2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Oldham Oil Change
February 09, 2012
Yes, that's fearless leader Scott Oldham standing under our 2011 Ford Mustang GT with a wrench in his hand. Our Rotary lift and the prospect of not havng to roll around on the concrete and mess up one of his "meeting"shirts was enough to lure him out of the office for a little DIY routine maintenance.
Draining the oil was easy enough thanks to our new elevated drain pan with its own tank and wheels. But such fancy tools are not required. There's nothing particularly difficult about the Mustang from a basic driveway maintenance standpoint.
Except maybe for this: The oil filter is concealed behind a panel that's held in place by three bolts that are easy to reach even if you're using a floor jack and jack stands. In case you're wondering, the other large object up in there is the electronic power steering unit.
Thing is, the flip-down panel seems to form a barrier that makes it impossible to orient a drain pan beneath the drain plug and oil filter at the same time. But that's not really the issue because you'd still have this problem if the panel was gone. In the end, the filter and drain plug are simply too far apart for the span of one pan.
So there's nothing for it but to drain the oil, catch up on some e-mail or play a couple levels of Angry Birds while it dribbles out, re-insert and re-tighten the drain plug, and then reposition the drain pan under the oil filter. The Mustang 5.0 oil change is a sock-shoe, sock-shoe operation, is all.
The new 5.0 is thirsty in a way you might not expect. It takes eight quarts of 5W-20 synthetic blend or full synthetic to replenish the sump. At $4.99 each that's 40 bucks in oil alone -- even more if you go the full synthetic route.
The oil life monitor is easy to reset using the information center buttons to the left of the steering wheel. Done and done.>
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 20,704 miles