Should you even bother swapping the oil yourself?
Changing the oil in your car, assuming it’s not a supercar or hypercar like a Lamborghini or Bugatti, is typically something you can do yourself. Or is it? As new cars and trucks today are more advanced technically than ever, some basic DIY tasks may be best left to a pro. Take the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger, for example.
The Truth About Cars uncovered some documents detailing the required steps to changing the truck’s oil and, well, it first requires the removal of the left front wheel. Yes, really. This new step isn’t entirely unusual or terribly complicated, but it is somewhat annoying.
The reason for this is because the Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and the location of the new and larger oil cooler. You see, this new cooler does not enable the filter to be located towards the oil pan near the engine’s rear. Instead, the Ford had to relocate the filter sticks to the left side and at right angles to the engine’s cylinders. The service procedure manual TTAC obtained also reveals that removing the wheel isn’t the only complicated part.
Once removed, someone will have to remove a lightly secured access panel followed by removing the filter with an end cap tool. To drain the oil, you’ll also have to unbolt the power steering control module underbody shield.
Why is this so technically complicated? Probably because this particular 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque EcoBoost engine was not initially designed for only the Ranger. Remember, it’s also found in the Mustang EcoBoost and Focus RS. Engineers had to modify it accordingly for Ranger duty.
So if new Ranger owners plan on doing their own oil swaps, it’ll be vital to first carefully read over the instruction manual. Several times. However, most people these days prefer not to change their oil because of the hassle and, above all, likely don’t know how.