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#482 of 740 VOTED THE CAR OF THE YEAR
Dec 12, 2012 (9:16 am)
Ford Escape wins inaugural Car of the Year from Popular Mechanics
Popular Mechanics has unveiled its 2013 Automotive Excellence Awards, and not only is the Ford Escape among its 10 best vehicles, for the first time ever the magazine names a Car of the Year and Escape is editors’ choice for the award. Escape earned the honor for being “an affordable vehicle that excels in multiple auto excellence categories,” for its “excellent engine options, abundance of technology and great price.” Reviewers pointed out that “Escape is freshly minted, with a solid new chassis shared with the European Ford Kuga. The driving experience feels like it’s two full generational leaps ahead of the old Escape.” Read the full report here.
#483 of 740 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change
Dec 14, 2012 (1:43 pm)
I have been working on my cars for a very long time and have been restoring C2 (63-67) Corvettes for about 30 years. In July I bought a 2013 SE 1.6L escape with only the moon roof and Sync options and now have about 3100 miles on the car.
Being old school about oil changes, I decided today to change the oil for the first time since I wanted to use a full synthetic oil and my preferred Baldwin oil filter (B7491).
Changing the oil requires removal of the belly pan which is fastened with Torx screws at the front and rear and two 7mm screws on the sides of the pan. The oil drain plug is on the rear of the oil pan and easy to remove.
The oil filter on the other hand is not! I tried using a metal strap type filter wrench and the filter would not budge. There is not much room to get the wrench on the filter and virtually no room to swing the wrench once it is on the filter.
Although I didn't want to do it, I punched a hole on the filter to drain it and make an opening to insert a long screwdriver to try to move the filter. A 12 inch long screwdriver would not budge the filter. I finally got out a 16 inch pry bar and after punching another hole to get more room to swing the tool I finally got the filter to move a bit.
All-in-all it took me over two hours to remove the oil filter and then clean up the oil that drains on all the hoses and pipes that are in the way.
Unless you have a whole lot of patience I think I would let the dealer do the first oil change and wrestle with the factory gorilla installed oil filter.
I have been reading the problems that others are having with the Escape and other than the clock going off time every so often I am glad to say I have had none of them. My around town gas mileage has consistently been in the 24-25 range and on a 500+ mile trip with the A/C on I was getting almost 32 on I-95 running a steady 70 mph.
I have an el cheapo cell phone and it won't download the phone book but I really don't use it for anything but long distance and emergency calls anyway.
Being used to my '66 Corvette and Mustang GT I was expecting the performance of the 1.6 Ecoboost to be lacking but it performs quite adequately. So far so good!
#484 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [milano327]
Dec 14, 2012 (3:54 pm)
I knew it was not all doom and gloom out there with the 1.6 Escape.
The Fix is now in the Dealers hands.
Just came back from my dealer, service manager said they will try to get to my car today to do the fix on the recall
still got 3 hours left to go. I have yet to put 1 mile driving in my new Escape.
Myself, the salesman, and the service mananger spoke at length about the fix, and I am sure that FORD has taken care of the problem.
Will there be another problem ? I dont care FORD will fix it.
Taking it 1 mile down the street is not a problem for me.
I believe its not the end of the world that my Escape that has not seen my garage yet,
After a 7 week wait to have it delivered and a 2 week wait to have a fix because of the recall.
Its all good.
Tri Coat White SEL
Light Stone Leather
#485 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [milano327]
Dec 14, 2012 (6:52 pm)
You are right on the mark. The oil filter was way too tight on my 2.0. I got it off but I was really pissed. From what I've heard, the position of the oil filter on the 2.0 is better than the 1.6 so I feel for you.
#486 of 740 Re: 2013 Ford Escape AWD titanium after 2850 miles. [foxdared]
Dec 15, 2012 (3:38 am)
I live in a state that does not require labelling gas pumps (ie E10). Depending on where you live you may be hard pressed to find a station with "pure" gas. Do not assume that if there's no label on the pump then the fuel is not E10.
Here's my source http://www.fuel-testers.com/state_guide_ethanol_laws.html
#487 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [milano327]
Dec 15, 2012 (7:28 am)
Then I suggest spending $10 and getting one of these:
#488 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [robr2]
Dec 15, 2012 (10:09 am)
I have several of those type of cap wrenches and none will fit the smaller FL-910-S or Baldwin filter. I also have a Snap-On three arm gripper type oil filter wrench that tightens the grippers as you turn the ratchet but it will not fit into the tight space either.
As tight as the filter is against the electric fan shroud I am not sure if even a small 3/8" drive ratchet will fit in the space. Plus, with all the other stuff in the way getting enough swing on any type of wrench is going to be difficult.
After working on it for as long as I did yesterday I was in no mood to go looking for a cap type wrench. It is done for a few months and the next time I go to the auto parts store I will look for one that will fit these filters.
#489 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [milano327]
Dec 15, 2012 (5:46 pm)
I am mostly on the old Corvette forums where technical items predominate, hardly any mention of gas mileage or electronic gizmos.
For those that may be interested the cap type filter wrench for the Motorcraft FL-910-S is 76 mm with 14 flutes. Advance Auto has them for about $6. I still don't know if they will fit into the limited space available with a wrench to operate them but I will try later.
Unfortunately the Baldwin filters are different; they are 75mm and have 15 flutes. I managed to find a 75mm/15 flute cap wrench at Autozone that seems to fit the Baldwin but space is still an issue.
Why do I use Baldwin filters? Several years ago fellow went out and bought every brand of filter he could get locally and cut them apart to inspect the construction and materials. His results are at the below link. Interesting reading.
Make sure you look at the Overview tab.
#490 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [milano327]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 15, 2012 (6:09 pm)
Unless you have access to how the filter material was produced you may as well be cutting the cardboard box in half. That media information is proprietary and highly guarded at the paper mill (assuming you're looking at paper media).
Looks like the same company that owns Baldwin makes Purolators too btw.
#491 of 740 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [steve_]
Dec 17, 2012 (6:25 am)
I re-read the study again and could find no reference to the technical aspects of the filter media other than the mention of which type of media the manufacturer is incorporating in their products.
Baldwin is owned by Clarcor while Purolator is a joint venture between Bosch and Mann+Hummel both German companies. There is no connection I can find between the two parent companies.
I am not suggesting that owners use Baldwin filters or any other filter on the market. I was introduced to them via the machine shop I use since they do a lot of machine work and re-builds of Marine, Stationary, over the road and off road diesel engines and hydraulic systems.
The value of the filter study to me is pointing out some of the highly advertised and popular filters are not up to their advertising hype and some "premium" filters are not worth the extra price.
But, to each his own after all it is their nickel.