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How to Perform Engine Oil Change 97-04 Ford F-150

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  1. step : Removing the Oil Filter (1:50)
    • Remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench
    • Clean the area with a rag
  2. step : Installing the Oil Filter (3:21)
    • Place a layer of oil around the rim of the oil filter
    • Twist the oil filter into place
  3. step : Draining the Oil (4:07)
    • Raise the vehicle on jack stands
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Remove the bolt from the drain with a 5/8" wrench
    • Let the oil drain
    • Twist on the drain bolt
    • Tighten the bolt with a wrench
  4. step : Servicing the Oil (5:58)
    • Remove the oil cap
    • Place a funnel into the oil fill
    • Replace the oil to the recommended amount
    • Replace the oil cap
    • Start the vehicle
    • Let the engine run for a few seconds
    • Turn the vehicle off
    • Check the oil level with the dipstick

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Hi, so we're going to go ahead and do an oil change here. This next step is not mandatory but it is a recommendation. I usually start by just removing the oil dipstick. I'm going to go ahead and clean this and just set it on top here. This is a good reminder that it's the first thing out, last thing in. It's a reminder that the engine does not have oil in it, so you don't want to start it. Sometimes you just get busy and we forget what we're doing and we'll drain out the oil and next thing you know you start it and you've ruined your engine. So good start.

Now we're going to do an oil change here and normally the oil filter is located right up in this location here. This vehicle currently has an oil filter relocation kit installed. It's a little complicated to get to that filter in the back there, but what you're going to want to do is use one of these two units. Usually a band style or this cap style, and what you do is you're going to fit it on to there, you can go ahead and loosen that filter that way there. Usually I find that this one here is better on this design.

You can come in through the driver's side wheel well but in this case here the filter is located right up underneath the front of the bumper, so let's go ahead and take a look at that. So in doing your oil change, first thing you have to remove the filter or drain the engine oil. You can do either one first, it really doesn't matter. This time here we're going to go ahead and start to remove this filter. If you can't get in by hand, you can use one of these band clamp style clamps, get that right onto that filter. Actually we're going to spin that around there. And go ahead and spin that counterclockwise, remember counter clockwise, lefty loosey.

Okay, now you get that spinning loose. Reach on up and make sure you have a catch can or drain can ready to go. An oil filter can hold upwards of a full quart of oil so once you start unscrewing it, it is going to start to drain. All right, so right here is where the oil filter was removed from. We just want to use a rag or a paper towel or something, we went to clean it off, make sure that there isn't anything up there. The other thing is on your replacement filter, you can see right here there's a seal. Make sure that the seal from the original oil filter is still not stuck on that, so if it is just pop it off and then you're ready for the replacement.

I'll apply just a little bit of oil like so, and use your finger and just lubricate that seal. It's going to help it spin on and seal better once you get that put together. Want to go ahead and spin this on. Usually good hand-tight. If you don't feel comfortable with that you can always go ahead you use the cap unit and your ratchet. Just snug it up. Doesn't have to be on there super tight, it just needs to stay on there and seal.

Alright, so if you're trying to locate your oil pan, good way to locate that is it is right behind the front axle and just in front of your transmission oil pan. So you're going to find the oil pan right here for your engine. Alright. Here is your drain bowl, so we're going to go ahead and use a 5/8 wrench. I'm going to go ahead, and it is lefty loosey, so we're going to go ahead and pull that up here. Let that drain out into our catch can.

While that's draining, I could do an inspection of that drain plug. I like to check the threads on it and make sure that there's no stripping or anything that's flattened out. Double check the head of this here to make sure it's in good condition. Then once this oil is drained out, I'll do an inspection on the threads of that drain plug. So do a visual inspection. I can actually see that the threads inside the oil pan are still in good condition. You just never know. Sometimes if you happen to have a pan that's buggered up or if the bolt was overtightened at one time or another, might start to tear those threads out. Everything looks good so far, so let's let this finish draining and then we'll go ahead and instill the bolt.

All right so we're going to go ahead and install that drain plug right here. Now this particular drain bolt did not have a gasket with it, does not require it. Your vehicle may have a drain pan gasket. If it does then it's best that you replace at the time of your oil service.

Now this here, I want to snug it up. Be sure not to over tighten. Give it a good cleaning. Alright so underneath the hood we're going to locate the oil fill cap on the passenger side of this valve cover area. So I'm going to go ahead and loosen that. Before you put your funnel in, make sure that it's clean. You don't want to push any type of debris down there from that funnel sitting around the shop. Set that in, go ahead and start adding oil.

Now the 1998 4.6-liter does require the 530 weight oil. Alright so putting in our six quart of oil right now. 6.7 I believe is the manufacture recommendation on this motor. What we're going to do is we're going to start with six, we're going to go ahead and start the engine. We'll let that cycle through the filter, we're going to check the level and then add as necessary. So I'm going to remove that funnel, replace the engine oil fill cap.

Don't forget to replace for engine oil dipstick before you start that engine. Just set it in. Alright so now, after we've had that engine running we'll go ahead and remove the dipstick. We're going to give it a quick wipe and we have to reinsert it to get a proper reading. I'm just going to pop it back in the tube right there. I'm just going to let it set for a second. Pull it back out. So you can see this here, the oil level's actually right between the min and the max. It is sufficient where it's at, but we're going to go ahead and add about another half a quart of oil just to top that off. Alright, so we're just going to go ahead and spin off that oil fill cap. Now as I mentioned before factory recommendation for the quantity of oil is 6.7 quarts. We put in six. And when you've seen where the oil level was so we're simply going to add approximately that .7 of oil out of this quart.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Funnel
  • Drain Pan

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Gloves
  • Cloth Rags

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Oil Filter Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - SAE

  • 5/8 Inch Socket

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