Honestly, if you're going to run it up on ramps pre servicing it. I would just take it off for the dealer visit and put it back on when you get it home. That way you can also give it a once over and possibly wipe things down that the dealer didn't, oil spills type of thing. Also, so you don't have to worry about them stripping out those cheap plastic pieces that can very easily be over tightened and then junk.I have followed this thread all the way through and would like to know if the 2014 Escape has the same problem. Mine has about 7500 km on it now and they said it will be due for an oil change at 8000 . Will a light actually come on my dash indicating that it is time for oil change ?
After reading all this I am going to run mine up on ramps and thoroughly inspect that area before I take it in and immediately after when I get back home with it .