If I'm wasting it, it irritates me. As I said there are advantages, but if you do it yourself at 5 to 6 bucks a quart and you need 6 and if your using the oil you might as well use the filter which is another 10 bucks. Install the drain plug sealing o-ring on the oil drain plug. Regular transmission service is necessary to keep your car on the road. No oil disposal, no clean up, no mess.
. Install the new o-ring seal for the housing cover and lubricate it with clean engine oil. Havoline, Quaker State, Penzoil and Mobil1 20 weights are using decent amounts of Moly, I think Castrol may be as well. But on what I've read and experienced, there's no justification for the cost of full synthetic in a 3. You can also check the accessory drive belt for cracks or wear, and steering and suspension components for tightness.
Jack up the front of the Fusion and support it with the jack stands. So why not use it? Remove it again to check the oil, which should be at the full mark. When you are sure that there are no leaks, shut off the engine. Don't use 10w-30 when you need to use 5w-20. I use Mobil 1 5W-20.
Pour in four-and-a-half quarts of 5w-20 motor oil. Loosen the oil drain plug in the middle of the oil filter housing, but don't remove it. I'm a firm believer in full synthetics. Check out our complete line of products. If your Fusion has one, install the oil filter cover and tighten the two screws that hold it in place.
If the transmission fluid level on your Fusion is low, you need to add fluid through the dipstick tube. If it is still low, add enough oil to bring the level to the full mark. It then takes me no more than 5-10 minutes to setup the car on stands and get the oil draining, and an additional 10-15 minutes to complete the filter change and lower the car off the jacks. Motorcraft on the other hand uses about 30-50 ppms of moly, but it is a proven oil in the 5w-20 viscosity. Wipe up any spilled motor oil from the underside of the vehicle. Discard the filter cartridge and the sealing o-ring from the housing cover.
Remove the oil filter housing and filter cartridge inside. As time goes on, heat and pressure from the engine cause the additives to get used up and the oil does not do its job correctly. Apparantly my customer service is better. But, I stress that using the correct viscosity makes a difference with car performance. I agree with workmangc, my time is money and sitting around waiting for an oil change isn't a good use of my time, no matter how much work I can conduct using my cell phone which I hate doing in any type of waiting room. You might may want to change it more often if you drive your vehicle in extreme heat or cold, or if you use it to do a lot of towing.
Open the hood and remove the oil fill cap from the engine. Coat the o-ring with clean engine oil. . Remove the o-ring from the oil drain plug. . I used to change it myself but this works better for me. Jacks and jackstands still take your time to set up, more time spent.
If you can do all that in less time and walk away squeaky clean you are the master of oil changes. Your car's manual provides transmission fluid service requirements. Using the cap-style oil filter wrench, loosen the oil filter housing by one turn. Ford has been developed sophisticated transmissions through years and it is critical that you add the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your owner's manual typically in the back of the manual in a section titled Fluid Capacities. Remove the dipstick and wipe it off. I kept the tradition and the engine has over 230K on it.
Ford recommends you change the oil in your Fusion at least every 7,000 miles. These oils are running between 200 and 400 parts per million ppm of moly, which is a ton of it. Considering the time it takes to drive to a trusted mechanic or my dealer, wait for the change, then the drive back, I easily save an hour by doing it myself, not including the cost of the change itself oil and filter are cheaper if you buy them. I think that it will pay off in the longrun to run full synthetic and change it as often as conventional oils. That makes it 40 to 50 bucks a change plus the time and oil disposal.