2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost Engine Oil Capacity

Find out your 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost engine oil capacity here—plus what engine oil you need to use.
Written by Melanie Krieps Mergen
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
Owners of the 2012
Ford Edge
equipped with an EcoBoost engine have enjoyed a combination of solid performance, reliability, and efficiency. But to keep that EcoBoost engine lasting longer, you’ll want to know its oil capacity. 
Staying up to date with routine car maintenance is one of the most important ways to help your vehicle last longer—with oil changes being one of the most important recurring tasks. Taking care of oil changes at home can save you a pretty penny, but to do it properly, you’ll need to know what kind of engine oil your vehicle needs and its oil capacity.
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2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost engine oil capacity

Your vehicle’s engine oil capacity will depend on what kind of engine it has, which can vary—even on vehicles within the same make and model year, which is also the case for the 2012 Ford Edge. 
If you’re not sure what kind of engine your 2012 Ford Edge engine has, there are several ways you can find out, like checking your registration, purchase papers, or the specifications on the engine itself. You might also find it in the specifications on the label inside your driver’s side door jamb.
The 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost engine is a 2.0L engine—so that makes the oil capacity pretty obvious, right?
Not exactly.
Don’t be deceived by the “2 liters” here and mistake it for your oil capacity, or you might end up short on oil! This number actually refers to your engine displacement, which is the total volume of your engine’s cylinders.
The 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost engine has an oil capacity of 5.7 quarts or 5.4 liters

What kind of oil does a 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost engine need?

If you’re going to change the oil on your 2012 Ford Edge yourself, you need to know what to use. Using the wrong engine oil could end up causing serious damage to your engine.
The 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost 2.0L EcoBoost engine requires SAE 5W-30 premium synthetic blend engine oil. The “5” here refers to the oil’s viscosity (thickness) at colder temperatures, while the “30” refers to its viscosity at higher temperatures when the engine is running.
Synthetic blend oil is a combination of synthetic oil and conventional oil, which gives you some of the performance and protective benefits of fully synthetic oil without being quite as expensive.
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Does it matter what brand of oil you use? Ford recommends opting for Motorcraft as a first choice, but other brands are okay, as long as they have the required specifications, including the correct viscosity grade and an API certification seal on the label. 
Ford recommends against using extra additives, however, because they could counteract what the particular formula you’ve chosen was designed to do, and you could also risk causing damage to your engine or other vehicle components. For an option that would make your manufacturer proud, opt for
Motorcraft synthetic blend engine oil
.

How often to change oil on a 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost engine

Okay, now that you know the type of oil you need for your 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost’s engine and how much, the next question is: how often do you actually need to change it?
The 2012 Ford Edge has an oil life monitoring system that will alert you when it’s time to change your oil based on driving conditions. The system should alert you within 10,000 miles of your last oil change. When the alert appears on your dashboard, Ford recommends getting your oil changed within 500 miles or a couple of weeks.
Here’s how often you could expect to see an oil change alert on your 2012 Ford Edge, depending on how your driving conditions have been:
Oil change interval
Driving conditions
7,500-10,000 miles
Normal
5,000-7,499
Severe (Extended idling periods, mountain/off-road driving, towing heavy loads)
3,000-4,999
Extreme (Tow loads near maximum capacity, extreme cold/heat exposure)
If your alert is accidentally reset too early, or if it stops working, Ford recommends changing your oil every 5,000 miles, or every six months, and never exceeding more than 10,000 miles without getting an oil change.
Since when you should get an oil change can vary depending on your driving habits and what kind of engine oil you’re using, it’s a good idea to periodically check your oil level and condition—about once a month or every time you refuel are solid benchmarks. If your 2012 Ford Edge is ready for an oil change, here are some signs you might notice:
  • Engine oil is dark brown or black
  • Coarse or grainy engine oil texture
  • Very low engine oil levels
  • Oil, smoke, or burning smells coming from the engine
  • Worsened engine performance
  • Check engine light has come on
  • Oil change and/or low oil pressure indicator lights illuminate
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How to change your oil and oil filter

If you’ve decided it’s time for an oil change, it’s time to head to the auto parts store to pick out a suitable engine oil of your choice. Once you’ve found it, here are some other supplies you’ll want to have on hand for your oil change:
  • Socket wrench
  • Filter wrench (tool for removing old oil filters)
  • Drain pan
  • New washer for your drain bolt
  • Gloves
  • Towel(s) for cleaning up
Once you have what you need, it’s time to get started! Here are the general steps involved with an oil change:
  • Start your engine and let it run a few minutes (to warm up the oil and make it easier to drain)
  • Turn off the engine, lift up your hood, and remove the oil fill cap
  • Underneath your vehicle, remove the drain bolt and washer and let the old engine oil empty into the drain pan
  • As the oil continues draining, replace the old oil filter with your new one
  • When the oil stops draining, replace the drain bolt using a new washer
  • Refill the engine to the proper level with fresh oil
  • Replace the engine oil fill cap
Let the engine run for a few minutes again, ensuring everything’s in working order and checking for any leaks. After the engine cools, you can check your oil level again to make sure it’s still where it’s supposed to be.
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.
And as for that used engine oil—don’t just dump it down the drain or throw it out with your regular trash! Engine oil is an environmentally hazardous material, so you’ll need to dispose of it properly. Many cities have drop-off locations where you can dispose of motor oil, and so do certain repair shops and car dealerships.

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