2011 Ford Edge Engine Oil Capacity

Want to learn about the oil capacity of your 2011 Ford Edge? Jerry has the info here.
Written by Cassandra Hamilton
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The 2011 Ford Edge is the ideal compact SUV for families and anyone who needs extra space in their vehicle. If you want to learn how to change the oil in your 2011 Ford Edge on your own, the first thing you’ll need to know is its engine oil capacity.
The Ford Edge is a popular choice for consumers looking for a quiet, roomy cabin and loads of safety features. This is an affordable model when purchased new, but it’s even more so when you find it used. The maintenance and repair costs are below average, but you can cut your car expenses even more by learning how to do some basic maintenance on your own. 
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2011 Ford Edge engine oil capacity

Let’s start with the most basic question: what amount of engine oil do you need for a 2011 Ford Edge?
The 2011 Ford Edge has a 3.5-L V6 engine that holds 5.5 quarts (or 5.2 liters) of oil capacity. You always want to use this amount of oil when you’re servicing your engine. It’s easy to confuse the capacity with the displacement, but take extra care to keep these two straight. The 3.5-L listed with the engine is the displacement, not the capacity.
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What kind of oil does a 2011 Ford Edge need?

Now that we know the amount of oil the Edge needs, it’s time to move on to the oil type. There are so many kinds of engine oil types available, but you shouldn’t just grab the nearest five-quart bottle off the shelf. You need SAE 5W-20 full synthetic oil for your 2011 Ford Edge, as recommended by Ford. 
Not sure what those numbers and letters mean? We can break it down. The numbers tell us the oil’s viscosity, or thickness, and the “W” stands for winter. For 5W-20 oil, the code tells us the oil is comparatively thin when cold—this improves engine efficiency with a cold start. The 20 tells us the oil continues to stay thin at 212ºF.  
This is a good choice for oil because it has good cold weather performance, and the low viscosity lessens the wear on your engine.
You must use synthetic oil, not standard motor oil. Switching between the two types of oil will damage your engine. 
  • The manufacturer’s recommendation: Ford recommends Motorcraft SAE 5W-20 synthetic oil.

How often to change the oil on a 2011 Ford Edge

You’ve got the 2011 Ford Edge’s oil capacity and oil type down pat—time to change your oil.
Always check your mileage before you decide to perform an oil change. You don’t want to waste your resources and change your oil before you need to. Ford recommends an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. If you’re not hitting this kind of mileage within six months, you should plan on changing your oil twice a year to keep everything running smoothly.
Five thousand miles is a pretty big distance gap though! You can always regularly check the oil on your own to see when it needs servicing. Any of the following changes to your vehicle and its oil could mean it’s time for some fresh oil:
  • Dark brown or black colors mean your oil is dirty. You want light brown or amber oil. 
  • If it looks like soda, it needs to be changed. 
  • A coarse or gritty texture also means it's time for a change. 
  • Another warning sign is unfamiliar noises coming from the engine.
  • If you smell something strange, especially smells of oil, smoke, or burning, that’s a sign. 
  • If your car’s performance changes.
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How to change your oil and oil filter

Have you noticed any of these signs? Let’s go over the method for an oil change. Gather up the car tools and supplies including a socket wrench, a drain pan, a filter wrench, a replacement filter and five quarts of top-quality 5W-20 engine oil.
Turn on the engine and let it run to heat up to its regular running temperature—usually five minutes or so. Turn the engine off once it reaches the desired temperature and pop the hood, then follow these steps: 
  • Take off the oil fill cap
  • Get beneath the engine and take off the oil drain bolt and washer, ready to catch the oil with your drain pan 
  • Take out the old oil filter while the oil finishes draining 
  • Replace it with the new filter
  • Put the oil drain bolt back on with a new washer and tighten it to 29 lb-ft
  • Pour the proper amount of new oil into the engine and replace the fill cap 
Use your dipstick to make sure you’ve reached the oil capacity. After changing your oil, it’s a good idea to turn on your car and let your engine run for about 30 seconds before you check the oil level. This will give you a more accurate measurement, and you’ll be able to top it off if necessary.
Once you’re finished, you should run your engine for a little while to see if you spot any leaks. You’ll know you’ve completed the oil change successfully if
your car's oil pressure light
turns off.
Finally, it’s time to clean up. Dumping the dirty oil on the ground or putting it into your garbage can is a no-no (insert finger wag). You’ll need to place it in a sealed container and drop it off at a recycling center.

Don’t forget regular insurance policy maintenance

You’re getting to be a maintenance expert now that you know your 2011 Ford Edge’s oil capacity. Taking care of basic maintenance at home will save you on the cost of an oil change, plus the time an oil change takes at the mechanic. 
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