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Ford Escape 2.0L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil and filter in a 3rd generation 2013 to 2016 Ford Escape with the EcoBoost 2.0L I4 engine.

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2015 Escape 2.0L I4 Engine
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Oil Filler Cap SAE 5W-30
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Twist Off Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 3rd generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and possibly also the updated 2017 model year) Ford Escape SUV in changing the motor oil and replacing the oil filter on the EcoBoost 2.0 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged motor.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang, Fiesta, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands (or automotive ramps), a Torx T30 star bit screwdriver, a 7mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench, a 15mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container and an automotive funnel.


A few compatible replacement oil filters for the Ford EcoBoost 2.0L I4 turbo engine with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-102, Royal Purple 10-2835, Purolator PL10241, Fram PH3614, Bosch D3330, ACDelco PF53, Mann-Filter ML 1003, Pennzoil PZ-21, Valvoline VO-25,  (These filters also fit the 1.6L and 2.5L I4 engines.)
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Lift Up Oil Dipstick
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Raise Front Of Vehicle
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Under Engine Cover
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the SUV on a level surface and turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Then engage the emergency parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap and lift up the yellow plastic handled oil dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and lifting up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and also allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

You might be able to access the oil drain bolt and filter without raising your Escape. I found it much easier to complete the oil change by raising the front of the SUV.

There is a grey fabric under engine cover, A.K.A. "skid plate" or "splash guard" that protects the underside of the motor.

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Torx T-30 Screw
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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The under engine cover is held in place by seven Torx T30 screws and two 7mm screws (one on each side near the wheels).

Remove the screws by turning them counterclockwise with the T30 star bit screwdriver.

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7th Torx T30 Screw
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7mm Screw - Outer Edge
Remove the two 7mm screws that are located on the outer edges of the under engine cover close to the wheels.

There is one 7mm screw on each side of the cover.

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2nd 7mm Screw
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7 Torx T30 - 2 7mm Screws
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Skid Plate Removed
Set the 7 Torx T30 screws and two 7mm screws aside in a safe place.

Pull off the under engine cover and slide it out of the way.

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Silver Metal Oil Pan
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Oil Drain Bolt
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Oil Filter Location
The oil drain bolt is located at the rear of the silver metal oil pan with the bolt head facing towards the rear of the vehicle.

The oil filter is located just in front of the oil pan.

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Used Oil Catch Container
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Drain Out Old Oil
Slide the used oil catch basin to just below the oil drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt in the counterclockwise direction with the 15mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil might still be hot enough to burn your fingers depending on how long you warmed up the engine during the first step.

Allow the old oil to drain out for a few minutes or until the flow slows to just an occasional drip.



 

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Tighten 15mm Clockwise
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Move Basin Forward
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Twist Off Old Oil Filter
If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

A new crush washer can be purchased at your local Ford / Lincoln dealership or at most auto parts stores.

Make sure that the old crush washer is not still attached to the oil pan.

Spin in the oil drain bolt by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to make sure that it doesn't become cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction with the 15mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20-25 ft-lbs of torque.

Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the old oil filter.

Twist off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction

If you have trouble loosening the old oil filter, you may need to use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600.

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Dip Pinky Finger In New Oil
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Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
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Twist On New Oil Filter
Allow the old oil to drain out from the filter mounting location for at least a minute or two.

I would recommend buying either the Mobil 1 M1-102 or the Purolator PL10241 oil filters since they have the best reviews on Amazon.

Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 5W-30 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring gasket on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the new oil filter gasket will help it form a better seal, prevent oil leaks and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

Make sure that the old rubber o-ring gasket from the old oil filter is not still attached to the engine.

Spin on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction and tighten it to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Try to avoid over tightening the new oil filter.

Double check that the oil drain bolt and new oil filter are tight before moving on to the next steps.

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Fabric Under Engine Cover
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Spin In 7mm Screw
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Replace T30 & 7mm Screws
Line up the pressed fabric under engine cover and spin in the two 7mm screws in the clockwise direction by hand.

Replace all seven of the Torx T-30 screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction.

Double check that the two 7mm screws and seven T30 screws are tight before moving on to the next step.

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Lower From Jack Stands
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Insert Automotive Funnel
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Pour In New SAE 5W-30 Oil
Carefully lower the SUV from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to over fill it. Running an engine that has been over filled may cause damage to seals, gasket or other components and also sluggish performance with a distinctive strained engine sound.

The EcoBoost 2.0L Turbo I4 engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 5.7 U.S. quarts (or 5.4L) of new SAE 5W-30 oil.

I'd recommend only pouring in about 5 quarts of the engine's 5.7 quart total capacity.

(The 1.6L EcoBoost engine's capacity is 4.3 quarts [4.1L] and the 2.5L I4 engine's capacity is 5.7 quarts [5.4L].)

Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction and push down the oil dipstick.

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Replace Oil Filler Cap
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Check Dipstick Oil Level
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Oil Change Complete
Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off and then allow the oil to drain back down to the pan for at least 5-10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, re-insert it and then pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil while repeatedly checking the level on the dipstick until it reaches at or just below the upper hole on the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Max" (maximum) line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 5.7 U.S. quarts of new oil in order for the oil level to reach the maximum line.

Once the oil is at the correct level, replace the dipstick and tighten the oil filler cap in the clockwise direction.

Be sure to record the oil change in your SUV's service records. It would also be a good idea to check your parking spot, garage or driveway for drops of oil which may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the new filter.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Ford Escape DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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