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post #101 of 145 Old 09-22-2015, 09:17 PM
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That does not sound easy at all.. why do they insist on putting this plastic crap all over everything now... does it actually serve a purpose?
You'd be amazed at how clean it keeps the lower side of the engine.

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post #102 of 145 Old 09-23-2015, 10:54 AM
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You'd be amazed at how clean it keeps the lower side of the engine.
hmm I guess if it does keep the salt and **** off the engine then it probably is worth it. I've always done all my own service and they keep making vehicles more and more difficult to work on. My wifes 2012 fusion I had to take the freakin wheel well liner off to change a bulb and it is held on with about 15 push pins. They probably have a proper tool for those that would make the job easier.. should probably get one lol.
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I have to take the front bumper cover off my wife's 2012 to replace the horn. I think it was behind a wheel well liner on my '97 Passat. Working on cars sure is a lot more time-consuming than my '72 Scamp.

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I've always changed oil myself around 3,000 miles or 6 months since I don't put a lot of miles on. Purolator Pure 1 Filters. Use name brand synthetics, Pennzoil, Mobile 1 Exp, or Valvoline Synthetic. My Dodge Caravan had head gaskets and timing chain replaced at 125k (13 years old) and my mechanic was shocked how clean the inside of the engine was. He said I'm good for another 100k. I have no problem changing oil often and recycling for piece of mind. None of my cars burn oil and the oldest is 15. Hoping my Escape does as well. This is my first Ford. I get my first oil change free but after reading this forum I may just skip it and do it myself. Quite a few dealerships use less trained mechanics for oil changes. They don't understand the concept of "tight is tight and too tight is broke". I'm concerned about drain valves on aftermarket filters so I think I'll stick with Motorcraft. They seem pretty heavy and well made compared to some of the other aftermarket filters.
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Did my own first change this weekend as the quicklane I have free ones at is near impossible to get scheduled with.

Pretty easy, just wish it has about 0.5" more clearance in the front. I am a skinny dude and my chest barely could squeeze under to reach the rear Torx on the skid plate. Crazy that my 2000 Outback sedan has more clearance than this from the front.

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I also change the oil + oil filter (among other items) but I did not like unscrewing all the bolts/screws on the lower engine fascia cover plus it is a little bit of a pain to re-install it without help. So, to alleviate that scenario I cut out panels in the fascia under the oil filter & oil drain plug. When the change was completed, I merely re-installed the 2 panels and taped them in place with Gorilla Tape. After about 3,000 the tape is still holding the panels with no problem.
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There's a company in Taiwan selling plastic under engine shield with access holes for filter
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There's a company in Taiwan selling plastic under engine shield with access holes for filter
It is on Alliexpress and I own one. It is really nicely made out of Heavy duty ABS plastic with 3 access doors for all of your oil and transmission drain plug and filter changes. The doors are easily removed and close securely with reassuring click.
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Here is a link to the ABS Plastic engine guard. It is really nice and the only thing I did different was to replace the included washers with bigger fender washers. On the freeway my Ford Escape Titanium 4WD even seems to be a bit quieter too since I installed the A-T Plastic engine guard


http://www.aliexpress.com/item/A-T-c...4-71718761fe0e




Plus they have red plastic threaded inserts too for attaching your Engine guard if yours were damaged by the over zealous mechanics with the air tools..




http://www.aliexpress.com/item/10pcs...4-71718761fe0e

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I would also recommend changing the oil drain plug to a magnetic version. I changed mine in both my 2015 FE and 2015 Expedition. I have not changed the oil in the FE since changing the plug - but in my Expedition with 3.5L Ecoboost the magnetic plug had a fair amount of metal particles on it. I used: Gold Plug Magnetic Drain Plug AP-04 (#AP04) for both vehicles. Gold Plug LLC ? Magnetic Drain Plugs
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