Learning how to change oil for a 2008 Ford Fusion can save you time and money. In tough economic times, every cent saved counts. It's surprising how quickly people dismiss the idea of doing painless automotive maintenance like changing their own oil simply because they think it's too complicated when the truth is they could be saving hundreds of dollars per year in costly automotive maintenance. You can follow these easy steps for how to change oil in a 2008 Ford Fusion.
To change the oil in your 2008 Ford Fusion, you will need:
- Hydraulic jack
- Jack stands
- Wrench set
- Oil drain pan
- Oil filter wrench
- Oil filter
- Vehicle service manual or owner's manual
- Six quarts of fresh oil
- Drive your Fusion for at least five minutes prior to changing the oil. The engine needs to be warm so that the oil is more viscous.
- Ensure that your 2008 Fusion is on level ground. Raise the vehicle using a hydraulic jack and place two jack stands at the jack points on the sides.
- Slide up under the vehicle and locate the oil drain plug. This is easy to identify because it's at the base of the vehicle oil pan, which is large and shaped like a square. Position the drain pan up under the drain plug.
- Remove the drain plug with a wrench. Watch out for splatter and quickly adjust the oil drain pan if any oil is spilling on the floor. Oil is really hard to clean up.
- Locate the old oil filter once the oil has finished draining. Use a flashlight to help you find it. Twist it off using an oil filter wrench if it is too tight. Keep it upright after you remove the oil filter since it is also full of oil that can spill everywhere.
- Dip the tip of your finger in the new oil and spread it along the new filters O-ring. This conditions the seal and helps prevent oil leaks. Screw on the new filter, ensuring that you line up the threads properly. Never force the oil filter on. If it is not screwing on smoothly, take it off and retry.
- Screw the oil drain plug back in. Don't over-tighten this or it can damage the oil pan and lead to future leaks.
- Add fresh oil into the vehicle. Ensure that you are using the correct oil and you don't underfill or overfill the tank. Refer to your owner's manual or Ford Fusion service manual for capacity and recommended oil type. Note that this is different for the four cylinder engine and the six cylinder engine.
- Return the vehicle to level ground and start the engine. Check underneath the car to make sure there is no oil dripping. Monitor the oil pressure gauge inside the car. Switch the engine off and check the engine oil level under the hood. Add more oil if the oil is below the fill line.
Always ensure your Ford Fusion is on level ground when you jack it up. Make sure that the emergency break is on and that it is in "Park."