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Ford Fiesta Duratec 1.6L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & replace the filter in a 6th generation 2009-2015 Ford Fiesta with the Duratec 1.6L I4 engine.

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2013 Ford Fiesta 1.6L I4
Oil Filler Cap
Twist Off Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and possibly also the 2016 model year) Ford Fiesta sedan or hatchback in changing the motor oil and replacing the canister style oil filter on the Duratec 1.6 liter inline four cylinder motor.

Owners of other Ford vehicles equipped with the Sigma series of engines including the Zetec or Duratec versions with 1.4L, 1.5L, 1.6L and 1.7L variants including the Focus, Fusion, Puma, EcoSport C-Max and Mondeo may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a 13mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a used oil catch container, a Lisle 63600 oil filter wrench (optional), an automotive funnel, a new oil filter and 5 U.S. quarts (or 4.1L) of new SAE 5W-20 oil.


A few compatible replacement oil filters with their part numbers are as follows: Mobil 1 M1-102, Motorcraft FL-910S, Royal Purple 10-2835, Wix 51348, Purolator PL10241, Fram PH3614, Bosch D3330, ACDelco PF53 and Pennzoil PZ-21.
Lift Up Oil Dipstick
Raise Front of Vehicle
Engine Oil Pan
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and then turn off the engine.

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

Engage the emergency / parking broke and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the car from moving.

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

If you prefer, you can instead use automotive ramps to make more working room under the engine.

Oil Drain Bolt On Rear
Oil Filter - Front of Oil Pan
Used Oil Catch Basin
Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay and locate the silver metal oil pan.

The oil drain bolt is located on the rear edge of the oil pan facing towards the back of the car.

The round canister style oil filter is located just in front of the oil pan near some rubber coolant hoses.

Loosen 13mm Oil Drain Bolt
Drain Out Old Oil
Tighten 13mm Drain Bolt
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

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

Loosen the oil drain bolt in the counterclockwise direction with a 13mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Remove the bolt and allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary. You can purchase new washers at your Ford dealership's parts counter or at most auto parts stores.

Clean the area around the oil drain hole and re-insert the drain bolt.

Tighten the oil drain bolt in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight or about 20 ft-lbs of torque.


Move Basin Forward
Spin Off Old Oil Filter
Lisle 63600 Filter Wrench
Slide the used oil catch container forward to just below the old oil filter.

Spin off the old oil filter in the counterclockwise direction.

If you have trouble loosening the old filter, use an oil filter wrench such as the Lisle # 63600 with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Allow the old oil to drain out from the oil filter receptacle for at least a few minutes.

I always buy the Mobil 1 M1-102 oil filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Dip Finger In New Oil
Lubricate Rubber O-Ring
Twist On New Oil Filter
Dip your pinky finger in to some new SAE 5W-20 oil and lubricate the rubber o-ring on the new oil filter.

Lubricating the rubber o-ring on the new filter will help it form a better seal and also make it easier to remove during the next oil change.

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

Twist on the new oil filter in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight.

Avoid over tightening the oil filter to prevent from damaging the seal or crushing the metal body which may lead to oil leaks.

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

Lower Car From Stands
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New 5W-20 Oil
Be sure to remove any items from below the car such as the used oil catch container or any tools.

Carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Insert an 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 with oil may cause damage to the seals, gaskets or other components.

The Duratec 1.6L I4 engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 4.3 U.S. quarts (or 4.1 liters).

Slowly pour in only about 3.5 to 4 U.S. quarts of new SAE 5W-20 oil.

Check Dipstick Oil Level
Replace Oil Filler Cap
Push In Oil Dipstick
Temporarily replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Push down the oil dipstick.

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 to 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 notch on the dipstick which indicates the "Full" or "Max" (maximum) line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 4.3 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 car'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 2009-2015 Ford Fiesta DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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