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Old 11-21-2009, 15:11   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Change Help

Sorry to ask this question, I feel like such a newb, but I am new to this forum and I have never changed the oil in my moms explorer.

My mom has a 2002 Ford Explorer V8 with 4-wheel drive. It is almost time, well actually it is time for an oil change. I am in my schools auto-tech class and have become a self proclaimed master at changing oil. My mom is willing to let me start working on her car, and mine, starting off with the little things first, like oil changes.

My question is: what tools do you need specifically to change the oil on her explorer? (ie. the drain plug socket size, and anything specific to her car)

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Old 11-21-2009, 15:51   #2 (permalink)
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Most of the drain plugs are 13mm. The oil filter is removed as most other cars.

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Thank you very much, I am excited to start working on the family cars :)
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I'd suggest you get a Haynes or Chilton manual for any vehicle you work on to learn how it's done.
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My question is: what tools do you need specifically to change the oil on her explorer? (ie. the drain plug socket size, and anything specific to her car)
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A 13mm should work as mentioned. Otherwise, make sure you have a pan that can hold at least two gallons to catch the old oil unless you plan to use the school's shop and equipment. I find it best to change the oil 10-20 minutes after the vehicle has been turned off. This way, it won't burn your hands as bad (if at all) and the oil is still warm enough to flow out quickly.

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...well actually it is time for an oil change. I have become a self proclaimed master at changing oil. My mom is willing to let me start working on her car, and mine, starting off with the little things first, like oil changes.
Just make sure when you change your oil, make sure it's done in the back seat and, most importantly, make sure mom doesn't find out what oil you're really changing. At least it can be a good cover up. Worked well for me in HS!
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Certainly is a great place to start! Progression is the rule....as you become more confident in your abilities you can graduate to changing the trans fluid (get the manual for that one though as mentioned above there's a trick to that one), differential fluids, transfer case fluid, etc. Maybe start a simple little cheat inspection sheet for your mom's Explorer of things you have checked IE: tire pressure, fluid levels, lighting,
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