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Where is the oil filter located? How easy is it to change one's self? On my current car it is on the back of the engine under the exhaust manifold which is hard to get to.
 

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Front of the engine

Very easy to access. only radiator hose to contend with, and the oil doesn't hit it when draining.
 

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The oil filter is located on the very front of the engine. A couple of coolant hoses right next to the filter will be a bit of a bother, but it doesn't look like it will be too bad
 

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I was under my Fiesta when it was on ramps and was able to reach up and grab the oil filter with no problem. The hoses next to it are for the oil cooler. Now I'm curious why it has an oil cooler...
 

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I am going out on a limb here....

I was under my Fiesta when it was on ramps and was able to reach up and grab the oil filter with no problem. The hoses next to it are for the oil cooler. Now I'm curious why it has an oil cooler...
To cool the oil?

It may be part of the performance engineering to help fuel economy, reduce the size of the radiator, hence less water to pump through it all the time engine working not quite as hard?
 

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The "cooler" is probably more correctly called a heat exchanger. It will warm cool oil in winter and cool hot oil in summer.
 

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What type of oil filter wrench works best when removing the oil filter?
This is a great question. My 97 Escort has metric and imperial nuts and bolts in different parts. Annoying to try and remember which bit needs which tool kit. I hope Ford standardized it... I bet not since the some pieces are built in other places.
 

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On a related note, what tools are needed to drain the oil (e.g. what size socket -- the metric / US issue might cause someone to put a slightly too large one on and eventually round off a drain bolt)?
 

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On a related note, what tools are needed to drain the oil (e.g. what size socket -- the metric / US issue might cause someone to put a slightly too large one on and eventually round off a drain bolt)?
I was under the impression the auto Industry was all metric,of course here in Canada that's to be expected,right?:)
 

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On a related note, what tools are needed to drain the oil (e.g. what size socket -- the metric / US issue might cause someone to put a slightly too large one on and eventually round off a drain bolt)?
I'll get back to you on that one tonight when I get home. Just did mine the other weekend and I probably still have all the tools in my travel bag. I believe the drain plug was a standard (not metric) size.

Overall - oil change on the Fiesta is a snap. Easiest car I've done an oil change on.
 

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Hmmmm, I used a metric wrench on my drain plug. I'm only guessing, but I think it was 12 or 13 mm. It was much smaller than most drain plugs. That I do remember.
 

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Which socket, which socket, which socket? Never the one in hand!

The drain plug on my 97 Escort is a metric size (while some other things have been imperial sizes)... a 14 I think? I haven't looked at the Fiesta. It'd be nice if it was all metric or all imperial!
 

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Looking forward to that first change myself...

...I'd bet that the nuts and bolts are metric, this being a "world car" and Alan's insistence of standardization.

There's often just a smidgeon of difference in size btw'n metric and SAE, but if you go with the wrong one, you'll likely strip the heads sooner. Try the metric here first...and always use a fresh set of high quality tools that don't 'rub' themselves into a larger size!
 

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The drain plug bolt was 13mm, the line next to the filter that got in the way (or at least one of them) was for the dipstick. I had a hard time getting a good enough grip on the filter with my hand to turn it and had to use a strap wrench, which still took some time because of the dipstick line. I have since bought an oil filter end cap socket at Harbor Frieght for $4.99 (was on sale)

4 Piece End Cap Oil Filter Wrenches

I think the second smallest is the one that fit. Just be careful not to overtighten.
 

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<snip>I had a hard time getting a good enough grip on the filter with my hand to turn it</snip>
That was my experience as well. I second the recommendation for the oil filter wrench, removing the oil filter can become a big debacle quickly - I as well had difficulty grabbing on to the oil filter to remove it.
 

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I've always found my oil filter pliers to work well on any engine. Has anyone used a fluid extractor? My last car had a topside filter and worked well with the extractor; I never had to lay down or worry about the drain plug/gasket.
 

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Mixed opinions on extractors...

...I'm against them, I think gravity pulls the oil and the yuck from the bottom of the pan out the drain plug most efficiently and thoroughly, getting more used oil out. Others say that the yuck is held in suspension and sucked out..but, there's got to be more dirty oil left at the bottom of the pan using a vacuum rather than gravity. I'm pretty OCD about oil and fluids in gen'l (and have installed a lift to accomplish this), so for me it's gravity..and I understand changing the oil 'the old fashioned way' on the Fiesta is a breeze, so why use something that has mixed reviews?
 

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I've always found my oil filter pliers to work well on any engine. Has anyone used a fluid extractor? My last car had a topside filter and worked well with the extractor; I never had to lay down or worry about the drain plug/gasket.
It depends on the car. A previous car that I had used a top mounted cartridge oil filter. Using an oil extractor worked well to suck the old oil out of the pan plus another half a quart of old oil from below where the oil filter cartridge is mounted -- i.e. it removed more oil than just draining would have.

Of course, if you want to be extra sure to flush out whatever it sitting in the bottom of the pan, you could drain it from the bottom, then use the extractor in the oil filter housing to get the last half quart out. But that would be more of a hassle, since that car had both top and bottom engine covers to remove.

But on the Fiesta, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't just drain the oil, since you have to use ramps or jack stands to lift the car to replace the filter anyway.

Question: would an oil drain valve work properly on the Fiesta, or would it be too vulnerable to being knocked off by road debris?

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...I'm against them, I think gravity pulls the oil and the yuck from the bottom of the pan out the drain plug most efficiently and thoroughly, getting more used oil out. Others say that the yuck is held in suspension and sucked out..but, there's got to be more dirty oil left at the bottom of the pan using a vacuum rather than gravity. I'm pretty OCD about oil and fluids in gen'l (and have installed a lift to accomplish this), so for me it's gravity..and I understand changing the oil 'the old fashioned way' on the Fiesta is a breeze, so why use something that has mixed reviews?
I agree with you. My only additional comment would be to run the engine about five minutes prior to draining it. Get it to near operating temp so that all the contaminates are in suspension. Plus hot oil flows much easier than cold.
 
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