Pictorial Walk-through
Here is a step-by-step walk through showing an oil change for the Taurus 3.0 V6 referred to as the Vulcan. It is a very simple bit of routine maintenance every car owner should know how to do. For this chapter in the Maintenance series, the vehicle used was a 2001 Taurus SES. All thumbnail images can be enlarged to show greater detail by left-clicking on them.

2001 Taurus SES, 3.0 V6, VIN "U" - Vulcan.
Difficulty rating: 1/10. Tools Required: Oil filter wrench, 3/8" drive ratchet and 5/8" wrench.
Required Supplies: 5 Quarts of your favored brand of oil and a filter, in this case, Castrol GTX 5w20 and Fram PH-3600 filter.

The oil filter location: Just behind the front exhaust manifold, shown by arrow.
Oil pan drain plug location: The drain plug is found on the low point of the oil pan, between the oil pan and the transmission fluid pan as shown.
To access the drain plug you can slide under vehicle in front of the passenger side tire. If needed you can raise the vehicle slightly to allow easier access. Do this by using a jack. Make sure the parking brake has been set and then place the jack under the vehicle and raise as needed. Use caution with placement of the jack as you may damage the underside of the vehicle with improper placement. Use jackstands or a second jack as a safety back-up measure.

Once you have access to the oil pan, place the oil catch pan in position.
Using the 5/8" wrench, loosen the oil drain plug.
Allow the old oil to drain for a few minutes. If you have raised the vehicle for access, lower it to allow for complete drainage. Be sure to take oil catch pan height into consideration.

Once the old oil has finished draining, wipe off and replace the oil drain plug.
The next step is to prepare the new oil filter. Remove from the box and using your finger and a few drops of new oil, place a thin layer of oil on the rubber gasket to ensure proper sealing.
Pour a small amount of oil into the filter itself and then rotate the filter to wet the internal filter element.

Connect the oil filter wrench together and place on the old filter. This is not always necessary as the filter may be loosened by hand, but if the exhaust manifolds and engine is warm, the filter will be too. Here is the filter wrench as seen from below.
With the old filter removed, wipe off any oil that may have leaked during the removal or dirt that may have gotten onto the filter mounting threads.
Access to place the new filter on can prove a little tricky and requires the use of both hands. Place your left hand between the cooling fan and the exhaust manifold. Gloves and long sleeves may be necessary if engine is warm.

Holding the new filter in your right hand, bring the filter into place from the side. Your right hand holds the filter while the left hand aligns it on the threads and spins it tight. Do not use the filter wrench to tighten the filter. The filter should only be turned hand tight to prevent stripping the filter or mounting post threads.
Once the new oil filter is securely in place, add 4 1/2 Quarts of oil.
After adding the oil, start the engine and let it run for 30 seconds to a minute to circulate the new oil throughout the engine. Turn the engine off and wait a few minutes for the oil to drain back into the oil pan. Locate the oil dipstick.

Check the fluid level on the dipstick. It should show on the crosshatched marks. After checking once or twice, if more oil is needed add it in small inrcements and check again after giving the added oil time to reach the oil pan. This will prevent overfilling of oil which can cause damage to the engine. You have just completed the oil change service on your car.
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