I agree with the Motorcraft 5w-20, good oil at a reasonable price. Each type has its pro's and cons. I have a 2003 Ford Escape V6. According to Ford fuels and lubricants engineering supervisor Pete Misangyi, Ford based its decision on the improved quality of engine oils and engines. My oil levels always between min and max.
Here at Advance Auto Parts, we work with only top reliable Oil Filter product and part brands so you can shop with complete confidence. Stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so, and switch the engine off. What it boils down to is I am using almost a quart of oil about every 2000 to 2500 miles. I can't tell because the engine runs perfectly. I would venture that each brand has a different 'vapor point' and if you happen to use a brand with a lower value, you will consume oil more than the others.
There are too many myths out there about using synthetic oil versus conventional oil. I don't think I have done anything but hard driving these past 4 years. It may take more than just one oil change to see a difference, so going to stay with it for a few changes. Then use socket set to take off rotor bracket, I think it's 18mm socket. Each type has its pro's and cons.
Like a couple of months ago my oil light popped on most of the time only when I hit the brakes. Don't see any difference in mpg, but just seems to me, and again could be my imagination, that engine just seems a bit sluggish now that 5W-30 is in the crankcase. High Mileage oil is supposed to super clean the engine and has some additives. If they do which I kind-of doubt, there are different materials, how would they know how much each would swell? I will be glad for help to know how to go about this issue. It's probably made by one the big oil companies any, Castrol, Valvoline, Pennzoil or whomever for Ford. If the problem only improves somewhat or is still unresolved, substitue 16 oz.
I have soaked gasket materials that comes in a roll in oil so it doesn't rip while cutting. It may be a publicly posted piece of information on the makers site, as Shell, for one, does post some technical tidbits like that. You are not the first to mention the change in performance when using 5-30 in a car that calls for 5-20. Pour in the proper amount of oil at the oil filler…. Well we will see if a scam or not.
High Mileage oil is supposed to super clean the engine and has some additives. Could just be me antcipating something different since I always have used Motorcraft 5W-20. I also went from 5W-20 to a 5w-30 weight. Hear from other customers via the 34,260 reviews on parts for your Ford Escape. I did some research on high mileage oils, and not to get into a long discussion, it seems Castrol makes the best out there right now. This process will clear any stubborn clogs.
Caution: Tighten it no more or no less. I was looking for compressor oil, and somehow found some of these specifications. Castrol High Mileage oil is supposed to fix this, we will see. The change applies to select 2007 models and all 2008 models. No blue smoke out of the exhaust and no leaking, did the white paper trick under the vehicle. You never know what could be dripping down from the engine, battery acid, engine coolant, brake fluid, etc. After continued use of Motorcraft 5w-20 Synthetic Blend motor oil, I finally switched to Castrol High Mileage Part Synthetic 5W-30.
My friend who never maintain so I tried Castrol Edge I swear it stay gold at 5K miles so 10K miles I finally force him to let me change oil it wasn't sludge or coal black it just light dark black. . My next change will be when we start going into colder weather, will use the Castrol High Mileage oil but instead of 5W-30, will go back to 5W-20. I recommend 7mm Allen socket that you can get at your automotive store. This video shows you how to change the oil and oil filter in your 2003 Ford Escape. I have soaked gasket materials that comes in a roll in oil so it doesn't rip while cutting. Check the engine oil level.