Ford Oil Capacity

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Something I have wondered about for a while...why do ford engines have so much more oil capacity than other engines? I worked at the counter of a Wal-Mart Lube shop for a couple of years, and I noticed that Ford engines always took more oil to fill. An example is the popular GM 2.8/3.1 V-6 takes about 4.4 litres to fill, while a Ford Zetec 2.0 takes 5.6 litres to fill, and the 2.5 V-6 takes 6.2! I know the GM engines are OHV engines, and the Fords are DOHC engines, but that doesn't entirely explain it, because a Toyota 2.2 DOHC 4 only takes about 4.4 litres to fill, if memory serves me correct. Is this just a design choice, or are ford engines that weak that they need all this extra oil to keep going? BTW, I'm not a Ford basher - have never owned one, but think they are fine cars...my buddies ZX2 has been an amazingly reliable car....
 
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There's an oil change interval formula that takes into account oil capacity, displacement, and horsepower. I ran it on both my V6 Contour (6 quarts) and my Mustang 5.0 (5 quarts) and the resulting figure is so close that I don't think it's a coincidence. The new GM 2.2L Ecotec takes 5 quarts, by the way. The capacity you state for the 2.5L V6 seems high..6.2 liters is 6.55 quarts. The manual for mine actually specifies 5.8 quarts but I put all 6 in, plus I believe the prior year's manual specified 6 quarts.
 
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Originally posted by addyguy: I worked at the counter of a Wal-Mart Lube shop for a couple of years, and I noticed that Ford engines always took more oil to fill. An example is the popular GM 2.8/3.1 V-6 takes about 4.4 litres to fill, while a Ford Zetec 2.0 takes 5.6 litres to fill, and the 2.5 V-6 takes 6.2! .
I have a 1996 Contour with the 2.0L 4 cylinder Zetec engine and it takes 4.5 quarts/with filter to bring it to the full line. And that's what Ford spec's in the owner's manual. 5.6 litres is serious overfilling for this engine [Eek!] ! I wouldn't do it [Roll Eyes] ! Whimsey
 
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tom slick Member Member # 1550 posted 20 September, 2005 09:32 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I believe my new 4.6l ford takes 7.5 qts. that's quite a bit more than the 4 qts i'm used to. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posts: 1136 | From: central coast, calif | Registered: May 2003 | IP: Logged | What is the OCI recommendation from the factory?
 

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Mercedes has even more oil capacity for their engines. My 3.2L straight six takes 7.5 quarts per oil change. The popular modern 3.2L V6 takes 8 quarts. If you follow the sludging problem with some engines, much of it is related to low oil sump capacities.
 
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Originally posted by tom slick: I believe my new 4.6l ford takes 7.5 qts. that's quite a bit more than the 4 qts i'm used to.
I beleive the 4.6 takes 6 qts unless they changed it in the last year.
 
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Originally posted by tmorris1:
I beleive the 4.6 takes 6 qts unless they changed it in the last year. [/QB][/QUOTE] you are correct it is 6 qts, 7 qts for the 5.4l. OCI for normal driving is 5k, 3k for severe. my mazda takes 3.5 qts and it recomends an OCI of 5k severe and 7500 normal. i drive the textbook definition of normal.
 
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Originally posted by tom slick: I believe my new 4.6l ford takes 7.5 qts. that's quite a bit more than the 4 qts i'm used to. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I beleive the 4.6 takes 6 qts unless they changed it in the last year
When did this happen? all my 4.6's take 5 quarts.
 
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[Off Topic!] Just wanted to post my oil capacities 92 Mits mirage 1.5L 3.2 quarts 96 Pontiac sunfire 2.2 L 4 qts 03 Nissan Sentra 1.8 L 2 7/8 qts
 
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Originally posted by Cutehumor: [Off Topic!] Just wanted to post my oil capacities 92 Mits mirage 1.5L 3.2 quarts 96 Pontiac sunfire 2.2 L 4 qts 03 Nissan Sentra 1.8 L 2 7/8 qts
Wow, a 1.8L engine with less than 3 qt capacity. I thought my 88 Civic with its 3.7 qt capacity was stingy. I'd really think twice about long OCI on that engine. [Eek!]
 
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