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2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Easy Oil Change Access

October 24, 2011

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As promised, I recently changed the oil early in our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost. The procedure was very straightforward -- so straightforward, in fact, that the process will be documented in an upcoming Edmunds how-to oil change piece.

There was one wrinkle, but not a very challenging one. Our Explorer's engine, including its oil filter and oil pan, was hidden behind an aerodynamic undertray. It had to be removed in order to get the job started.

It couldn't have been easier.

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Four permanently captured half-turn clips, one in each corner, had to be undone. But the undertray didn't collapse onto my face when I released the last one because, as the first picture shows, the forward edge fits into a handy slot that supported the weight until I was good and ready to bring it all the way down.

As they say, installation is the reverse of removal.

A full oil change post mortem will come along as soon as I get my used oil analysis report back from Blackstone Laboratories.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing


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