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Ford Essential Service at Ames Ford Thetford, Norfolk


If your Ford is over three years old, you can choose the Ford Essential Car Service.

Specifically designed to keep older vehicles in top condition, our Ford Essential Car Service provides the assurance of high-quality Ford Motocraft® parts and service without breaking the bank.

Carried out by Ford-trained technicians using high-quality Ford Motocraft® parts, the Ford Essential Car Service includes a comprehensive inspection, covering all the essential checks, top-ups‡, oil and filter changes and much more. You will also benefit from the additional features that make Ford servicing simple and convenient.

Additional Benefits (click on the links below for more information):


Ford Motocraft® parts are remanufactured products that offer a high-quality, model-specific option for older Fords. All parts adhere to strict Ford specifications, pass stringent quality checks and come with an Original Equipment (OE) warranty*.


Ford trained technicians. Ford approved parts. Cost effective servicing, designed to keep your older Ford in top condition.

See below what comes as standard with your Ford Essential Service.

Upon Arrival

  • Instrument gauges, warning control lights and horn
  • Check operation
  • Clutch
  • Check operation/adjust if necessary (where applicable)
  • Heating system, fan motor
  • Check operation
  • Washers, wipers
  • Check operation
  • Windscreen
  • Check for damage / Clean inside and outside
  • Exterior and respective control lights; instrument cluster illumination
  • Check operation/condition
  • Handbrake
  • Check operation/adjust, if necessary
  • Seat belts
  • Check operation / condition and fasten in buckle

Inside Vehicle

  • Interior filter
  • Check operation - Replacement of both filters is optional at an additional cost

Under Vehicle

  • Engine
  • Drain oil and renew oil filter. Renew sump plug gasket where fitted
  • Engine, transmission and rear axle
  • Check for damage & leaks (where visible)
  • Pipes, hoses, wiring, oil and fuel feed lines, exhaust
  • Check for routing, damage, chafing and leaks (where visible)
  • Tyres
  • Check wear and condition, especially at tyre wall, note tread depth
  • Underbody
  • Check condition of PVC coating
  • Brake System
  • Check brake pads and discs for wear, check rear brake linings for wear

Under Hood

  • Engine
  • Refill engine oil
  • Wiring, pipes, hoses, oil and fuel feed lines
  • Check for routing, damage, chafing and leaks (where visible)
  • Engine, vacuum pump, heater and radiator
  • Check for damage and leaks
  • Coolant expansion tank, brake fluid reservoir and battery
  • Check / top up oil level
  • Washer reservoirs
  • Check / top up fluid levels as necessary

Outside Vehicle

  • Tyres
  • Adjust pressure
  • Spare wheel
  • Adjust pressure, check wear - condition
  • Wheel nuts
  • Check torque

OTHER SERVICES (click on the links below for more information):


Imagery and information shown throughout this website may not reflect latest UK specifications, colours may vary, options and/or accessories may be featured at additional cost and locations and vehicles used may be outside of the UK.
Ford policy is one of continuous product development. The right is reserved to change specifications, colours of the models and items illustrated and described on this website at any time.
⁰ The identified dealer fitted accessories are carefully selected third party supplier branded accessories and may have different warranty conditions, the details of which can be obtained from your Ford Dealer.
Dealer fitted accessories are fitted after registration and could have an impact on your vehicle’s fuel consumption. The Combined Fuel Consumption and Combined CO2 Emissions (WLTP) figures do not include dealer fitted accessories.

Ford Essential service and repairs are available at participating Ford Dealers for older passenger cars and commercial vehicles with up to and including 2.5L engines and are applicable to retail customers only. All published prices are recommended retail prices and include parts, labour and VAT. Mustang, RS models and LPG derivatives are excluded.
Fluid levels will be topped-up to the vehicle manufacturer recommended levels and are limited to half a litre (0.5L) of coolant, half a litre (0.5L) of screen wash and 1 litre (1L) of engine oil. Additional quantities of fluid will be charged accordingly with customer’s consent. Should a fault be identified as the reason for a fluid top-up being required then further investigation would be necessary and therefore fluid top-up will not be included.
Available at participating dealers only. Additional charges may apply.
Ford Video Check is a 30-point, visual reporting tool and is only available at the dealer’s discretion. Contact your local dealer for more information.
Available at participating dealers only. Ford Express Service is recommended for specific Scheduled Service intervals and all Essential Services where two technicians will complete the required service within sixty minutes. Your local participating dealer can advise on eligibility based on your vehicle’s recommended servicing schedule. Any additional work identified during the service will not be completed in this time and will only be carried out when agreed by the customer at additional cost. Contact your local participating dealer for more information.
At participating dealers only
Your Ford Scheduled Service Intervals are specific to your vehicle and can be viewed in your vehicle handbook or via the FordPass app or your Ford Account. Ask your Ford Dealer about Digital Service Record.

Ames Nissan Ltd trading as Ames Ford is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Ref No 670521) for consumer credit purposes. We are a broker for finance and not a lender. Please be aware lenders may pay us a commission for introducing you to them. This commission can be based on the amount you borrow or the vehicle you purchase. Different lenders may pay different commissions for such introductions. Any commission amounts lenders pay will not affect the amount that you pay under your finance agreement, all of which are set by the lender.