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What’s included in a Ford manufacturer warranty

New cars include a bumper-to-bumper warranty, or comprehensive warranty, for the first three years and a powertrain warranty that lasts for five years. These are known as manufacturer warranties and they cover major repairs due to factory defects.

Founded in Detroit in 1903, Ford is the top selling American brand in the U.S. The following is general information on the Ford warranty that’s included when you purchase one of their cars.

How long does a Ford manufacturer warranty last for?

Every new car sold by an authorized Ford dealer in the U.S. will have a limited car warranty as soon as you buy the car:

  • A three-year or 36,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper warranty
  • A five-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty
  • A five year rust warranty (regardless of mileage)

The original car purchaser is covered under these warranties. The warranties can get transferred automatically to future owners if the car is sold to someone else while the car remains under the time frames above.

What’s covered in a Ford manufacturer warranty?

A Ford warranty will generally cover the cost of any repairs (or replacements) due to factory defects on materials, parts and components.

What does a Ford bumper-to-bumper warranty cover?

Ford’s bumper-to-bumper warranty will cover repairs and replacements for the first three years or 36,000 miles. The following are some examples of the major Ford-supplied parts that are covered:

  • Air conditioning
  • Braking system
  • Electrical system
  • Electronics
  • Engine cooling
  • Fuel injection
  • Powertrain (engine, transmission, driveshaft, differentials and axles)
  • Seals and gaskets
  • Steering
  • Suspension

Depending on the Ford model, some wear and tear items may be covered:

  • Wheel alignment and tire balancing (1 year or 12,000 miles coverage)
  • Brake pad/lining replacements (1 year or 18,000 miles coverage)
  • Original wiper blade replacements (6 month coverage)

What does a Ford powertrain warranty cover?

Ford offers a powertrain warranty that lasts for a total of five years or 60,000 miles. In general, the Ford powertrain warranty only covers repairs or replacements due to factory defects on:

  • The car’s powertrain (engine, transmission, the driveshaft, differentials and axles) 
  • The car’s restraint system (seat belts and airbags)

What does a Ford rust warranty cover?

Ford offers a rust warranty that lasts for a total of five years regardless of mileage. It covers body sheet metal panels that get perforated due to rust-through because of a factory defect.

For damage that’s caused because of airborne material (environmental fallout) and not because of a factory defect, Ford may provide free repair of paint for 1 year or 12,000 miles.

What’s not covered under a Ford manufacturer warranty?

The Ford dealership will decide whether you will get a repair or a replacement of a part and will make sure the problem is due to a factory defect. 

Normal maintenance and wear and tear items are not covered (for example, oil changes, air filter changes and tire rotations), but Ford may replace and adjust certain maintenance items at no cost to you if they deem it necessary.

In general, a Ford warranty will not cover any damages due to:

  • Abuse or negligence
  • Accidental damage
  • Airborne chemicals, road debri, hail and any other environmental condition that can affect the car
  • Alteration or tampering of original parts
  • Improper repairs
  • Installation of non-genuine Ford parts
  • Lack of recommended maintenance guidelines
  • Misuse of the car, like racing or driving it recklessly
  • Normal wear and tear (including dings, dents, chips or scratches)
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Water contamination

Does a Ford warranty cover tires?

A Ford basic limited warranty may cover tire problems caused by factory defects. For cars and light trucks, the coverage depends on the miles driven:

Miles drivenPercentage of cost covered by Ford for defective factory tires

For more complete coverage, including repairs due to normal wear and tear, you’d have to buy a separate tire warranty.

Does a Ford warranty cover maintenance expenses?

A Ford warranty doesn’t cover normal maintenance services.

What happens after the first three years of warranty are up?

Ford’s limited bumper-to-bumper covers most of the major parts of your car for the first three years or 36,000 miles. After that, their powertrain warranty covers the engine, transmission, the driveshaft, differentials and axles for two more years or 24,000 more miles.

Remember these repairs are only covered if they happen due to factory defects. Repairs that come up due to normal use (wear and tear) are not covered. After the first three years, most of the responsibility for repairs on your car falls on you.

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