2013 Ford Focus 2.0 Oil Capacity

The 2013 Ford Focus’s 2.0-liter engine has an oil capacity of 4.5 quarts, or 4.3 liters. Read on to learn how to change your Focus’s oil at home.
Written by Pat Roache
Reviewed by Amy Bobinger
The 2013 Ford Focus’s 2.0-L oil capacity is 4.5 quarts, or 4.3 liters. Ford recommends using Motocraft® SAE 5W-20 premium synthetic blend or fully synthetic motor oil when you
change the oil and filter
—so make sure you have enough to perform this service at home!
Every trim of the 2013 Ford Focus came equipped with the same 2.0-L four-cylinder engine. It’s not the most thrilling powertrain with only 160 horsepower, but it offers exciting fuel economy—27 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway! To keep this engine at peak efficiency, you’ll have to keep up with maintenance like regular oil changes.
Completing your Focus’s oil changes at home is an easy way to save money on car expenses, but you’ll need to know some key specs, first! In this article, we’re covering the 2013 Ford Focus 2.0-L oil capacity as well as the type of oil you’ll need and some tips to help you perform your DIY oil change with ease. Let’s get started!

2013 Ford Focus 2.0 engine oil capacity

The 2013 Ford Focus’s 2.0-L engine has an oil capacity of 4.5 quarts, or 4.3 liters—but how can that be?
The 2.0-L measurement refers to the Focus’s
engine displacement
—the volume that the engine’s four cylinders occupy. This is not a measurement of your engine’s oil reservoir, which is denoted by the oil capacity listed in your car’s owner’s manual (and right here in this article!).
Don’t get these measurements mixed up! You’ll need the full 4.5 quarts/4.3 liters of oil in your engine to keep it working properly.
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What kind of oil does a 2013 Ford Focus 2.0 engine need?

You’ll need to use motor oil with the right viscosity grade for your specific engine. When it comes to the 2013 Focus 2.0-L engine, Ford recommends using
Motocraft SAE 5W-20 Premium Synthetic Blend motor oil
Motocraft SAE 5W-20 Full Synthetic motor oil
Motorcraft is Ford’s brand of motor oil, but you can use other brands so long as they match the viscosity grade requirement of 5W-20. The numbers here measure how thick the oil is from temperatures of 0°F (where the “W” stands for Winter) to 212°F. A 5W-20 remains relatively thin across all temperatures and will cause the least wear and tear to your 2013 Focus’s engine.
The SAE label simply tells you that this oil has been approved by the Society of Automotive Engineers. You’ll likely see a variety of conventional and synthetic oils at the auto parts store, but you should skip the conventional oil for a 2013 Focus. Ford specifically recommends using a synthetic blend or fully synthetic oil for this model.

How often to change the oil on a 2013 Ford Focus 2.0 engine

You should change the oil in your 2013 Ford Focus every 5,000 miles or six months—whichever comes first. Ford’s oil life monitoring system should provide a maintenance message when an engine oil change is due, but it’s important to stick to this mileage limit/timeframe if your Focus doesn’t alert you for some reason.
In addition to following this
car maintenance schedule
, you should check the oil in your Focus fairly regularly—every other oil change or at least once a month. Start by using your engine’s dipstick to check the oil level, making sure it lands between the maximum and minimum notches.
Before you top anything off, check the quality of the oil. Is it black, coarse, or gritty? You may be due for an oil change sooner than you thought! Some other clues that you’re due for an early oil change include decreased fuel efficiency, performance, or strange sounds or smells coming from the engine.

How to change your oil and oil filter

You’ve got your 4.5 quarts/4.3 liters of Motorcraft SAE 5W-20 fully synthetic or premium synthetic blend motor oil? Check! You’re certain that your 2013 Ford Focus is due for an oil change? Check again! Here’s what you need to do!
Grab the following materials and equipment:
  • Socket wrench
  • Filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan
  • Replacement filter
Let your Focus’s engine run for about 5 minutes to warm up. Then, turn off the car, open the hood of your car, and follow these steps:
  • Unscrew the oil fill cap from the reservoir located right in the middle of your car’s powertrain.
  • Slide under your Ford with the oil drain pan. Remove the oil drain bolt and washer with the pan ready to catch the draining oil.
  • As the oil drains, grab your filter wrench and remove the old filter. Install your replacement filter after the oil has drained completely.
  • Close the oil drain with the bolt and a new washer, applying 29 lb-ft of torque to tighten it completely.
  • Pour your 4.5 quarts of SAE 5W-20 motor oil into the oil reservoir. Use your Focus’s dipstick to make sure you’ve added enough and top off as necessary.
  • Return the oil fill cap, turn on the engine to circulate the new engine oil, and check for any leaks beneath your car.
To wrap things up, you’ll need to reset the oil life monitoring system in your car. Turn the ignition to the ON position but do not start the engine. Hold down the gas and brake pedals at the same time and you should see the message: “Service: Oil reset in prog. Only release the pedals once you see this replaced by the message: “Service: Oil reset complete”.
Last but not least, you’ll need to discard your used engine oil. You can’t just throw this hazardous material in the trash or dump it on the ground. Store the used oil in a sealed container and head to your local recycling center to make sure it’s disposed of properly.
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