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#494 of 730 Re: 2013 Escape 1.6 Ecoboost oil change [famaral]
Dec 18, 2012 (8:51 am)
As mentioned in a prior post I did manage to find cap type filter wrenches but haven't tried to see if they will work as yet. I did see the Youtube videos and it looked like he was using a pair of slip joint pliers to remove the filter. I have a large enough pair to use but I certainly don't see how you could get them in the tight space.
If the filter had not been installed super tight, I could have been successful with the strap type wrench which I did use once I managed to get the filter to move.
The new filter is only on hand tight so maybe next time it will not be such a struggle.
The factory calls for 5W-20 semi-synthetic but I prefer full synthetic especially in a turbo equipped engine. Coking of oil in the turbo after shutdown is discussed extensively on the net. Google is your friend!
There is evidence that full synthetics have less tendency to coke or suffer thermal breakdown during heat soak after shut down.
I am sure Ford tested this extensively and semi-synthetic works fine but for a few bucks more why not use a full synthetic for a little more reliability.
I used Mobil 1. I generally use Valvoline for no particular reason but could not find large jugs of 5W-20 locally and individual quarts cost a lot more than the 5+ quart jugs.
Dec 20, 2012 (4:52 am)
I have to say, I'm sorry for ranting about peoples' fuel economy complaints. It's just that the majority of them are easily explainable (like UFO reports) by drivers, driver style, and driving conditions, rather than real problems with vehicles. But constant complaints about this topic (not saying that there aren't real issues for some, but far too often the car's working fine..) tend to overshadow real hard fact valid problems. Things like rear hatches that don't always latch properly, SYNC / MyFordTouch glitches, leaking roofs, engine fires, etc.
#503 of 730 Re: Issues [usa1fan]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 20, 2012 (5:20 am)
Most of the recent mpg posts have been moved over to the 2013 Ford Escape Gas Mileage discussion.
Even if happen to be getting "normal" gas mileage in your Escape, please pop over there and tell us, even if you don't think it's "postworthy".