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First Oil change 2012 XLT Explorer

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2017 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by jreask, January 29, 2012.

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    1. jreask

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      I just changed the oil for the first time in the 2012 Explorer. It has nearly 1000 miles on the odometer and I always do the first change around 1000 miles. I am using Mobil 1 5W-20 Full Synthetic with a Motorcraft fl500S filter. This had to be the EASIEST oil change I have ever done on any vehicle. The engineers made it super easy and very clean. The oil filter is under a plastic "plate" that is some sort of cooling component. It really looks like a plastic skid plate but I saw the instructions saying to replace the shield to maintain proper cooling levels? Anyway, after turning just three thumb screws to remove the shield, the filter is staring you right in the face. How nice is that? Remove the filter and no oil goes anywhere on the engine components, it only flows straight down into the drain container. The oil screw/plug is easy to access also. I think the job could be done in about ten minutes next time now that I know where everything is. Kudos to the FORD engineers on this one. Here are some pics, sorry for the poor quality as I was on my back with an Iphone.

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      Cool dyi. Thanks for the pics.
       
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      Is that the oil pan itself in the last picture? Why does it look like it was on fire?!?
       
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      As someone who likes to change his own oil as well, glad to see the pics and placement of the filter!
       
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      Just curious as to how you keep a record of your own oil changes for warranty purposes. Do you keep the receipts?
      For $39.95 I prefer to let the dealer do it plus I get a free vehicle wash and coffee as well.
      Welcome to the Forum DamonH.:wavey:

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      It looks like the inner fender liner to me.
       
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      The free wash is part of the $39.95 package? At my dealership we have "The Works" for about $29.95 I think and it's just the oil change, tire rotation and inspection.

      @Dan Whitaker - Nice pics for DIY. In my older cars that are out of warranty, I always do my own oil changes but since this is a new car. I let Ford do it that way if something goes wrong, it's all on record. I also like the Owner.Ford website where it automatically adds the service history to keep track of everything.
       
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      No, they wash and dry the vehicle with every service appointment. Also the price I quoted is at a Canadian dealership where, it seems, we always pay more for some services/parts.
      I also like to have the dealership do it for that reason and they stamp the Maintenance Log in the Owner's Guide.
       
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      Excel spreadsheet plus scanned copies of the receipts for oil and filter. Simple.
       
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      It's a picture of the plastic snorkel for the oil cooler on vehicles equipped with tow package. Picture #1 shows the oil pan.
       
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      My daughter had a Cavalier and that thing was a bitch to change the oil filter, at the back high up, the filter was sideways so when the filter was removed it would spill oil all over the exhaust. I am sure it was engineered to be difficult so you would take it to the dealer. Her Mazda 3 is easy, up front, straight up, only time consuming was the lower plastic engine cover which needed removing to get to the filter or could cut a hole in the cover where the filter was located.
       
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      Ah ok- it looked like a drain plug in the last pic.
       
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      Why after 1000?

      Why did you change oil after 1000M? IMHO you waste your time and money. Lets start use oil life monitor. That was my 5 cents :)
       
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      Picture number 3 is actually the oil pan. I wondered myself if that was cracked but it looks like some kind of pot metal or aluminum. I usually change the oil after the first 1000 miles just in case there are any metal debris inside the crankcase. It's probably not necessary but I feel better. You can't get Mobil 1 full synthetic changed for $30. Not around here. The oil and filter cost about $40. I am a do it your selfer and enjoy maintaining my own vehicles. There are plenty of ways to document self oil changes. I work six days a week and just don't have the time to sit around at the dealer waiting for service. I guess everyone feels differently about this.

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      I keep receipts and notes of when I do any work, and use Motorcraft parts. I traded in my '06 F150, and did all the maintenance myself. The warranty issue never really came into play, because my truck never had to go in for any work. I'm hoping my Explorer will be as reliable! I've always heard they will deny warranty claims if you can't prove you did the maintenance, and if my dealer said my receipts and word wasn't good enough, I would let them know I won't be back for service or to buy any future vehicles. Probably doesn't mean much these days, but it is what it is.

      I've always just liked to change it myself. I could do it faster then the time it takes to just drive up to the dealer, much less have it done and drive back. It also lets me poke around for any other potential problems while I'm underneath. My dealer is giving me first and fifth oil changes for free (fifth only if I do the 2nd-4th with them). I'll at least let them do the first, we'll see about the rest. :)

      Thanks! I intend to be around a while, hopefully providing some useful input as well.
       
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      He just bought a $40k vehicle... I can't imagine the cost of 5 quarts of oil and a filter is gonna matter. ;)
       
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      Six quarts with the 3.5 L.
       
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      OK.
      But I'm with you ... an early oil change (or more frequent than recommended over the life of the engine) is CHEAP insurance against premature failure!
       
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      Come to think of it, this is the most expensive vehicle I have ever owned.
      Cheap insurance is correct. Plus I get to poke around down there and check out
      Drivetrain components etc
       
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      Thanks for the great pictures, jreask! :D I’m glad your oil change was so effortless.

      I agree with you guys that it’s very important to keep thorough records when you have an oil change done.

      Welcome to the site, Damon; I’m sure you’ll like the community. :D

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      HI Cory, Could you take a close look at the oil pan pic that I posted? It almost looks like the metal might fail prematurely. Let me know what you think. I have never seen a pan look alligatored like that.

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      Joe,

      Most exposed metals are meant to allow a certain amount/depth of corrosion. This is likely the surface finish responding to the elements as it’s designed. If you’re concerned, I recommend showing the dealer. :)

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      Looked under mine and the filter was in plain view. No cover concealing it at all. Haven't had an oil change yet, so it wasn't left off.
       
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      ^ Maybe it fell off on its own, or is sitting in a parts bin at the factory...
       
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      I think the cover is only on vehicles with towing package? It protects the oil cooler lines I assume.
       

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