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#4577520 - 11/17/17 08:47 PM Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90...
JoeJ Offline


Registered: 05/09/14
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Loc: New York
Rear axle lube? This is for my daughters 2008 Ford Escape. It's almost impossible to find Motorcraft 80W-90 Premium rear axle lube where I live. I've heard of additive packages that may not be in other brands of oil. Can I say use Mobil 1 80W-90 synthetic or a Valvoline product?
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#4577529 - 11/17/17 08:54 PM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Check your local Ford dealer. I'll bet they stock it.

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#4577545 - 11/17/17 09:11 PM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Nothing special about it. I highly doubt an escape has a limited slip differential. I would just go down to a parts store/walmart/your favorite place to buy oil and buy a name brand 80W90. Castrol, Valvoline, Pennzoil. Whatever is on the shelf and cheap.


Edited by Colt45ws (11/17/17 09:12 PM)
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#4577594 - 11/17/17 10:03 PM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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The Motorcraft is nothing special. Walmart or NAPA will have several.

Not sure I would go for Amsoil in an Escape. But you could.

The proper fill level is 3-5 mm below the fill hole.
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#4577659 - 11/18/17 12:15 AM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Thanks to all for responding! When you say 3-5mm below fill hole what do you base that on? I thought you fill it till the oil runs out of the hole?
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#4577681 - 11/18/17 01:01 AM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Originally Posted By: JoeJ
Thanks to all for responding! When you say 3-5mm below fill hole what do you base that on? I thought you fill it till the oil runs out of the hole?

You can; I dont think it really harms anything. They want it lower because more oil provides more resistance so you lose 0.1% fuel economy.
To figure out the level, use a allen key as a dipstick. Just stick the short end in the hole and dip it in the oil. 3-5mm is around 1/8 inch.
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#4577714 - 11/18/17 03:10 AM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Excellent advice Colt45ws. In a class I took, you need to fill to the point where sticking your pinky finger in you can feel it on you pad of pinky.
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#4577718 - 11/18/17 03:45 AM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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#4577721 - 11/18/17 03:55 AM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Originally Posted By: JoeJ
Thanks to all for responding! When you say 3-5mm below fill hole what do you base that on? I thought you fill it till the oil runs out of the hole?

Just fill it to the bottom of the hole. No science here and use any 80-w-90 GL5 lube. There is nothing special about Motorcraft unless you ask the dealer parts guy.


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#4577759 - 11/18/17 06:18 AM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
JoeJ Offline


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Thank You All! Colt 45 that allen key trick is great. I was wondering how to measure it. I'm going to go with Lucas 80W-90 gear oil. It is an GL-5 oil that meets or exceeds Fords specs.
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#4577774 - 11/18/17 07:00 AM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Most AZ, AAP, OR, or Napa stores will have M1 75W-90 on the shelf fairly cheap if you want a synthetic. Walmart usually has a few brands of 75W-90 synthetic or 80W-90 conventional for a good price.
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#4579081 - 11/19/17 03:08 PM Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ]
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Originally Posted By: JoeJ
Thank You All! Colt 45 that allen key trick is great. I was wondering how to measure it. I'm going to go with Lucas 80W-90 gear oil. It is an GL-5 oil that meets or exceeds Fords specs.
I'm told some of the expert posters on here use their x-ray vision to verify levels and their pinky can perform chemical analysis! LOL
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