Ford Transit Maintenance Guides - Common Ford Transit Repair Questions Answered

As the third best-selling van of all time, the Ford Transit has a legendary reputation.

They’ve been manufactured by motor giants Ford since 1965 and continue to dominate.

To aid our drivers, we have created a guide answering our most asked Ford Transit questions.

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Ford Transit Tyre Pressure

What is the recommended tyre pressure of a Ford Transit?

The required tyre pressure levels of your Ford Transit will vary model to model; you will be able to find the exact values in your car owner’s handbook and on the tyre placard (found on the driver door interior).

For the 2017 Ford Transit, your minimum tyre pressure recommendation is 50.8 psi which is equal to 360kPa and 3.6 bar.

Where can I check my Ford Transit tyre pressure?

Ford Transit tyre pressure can be checked at any petrol station or by a garage during a servicing. Alternatively, you can check your tyre pressure at home with the use of a handheld pressure gauge. These cost only around £10, and give accurate tyre pressure readings at home, allowing you a safer ride and also reducing risk of you failing your MOT.

What should I do once I see a tyre pressure warning?

If the tyre pressure warning light illuminates on your dashboard, the first point of call is to check the pressure of all your tyres.

The tyre pressure warning light (TPMS) resembles an exclamation mark in brackets with a tread line running along the bottom.

Once you have checked and subsequently amended tyre pressures, your TPMS light should go out once you drive again.

If the light remains illuminated, you likely either require puncture repair or have a faulty TPMS light which requires reset (see below).

How do I reset a Ford Transit tyre pressure light?

The rest process for the TPMS light in your Ford Transit will vary depending on the specific model, consult your car owner’s manual for full details.

Generally, the process will be:

Turn ignition to “ON” without starting the engine

Press hazard lights button three times quickly

The horn will then sound to let you know that the reset mode has begun

Message will appear on your dashboard of “Train left Front Tyre”

Repeat the process of pressing the hazard lights three times for the remaining three wheels

When all four tyres have been done you will get a message that confirms the tyre training is complete, to which you must select “OK”.


Ford Transit Warning Lights

What do the warning lights mean on a Ford Transit?

The warning lights on your Ford Transit dashboard, alert the driver of urgent issues and information that requires attention.

The colour of your warning light indicates the severity of the issue at hand. A green or blue light is purely informational whereas red and amber lights indicate an issue that requires action.

Amber lights are less severe; needing to be checked out as soon as you can but non-urgent. Whereas red lights, particularly those that flash, signpost a serious issue and you should stop as soon as you can and seek assistance.

What does a Ford Transit engine management warning light mean?

The engine management light, also known as connect malfunction indicator warning light, illuminates on your dash it may be a sign of many faults with the ECU.

The issue at hand can vary from a minor emissions fault to a severely damaged catalytic converter. For that reason, the light coming on should push you to contact a mechanic immediately.

How to reset a Ford Transit low engine oil pressure warning light?

This light’s symbol looks like a dripping oil can and will illuminate to indicate low oil pressure in your engine.

If this illuminates whilst you are driving, pull over as soon as is safe, and check your oil levels. Amend if needed, but if the oil levels are correct, contact a mechanic for assistance.

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Ford Transmit Service Intervals

When are Ford Transit service intervals?

The Ford Transit will need a full service once a year or every 12,000 miles, you should also have an oil change annually.

If you undertake a high mileage in your Transit, i.e. you drive in your van for a living, an interim service is also recommended. 


Ford Transit Oil

What the best oil to use for a Ford Transit?

For diesel transit vans the current oil recommendation is semi synthetic oil with 5W30 grade, or a slightly thicker 10w40 upon personal preference.

What to do if a Ford Transit leaks oil?

Oil leaks can be caused by a variety of issues and vary greatly in their severity. 

For that reason, it is necessary that any leaks be assessed and fixed by a trained mechanic.

Often, locating the source of a leak can be the most time-consuming.

Therefore, consulting a leak specialist is the most efficient move which saves money in the long run.

Ford Transits are wholly reliable that often facilitate a person’s livelihood and should thus be kept in tip-top condition. 

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