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Ford’s latest iteration of the Bronco, first introduced in 2020, is available in two variants – Bronco, and Bronco Sport. While they share the same namesake, they’re very different vehicles built on completely different chassis. We’ll explore what makes them unique and discuss what to expect from a maintenance perspective.

2020-2024 Ford Bronco

The Bronco is Ford’s re-imagined version of the full-sized SUV we all remember from the 70s and 80s through about the mid-90s. The modern version is a throwback to the nameplate’s easily recognizable, boxed body style of its heyday and is Ford’s attempt to harness everything Bronco owners loved about the original, while delivering modern tech and design cues.

The full-size Ford Bronco is available in 2-door or 4-door body styles and comes in one of eight trim levels – The base level Big Bend, followed by a slew of mid-level options such as Black Diamon, Heritage Edition, Outer Banks, Badlands, Everglades, Wildtrak, and topping out on the high end with the Heritage Limited Edition. This capable offroad vehicle is powered by either the 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 300hp and 325 lb-ft of torque or the more potent 2.7L twin-turbo that makes 330hp and delivers 415lb-ft of torque. Both options are available with either manual transmission or 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

Ford Bronco Raptor

The Ford Bronco Raptor is such a different beast that it requires space to itself. This Bronco outpaces the standard variants with a 418hp twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 and a beefed-up Fox suspension system that delivers better off-road ability and bumps towing capacity up to 4,500 lbs.

The Bronco Raptor is offered exclusively in the 4-door body style with only one trim level available.

Ford Bronco Sport

The Ford Bronco Sport is the full-size Bronco’s smaller, yet more accessible brother. It’s built on the same front-wheel drive unibody C2 platform used by the Ford Escape and Ford Maverick, giving it a narrower and shorter wheelbase than the full-size Bronco. The smaller Bronco gets a smaller powertrain as well. Standard is an all-wheel drive, 181hp turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 33 mpg highway fuel economy. For more of a power punch, you’ll need to upgrade to a trim like Badlands, which comes with a 245hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive.

Oil Filters for Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco is available with 2.3L, 2.7L, and 3.0L engines that use one of two oil filters – synthetic cartridge filter, Ford part number KR3Z6731A or synthetic spin-on filter, Ford part number 1S7Z-6731-DA.

The PG8154 or PG8154EX cartridge filter for the 2.7L/3.0L, and PG241 or PG241EX extended life spin-on for the 2.3L. Ford recommends an oil change interval of 7,500 – 10,000 miles for normal driving conditions and 5,000 – 7,500 for severe driving conditions. All engine options for the Bronco are turbocharged and Ford recommends full synthetic oil, making PG8154EX and PG241EX extended life oil filters the ideal choices.

Engine Air Filters for Ford Bronco

Like the oil filter, the engine air filter of a Ford Bronco is a critical engine protection component that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Ford Bronco can use one of two different air filters depending on which engine the vehicle has. The smaller 2.3L and 2.7L options use Ford Motorcraft part numbers MB3Z9601A or MB3G9601AA, both of which Premium Guard PA99846 is a direct replacement for.

The larger 3.0L engine found in the Ford Bronco Raptor uses Ford Motorcraft part number NB3Z9601A, for which Premium Guard PA99950 is a direct replacement.

Cabin Air Filters for Ford Bronco

To keep the climate control system working optimally while maintaining passenger comfort and safety, the cabin air filter of the Ford Bronco should be changed on an annual or bi-annual basis depending on driving habits and environmental factors. Ford lists MB3Z19N619A as the recommended part number for the Bronco. The Premium Guard equivalents of this cabin air filter are: PC99806P particulate cabin air filter and PC99806X antimicrobial cabin air filter.

Transmission Filter Kits for Ford Bronco

The 2.3L, 2.7L, and 3.0L versions of the Ford Bronco all require the same transmission filter kits when it’s time for transmission service at 50,000 miles. For this service Ford recommends part numbers L1MZ-7A098-A or HL3Z-7A098-A. At this time Premium Guard is one of very few aftermarket suppliers that has replacement transmission filter kits available for the Ford Bronco. For a direct aftermarket solution Premium Guard PT99628 is a high-quality transmission filter kit with third-hand feature for easier installation. When an OE-style transmission filter gasket is an absolute must, Premium Guard® Select™ PT99628X delivers exceptional reliability and peace of mind.

Ford Bronco Fuel Filter

The Ford Bronco fuel filter is located in the fuel tank and is non-serviceable.

Oil Filters for Ford Bronco Sport

Both the 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged engine variants for the Ford Bronco Sport require the same oil filter – either PG241 oil filter for conventional oil changes or PG241EX for synthetic oil changes. As is the case with its larger sibling, Ford recommends either full-synthetic or semi-synthetic motor oil for the Bronco Sport, making the PG241EX the ideal choice to keep your Bronco well protected.

Engine Air Filters for Ford Bronco Sport

The Ford Bronco sport uses the same flat panel engine air filter for both the 1.5L and 2.0L engine variants – Ford Motorcraft part number JX6Z-9601-A, for which Premium Guard PA99541 is a direct replacement.

Cabin Air Filters for Ford Bronco Sport

To keep the Bronco Sport climate control system working optimally while maintaining passenger comfort and safety, the cabin air filter should be changed on an annual or bi-annual basis depending on driving habits and environmental factors. This is easy to keep up with because the Bronco Sport cabin air filter is located behind the glove box and only takes a few minutes to change. For this service Ford recommends original equipment part numbers JX6Z-19N619-A, JX6Z-19N619-B, JX6Z-19N619-BA, JX6Z-19N619-CA, or JX6Z-19N619-E. Premium Guard offers upgrade options for all of these part numbers, including particulate media PC99542P, antimicrobial PUREFLOW® PC99542X, or PUREFLOW® antimicrobial + HEPA PC99542HX.

Transmission Filter for the Ford Bronco Sport

Both the 1.5L and 2.0L variants of the Ford Bronco Sport use the same transmission filter, Ford JM5Z7A098A. At this time Premium Guard is the only aftermarket supplier that offers a direct original equipment replacement – PT99807.

A Complete Service Solution for the Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport

Premium Guard has everything you need to get the job done when it’s time to maintain your Bronco – from filters and wiper blades to oil filter housing caps, cap wrenches, drain plugs, hoses, and clamps. Make sure to follow Ford’s maintenance schedule for all of the items mentioned above and remember that you can count on Premium Guard for the highest quality and best value when replacing original equipment parts.

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