for by the manufacturer you're good to go.
Read up on the Magnuson-Moss act if you want to learn more about the way the law protects you in this regard.

I do recommend that you keep records of the maintenance you perform though. I keep a log book where I document all of my oil changes, modifications and repairs. I keep the date, mileage and notes about the work so that if anything ever happens I at least have some kind of record. I don't think you really need to keep any recepits unless the parts themselves have warranties, but I also do oil analysis on my changes so I have most of the reports from each oil change also.
 
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Huge thanks...
Basic maintenance... that's it. Most concerned w/ first five (replace/change) items... I suspect most of the early on "inspections" are just that... nothing needed... least I hope...
from Ford web site:
[h=4]Service Maintenance Details[/h]
  • Replace engine air filter
  • Replace climate controlled seat filters, if equipped
  • Rotate and inspect tires; check wheel end play and turning noise
  • Change engine oil and replace oil filter when indicated on vehicle message center or every 12 months, whichever occurs first
  • MEMO: Gas engine; Up to 6.0 quarts of oil (IOLM)
  • Inspect cooling system and hoses
  • Inspect complete exhaust system and heat shields
  • Inspect brake pads/shoes/rotors/drums, brake lines and hoses, and parking brake system
  • Inspect and lubricate all non-sealed steering linkage,ball joints,suspension joints,half and drive-shafts and u-joints
  • Perform multi-point inspection

I'll check out the suggested reading...

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It should all be stated in your warranty as well, as far as what mods and services you can do before voiding any coverage; i.e. my warranty clearly states I can lift no more than 4" and can change tire sizes to 3 sizes larger than the original equipment. There is another thread where you can look up your original window sticker if you need to see what your truck was produced with from the mfg.
 

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It should all be stated in your warranty as well, as far as what mods and services you can do before voiding any coverage; i.e. my warranty clearly states I can lift no more than 4" and can change tire sizes to 3 sizes larger than the original equipment. There is another thread where you can look up your original window sticker if you need to see what your truck was produced with from the mfg.
I never read the fine print, thats pretty interesting info.
 

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When you rotate the tires you might want to stop by a local tire store and have them re-assign the TPMS sensors as well. It takes a special scan tool to do this. If you don't you might get and indication your left front tire is low when its actually a different one!

I keep a log book on the maintenance I do. For example: 15962 Mi. 1/12/14 O/F 5w30 Mtrcrft/FL500S Filter Checked TP, Belts, Hoses, CV Boots, ATF, Topped washer fld. NSD 21K

A small spiral notebook works great for this. Caused the trade in on my last truck to go up a few hundred as well.
 

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The 2013 manual provides owners a process to perform the TPMS reset and relearn procedure starting on page 385.

System reset tips:
• To reduce the chances of interference from another vehicle, the
system reset procedure should be performed at least three feet (one
meter) away from another Ford Motor Company vehicle undergoing
the system reset procedure at the same time.
• Do not wait more than two minutes between resetting each tire sensor
or the system will time-out and the entire procedure will have to be
repeated on all four wheels.
• A double horn chirp indicates the need to repeat the procedure.



Performing the System Reset Procedure
Read the entire procedure before attempting.
1. Drive the vehicle above 20 mph (32 km/h) for at least two minutes
and then park in a safe location where you can easily get to all four tires
and have access to an air pump.
2. Place the ignition in the off position and keep the key in the ignition.
3. Cycle the ignition to the on position with the engine off.
4. Turn the hazard flashers on then off three times. This must be
accomplished within 10 seconds.
If the reset mode has been entered successfully, the horn will sound
once, the system indicator will flash and a message is shown in the
information display (if equipped). If this does not occur, please try again
starting at Step 2.
If after repeated attempts to enter the reset mode, the horn does not
sound, the system indicator does not flash and no message is shown in
the information display (if equipped), seek service from your authorized
dealer.
5. Note: Train the tire pressure monitoring system sensors in the tires
using the following system reset sequence starting with the left front tire
in the following clockwise order:
• Left front (Driver’s side front tire)
• Right front (Passenger’s side front tire)
• Right rear (Passenger’s side rear tire)
• Left rear (Driver’s side rear tire)
6. Remove the valve cap from the valve stem on the left front tire;
decrease the air pressure until the horn sounds.
Note: The single horn chirp confirms that the sensor identification code
has been learned by the module for this position. If a double horn is
heard, the reset procedure was unsuccessful, and must be repeated.
7. Remove the valve cap from the valve stem on the right front tire;
decrease the air pressure until the horn sounds.
8. Remove the valve cap from the valve stem on the right rear tire;
decrease the air pressure until the horn sounds.
9. Remove the valve cap from the valve stem on the left rear tire;
decrease the air pressure until the horn sounds.



Training is complete after the horn sounds for the last tire trained
(driver’s side rear tire), the system indicator stops flashing, and a
message is shown in the information display (if equipped).
10. Turn the ignition off. If two short horn beeps are heard, the reset
procedure was unsuccessful and must be repeated.
If after repeating the procedure and two short beeps are heard when the
ignition is turned to off, seek assistance from your authorized dealer.
11. Set all four tires to the recommended air pressure as indicated on
the Safety Compliance Certification Label (affixed to either the door
hinge pillar, door-latch post, or the door edge that meets the door-latch
post, next to the driver’s seating position) or Tire Label located on the
B-Pillar or the edge of the driver’s door. See Load Carrying for more
information.
 
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