How to Change the Oil in a 2006 Ford Freestar

    • 1). Drive onto the ramps. Shut off the engine. If using jack stands, jack up the front of the vehicle, place the jack stands under the vehicle jacking points on each side, and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

    • 2). Raise the hood, and remove the oil fill cap.

    • 3). Slide the oil container pan underneath the Freestar's engine oil pan. Remove the oil drain plug by twisting it counterclockwise with the socket. Drain the dirty oil into the pan.

    • 4). Wipe the area around the drain hole. Replace the oil drain plug with the new gasket. Tighten the plug using the socket. Do not overtighten the plug.

    • 5). Slide the drain pan underneath the oil filter. Remove the filter and gasket with the oil filter wrench. The filter will be full of oil. Carefully invert it into the drain pan. Rub a light film of oil on the rubber gasket of the new filter and install and tighten the filter with your hand. Once the gasket meets the engine, turn 3/4 turn more. Overtightening can cause the rubber gasket to split.

    • 6). Check the owner's manual for the grade and amount of oil required for the Windstar. Pour the new oil into the engine and replace the oil fill cap; check the oil level with the dipstick. Expect a reading above full until a quart enters the filter. Lower the vehicle to the ground.

    • 7). Start the engine and let it idle for one minute. Turn off the engine, and recheck the oil level. Document the oil change and mileage in your maintenance journal. Take the old oil to an auto parts store, repair facility or service station for disposal.

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