Oh yeah, read oil change threads for tips on how to avoid draining oil all over everything from the sideways plug, and the vertical filter. It can be a real mess the first time you do it.
The "new" Ranger is similar. What was Ford thinking?In my V6 Tacomas, the oil filter was best removed via locking the front wheels all the way to one side and pushing aside the rubber skirt in the wheel well to reach the filter. There was wiring and hoses and lines in such a way that you could not get the filter out through the top. Also a contortionist move to get it out through the bottom.....
You might want to get the inner fender liners that Ford makes, but won't install as standard equipment, yes it is a schitty design.Did the oil change, not bad. I am trying to remember which vehicle was that where the filter was both difficult to access and drain a bunch of oil when unscrewed. May have been the Honda Odyssey. The Transit is fine: at least everything is accessible and does not splash on the underbody parts. Will do again
Hint: wear dishwashing gloves when changing oil (this stuff is not healthy on your skin).
On another note, the build looks pretty crazy to me. A plastic oil filler, WTF? You look under and there are all these exposed connectors and wires. What's gonna happen after one winter of driving in the salt and ice and snow? There's not a single piece of splash guard of any kind on the underbody (look at the Subaru, they painstakingly protect every angle from road debris!).
I feel like these vans built as cheaply as possible and basically to just last the lease period and be thrown out. I think it may be a good idea to get rid of it before warranty runs out.
The more I learn about Ford, the more I'm seeing they prioritize design flaws within their products. That new 10 spd transmission, for example ?Well, it might have been a request by companies that sell and service Ford vehicles (aka dealerships). I'll bet there is a "trick" that once known everyone will slap their head and say "of course!"
I live in West Texas (hot, dusty conditions, that changes rapidly to cold dusty conditions.) I drive throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado.Maybe I read the wrong posts, because I still made a royal mess. Ford gets the prize for making this the most messy process. Probably worth paying someone else to do it (just bring your own oil). Even punching a hole in the filter doesn’t seem to drain all the oil lurking above the filter. A Fumoto drain valve would reduce the mess, but given the orientation of the drain hole, I would think it PREVENTS complete draining. It would be interesting to know how much actually doesn’t drain (with and without a Fumoto).
**** PERSONALLY, I will not use Pennzoil Platinum (again). Not even Ultra Platinum. Both start out thinner than most, thinner than what they claim, and shears down to be even thinner. After a 6000 mile interval, I had my used oil tested. My viscosity was down to mid-to-low 5w20 (Pennzoil starts out at the bottom of the 5w30 range, barely, and it thinned down considerably over that 6000 miles). It didn’t fare all that well on remaining “additive base,” nor other measurements either. That said, I don’t think Motorcraft Semi-syn is much, if any, better., though it is thicker. You can alarm the sh*t out of yourself reading various Ecoboost horror stories (intake valve carbon build-up, fuel dilution, intercooler issues). I still like (want) the Ecoboost, but I am still searching for the ultimate (affordable/ widely-available) oil. Some people suggest going out-of-spec: either thicker (like 0w40 Euro, or maybe a diesel-oriented oil).
A well-respected oil guru is helping me. I’m not supposed to discuss my results (I.e. non-disclosure) but let’s just say, most “household-brand” oils are not his favorites...for my situation... I live in Texas, not Canada, hence my concern with low viscosity. You can google him: Terry Dyson, or dysonanalysis.com. If you employ him, his advice to you might differ from his advice to me. He has some first-hand experience with Ford EcoBoost design & engineering.
Bottom-line: I am going to err on the expensive side of oils to keep my fussy EcoBoost clean as a whistle. Im talking beyond Mobil 1 AP, or Royal Purple, or Castrol Edge. I’m also going to pay more attention to the quality of gas I use. Cheap insurance, maybe.
EDIT: deleting some opinions
Terry never commented on a spec called “HTHS” (high temperature, high stress), but MY HUNCH it’s where so many common 5w30 oils fall flat. I shoot for an HTHS of 3.5; most USA 5w30 oils are around 2.9. Again, my OPINION, not his advice.
If you have a turbo, be cautious; this oil business is more confusing than it should be...partially because of well-meaning government regulations or industry reactions to those regulations (improved fuel economy, direct-injected motors, longer drain intervals, and turbo-charged 4-cyl and v6’s, instead of v8’s, etc). That said, I’m all for less pollution and fuel consumption (jealous of Mercedes fuel economy).
There endeth the sermon.