A Ford Excursion is a solidly built SUV
that Ford manufactured in the early 2000s to great acclaim, before SUV
sales dropped significantly and the vehicle was discontinued. If you own
an Excursion, one of the best things that you can do to help maintain
this vehicle is to change the oil regularly. Keeping the oil fresh every
3000 miles or so is a great way to keep the engine properly lubricated
and to avoid potential overheating, melting and other serious damage to
the internal workings of your SUV. Additionally, changing the oil at
home and by yourself is cheaper and more efficient than taking the car
in to a service station to have this done there. Read on for a few tips
on how to change the oil in your Ford Excursion.
Step 1 -- Gather the Necessary materials
You'll need the following materials before you begin this oil changing process:
- New oil filter
- New packages of oil (several quarts)
- Jack stand set
- Oil drain pan
- New gasket system (optional)
- Wrench set
- Newspapers, funnel and paper towels
Step 2 -- Prepare the Vehicle
You may or may not need to mount the Excursion up on a jack stand in
order to properly reach the base of the car. Check before you begin to
see if this is necessary. Otherwise, lay out a set of newspaper sheets
below the front of the vehicle and prepare to change the oil by opening
up the hood at the front of the vehicle. Keep it propped open if
possible. Be sure to wait for a few hours after the engine was last
running so that the oil and other components will be cool.
Step 3 -- Drain the Old Oil
Locate the drain plug at the base of the oil container. Place the oil
collection pan beneath it and then unscrew it by hand. As soon as it
loosens, the oil will begin to drip out. Keep the pan there until all of
the oil has fully drained from the collection pan. Once this is done,
wipe down the whole area until it's clean by using paper towels.
Step 4 -- Check and Change the Filter
Unscrew the oil filter using a wrench and allow it to drain into the
pan as well. Then check on the status of the filter. Look for signs of
corrosion and other damage, and pay particular attention to the filter
mechanism itself. If you think that the filter requires replacement,
dispose of the old filter properly and install a new one in its place.
Otherwise, attach the old filter back onto the vehicle. You can do the
same with the gasket system, if you wish.
Step 5 -- Replace the Oil
Close up the drain plug and insert the funnel into the top of the oil
container. Pour in as many quarts of new oil as are required for your
style of driving, and then allow several minutes for them to drain into
the container completely. Next, close up the container and the hood and
remove the vehicle from the jack stand if it was mounted up.
Before you start operating the Excursion once again, however, it's
important that you double check on the oil levels. Use a dipstick to
take a reading and adjust the oil level as you need. If you have to
drain out a little bit of oil or add a bit more in order to get a
perfect level, do so before you drive the car once again.
If you have any questions about how to go about changing the oil in
your Ford Excursion, how to recognize when the filter needs replacement,
what kind of oil to choose or any other topic that's related, ask a
mechanic in your area for additional advice and assistance. The tools
required for this project are found at a hardware store.