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The best grade for your vehicle is S.A.E. 5w30 just to be safe you should buy at least 5 litres of oil. first pour 4 litres in and then check the level and if it needs more add the rest. My 2003 explorer sport-trac with a 4.0 litre v6 takes about 5 litres of oil and if im not mistaken so does my 3.0L Aerostar. And About the expensive filter They dont make a heck of a difference, Instead of buying Expensive or economy filters Buy one that is mid-price range, they usually have the most value, Also they say you only need to change your filter every other oil change but in my opinion it is worth changing the filter every oil change. Some things are specificaly beneficial and others are all a matter of personal preference.
What is the best oil to put into a V6 3.0 L engine (Escape 2001). How many quarts do I need to buy? Is it recommended to flush the engine before pouring the new oil?
Any experience with the K&N oil filter? Is it worth the high price?
Ford specifies 5W20 (Motorcraft has a 5W20 synthetic blend that is inexpensive), but I use 5W30 Mobil-1 and Motorcraft filters. The listed capacity is 5.5 quarts. That will bring it up half way between the add and full marks on the dipstick. Six quarts will bring it up to the full mark.
If the vehicle has had regular oil changes at the manufacturer's recommended intervals, no flushing is required. On a sludged-up engine, flushing will break loose crud that can plug oil passages, causing oil starvation and engine failure.
If you cut a half inch hole in the plastic cover below the engine directly in line with the oil filter, you can then put a 3/8s extension through the hole to a end cap oil filter wrench for easy filter change.. let it cool down a bit before removing the filter.. some oil will drip on the exhaust pipe. If you do it when the oil is just warm you can unscrew the filter with your hand and hold it upright. You will then not spill much oil on the pipe (and everywhere else) that way..Careful the pipe and the oil can burn you if it is too hot....
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