Changing the oil in your Ford Expedition
is a great way to learn about the inner workings of your car as you
simultaneously help to extend its longevity. The oil in the engine of
your Expedition will be responsible for making sure that the vehicle
itself does not overheat. Without proper oil replaced every 3000 miles
or so, the engine may become too hot and can run into a huge slew of
problems, including melting and other serious and irreparable damages.
Fortunately, changing the oil in your Expedition is both easy to do and
inexpensive at home. Read on for a step by step guide on how to change
the oil in your Ford SUV.
Step 1 -- Gather the Materials
You'll need the following materials in order to properly change the oil in your Expedition:
- New oil filter
- New oil packages (several quarts)
- Oil changing pan
- Newspaper, funnel and paper towels
- Wrench set
- Jack stand set
- New gasket system (optional)
Step 2 -- Prep the Area
Begin by preparing the vehicle for the oil change. Test to see
whether you'll be able to reach under the Expedition without having to
jack it up; if so, leave it where it is. If not, you'll need to mount
the front end of the car on the jack stands. Place newspapers underneath
it to catch any drops of oil that fall. Open up the hood and wait until
the engine has been off for several hours before you continue.
Step 3 -- Drain the Old Oil
Place the oil collection pan underneath the oil container in the
Expedition. Locate the drain plug and unscrew it by hand. As soon as it
comes loose, oil will begin to drain into the pan. Allow several minutes
for the oil to completely drain into the pan, then clean the whole area
out with a paper towel thoroughly before you continue.
Step 4 -- Check and Replace the Filter and Gasket, if Needed
Unscrew the oil filter, which is located adjacent to the drain plug
on the oil container in your Expedition, with a wrench. Place the filter
in the drain pan to drain the oil from it, then examine it by hand to
see if there are any signs of corrosion or other damage. If there are,
throw out the filter and replace it with a new one. Otherwise, you can
simply reattach the filter. Do the same with the gasket, if you wish.
Both of these items will not need to be changed as frequently as the oil
itself, but it's still a good idea to check on them when you change the
Step 5 -- Fill with New Oil
The Expedition now needs fresh oil. Close up the drain plug and
insert the funnel into the top of the container. Fill it with however
many quarts of oil are recommended for your driving style and weather
conditions. Allow the oil plenty of time to drain into the container so
that you get all of it from the packaging. Remove the funnel, close up
the container, close the hood on the vehicle and dismount it from the
Before you operate the Expedition, however, you should check on the
oil levels manually one last time. Use a dipstick to take a reading of
the oil levels and adjust it as appropriate, being sure to add or drain
off any oil to get a proper reading. After that, feel free to start up
your SUV once again.
If you have any additional questions about how to change the oil on
your Ford Expedition, check in with a local mechanic or specialist for
more information. This includes questions about which type of oil to
use, how to complete any step of this process, and anything else that
you may be wondering about or confused by.