How do I add engine oil to my Lincoln vehicle?

Motor oil lubricates the internal parts of your vehicle's engine, so it can run smoothly and efficiently. Because your engine needs a certain amount of oil to run right, you should check your vehicle’s oil level every time you fill-up the fuel tank.

Your motor oil should be changed every 5,000-10,000 miles, depending on your vehicle’s model year and driving conditions. Many newer Lincoln vehicles have an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor to help you track when an oil change is needed.

Follow these steps to check and add motor oil. For additional information about motor oil, check your Owner’s Manual.

Checking Oil Level

  1. Get a metal or plastic oil-fill funnel, an oil rag, and one or two quarts of the vehicle's correct grade of oil. You can find the grade in your Owner's Manual.
  2. Park the vehicle on level ground.

    Note: If the vehicle is not level, the oil level can be incorrect when checked.
     
  3. Turn your engine off, and wait 10 minutes so all the engine’s oil drains into the oil pan.
  4. Roll up or remove loose clothing, and keep your arms away from the cooling fan(s) when checking the oil.

    Important: Fans can turn on automatically, even when the engine is off.
     
  5. Open the hood and find the oil dipstick. It is near the engine and usually has a brightly colored handle.
  6. Pull the dipstick out, wipe the metal section clean with a rag, then fully insert and remove it.

    Notes: 
    • Your oil level is the highest point on the dipstick that is coated with oil.
    • If the oil level is between MIN and MAX, you don’t need to add oil. Replace the dipstick, and close the hood.
    • If the oil level is at or below MIN, you must add oil now.

Adding Oil

  1. Find the oil fill location.
  2. Remove the fill cap and place the small end of the funnel into the fill hole.
  3. Add oil by pouring in roughly a quarter of the container at a time, waiting a minute for the oil to drain into the pan.

    Notes:
    • Stop adding oil when the dipstick shows oil at or just below the MAX mark.
    • It's important to add oil in small amounts, and never exceed the dipstick’s MAX level. Too much oil in your engine can be just as bad as too little.
       
  4. Remove the funnel and replace the dipstick and oil fill cap. Make sure both are fully secured in place, then close the hood.

Between changes, your vehicle’s oil level can drop a bit within the normal range. However, if it drops to the MIN mark or lower between oil changes, you should take the vehicle to your local Lincoln Retailer for inspection by a Lincoln factory-trained technician.

Additional Information

How often should I change the engine oil?
What is the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor System?
How can the Oil Life Time and Distance Estimator be reset?

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