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Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... #4577520
11/17/17 08:47 PM
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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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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577529
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Check your local Ford dealer. I'll bet they stock it.

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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577545
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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.

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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577594
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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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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577659
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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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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577681
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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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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577714
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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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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577718
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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577721
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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.

Last edited by Lubener; 11/18/17 03:57 AM.

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Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4577759
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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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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.

Re: Any alternatives to using Motorcraft's 80W-90... [Re: JoeJ] #4579081
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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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