To cool the oil?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...
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.What type of oil filter wrench works best when removing the oil filter?
I was under the impression the auto Industry was all metric,of course here in Canada that's to be expected,right?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.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)?
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.<snip>I had a hard time getting a good enough grip on the filter with my hand to turn it</snip>
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.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.
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....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?