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By Shannon Martin
Updated on Jul 19, 2022
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff, Staff Editor.
The 2016 Ford Escape is known for its reliability and high-mileage capabilities. Not many cars can last for over 200,000 miles, but by doing routine oil changes and learning your 2016 Ford Escape's engine oil capacity can!
The cost of everything is getting more and more expensive. One way to combat ongoing inflation is by taking on more DIY car projects and ensuring your Ford stays in tip-top shape. If you haven't changed your own oil before, look at your owner's manual for the correct oil type before you start.
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2016 Ford Escape engine oil capacity
First, you’re going to need to know how much engine oil a 2016 Ford Escape needs.
The 2.5-liter V4 engine for the 2016 Escape holds 5.7 quarts, or 5.3 liters, of engine oil. Keep in mind that the engine capacity or how much oil the engine can hold, is 5.7 quarts, while the engine displacement is 2.5. The engine displacement is how much volume the cylinders take up, so these numbers are not interchangeable.
What kind of oil does a 2016 Ford Escape need?
The next bit of information you need is the engine oil type. All engine oils are not the same and you don't want to just grab the first bottle you see in the store. Per the manufacturer, your 2016 Ford Escape should use Motorcraft® SAE 5W-20 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil.
Let's break down what that means. First, different cars need oils with varying levels of viscosity or thickness. With the “W” meaning winter, the “5W” in the oil grade reflects the oil's viscosity for cold weather and vehicle start-ups. The “20” is the oil grade for when the engine reaches normal operating temperature, 212 degrees and above.
So an oil with a rating of 5W-20 is thin enough to work well in the cold and won't get too thin in the heat.
You will notice that Ford also states that the engine oil should be synthetic grade. There are a few grades of oil to choose from, but a full synthetic or a synthetic blend will work best.
Veering away from the manufacturer's recommendation can void your warranty. With that in mind, here are the most popular engine oil choices for your 2016 Ford Escape:
How often to change oil on a 2016 Ford Escape
Ford recommends changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, you do have some flexibility here. If you're using a high-quality full synthetic oil, you can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes.
We know those are some pretty big ranges! How do you know for sure if you need to change your oil? Start by checking your oil level regularly, like when you stop for gas. Here are some signs an oil change is in your near future:
- Motor oil that needs changing is dark brown or black (Clean oil is light brown or amber, like a cup of tea. Dirty oil is like a cup of soda.)
- Oil feels coarse or gritty
- Strange sounds coming from the engine
- New smells, especially anything that smells like oil, smoke, or burning
- Changes in your vehicle's performance
How to change your oil and oil filter
Now that it's time to change your oil, you will need to get a hold of the following items:
- Socket wrench
- Drain pan
- Filter wrench
- Replacement filter
- New washer
- 5W-20 synthetic motor oil
Oil changes go faster when the oil is warm, so let your engine run for about five minutes. Once your Escape is at normal operating temperature, park it on level ground, turn off the engine, pop the hood, and follow these steps:
- Take off the oil fill cap
- Crawl underneath the car and place the drain pan under the engine
- remove the oil drain bolt and washer, letting the oil drain into the pan
- Remove the old oil filter
- Install the new filter
- Replace the oil drain bolt using a new washer and tighten it to 29 lb-ft
- Refill the engine with your new oil and replace the fill cap
That's it! To make sure everything went as it should, use your dipstick to check the oil level. Then, take your car for a quick spin to ensure you don't see any leaks and allow your dashboard's oil pressure light to turn off.
DIY oil changes are messy, so be careful with the clean-up. Don't dump the dirty oil out on the ground or put it in your garbage bin. Instead, put it in the now empty oil containers and bring it to a local recycling center or to a local auto parts store that does oil recycling.
Don't forget regular insurance policy maintenance
Routine oil changes will keep your 2016 Ford Escape on the road longer, which keeps your money where it belongs, in your pocket!
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