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#1 Old 11-06-2013, 07:50 PM
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1.6 Oil Change

Has anyone attempted a DIY oil change on a 1.6 engine?

YouTube videos show that this may be a "real bear" of a job to do, especially accessing the filter from the underside of the car.
Almost wonder if it is easier to access the oil filter from the top after taking the intercooler hose off of the throttle body? (this hose is held on to the TB with a worm type clamp - usually indicates that it is meant to be R&R'ed several times)

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#2 Old 12-18-2013, 07:11 PM
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This is a question for Ashley - our Ford rep.

Every video I've seen shows R&R of the oil filter on the 1.6 to be a real pain.
Seems as if everyone tries to get it out from the bottom.
Looks like it is easier from the top with a cup type wrench. (saw a Kuga Diesel video showing removal from above rather than below)

What is Ford's factory procedure to get this filter out?

Must be an easier way than fighting through all the hoses and pipes below the filter.

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Don't be surprised if you get a referral back to your dealer for an oil change


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#4 Old 12-18-2013, 08:28 PM
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I do have a coupon for a free one at the dealer, but most simple tasks, I DIY, if it is too much for me and my bum leg, I use an independent shop for routine work.
Due to past experiences, I avoid dealers like the plague.
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I don't mind doing my own oil as well but when I get coupons or such and it's within a few dollars well, for a few bucks u can get under the car and use that fancy lift. While I sip on free coffee and watch the news. However, it's more like 10 or more dollar savings, I'll take care of it. Heck, after watching the video of the cabin air filter, it's not as easy as I would like it to be but it's easy enough to save 60.00 labor.

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#6 Old 12-19-2013, 04:35 PM
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My dealer gives me free oil changes and yearly inspection for the life of my vehicle so I'm not worried about my 2.0
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#7 Old 12-19-2013, 08:22 PM
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For $39.95 my dealer does "the works" which is oil change, tire rotation, check brakes, filters, fluids and belts. Not worth the bother to do it myself at that price, since oil alone is half that, plus filter, the mess, and getting rid of the old oil.I used to do all my own changes and many other repairs until I bought the 2007 Ranger from them and found out about this deal, though it has gone up since then.

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I've gotten lazy. I just let the Dealer do oil changes on my Escape.
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#9 Old 12-21-2013, 02:38 PM
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Watched dealer do it

My dealer knows I like to do my own work so they let me watch the first oil change. After they lift the they remove the cover under the engine 6 bolts if I remember right. Drain oil. Replace filter mop up the spillage on the tubes that are in the way (actually the longest part). Reinstall the engine shield. Fill it back up with oil. The tech said the biggest **** is taking down the shield which is huge.
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#10 Old 12-21-2013, 04:00 PM
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But, there has to be an easier way to get the filter in and out, attacking it from the bottom, causes you to fight through the maze of hoses and pipes beneath the filter.
That's why I'm thinking a cup type wrench from the top might be better, pretty sure I can get one on the filter from above.
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