How to Change Oil in a 1994 Ford Explorer

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How to Change Oil in a 1994 Ford Explorer
Change the oil regularly on your Explorer (Repair image by Mykola Velychko from

Regular oil changes are important for the life of your car's engine and for its smooth running. Learning to change the oil in your 1994 Ford Explorer saves money and keeps your vehicle in good running condition. Ford recommends changing the oil every 5,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first, for optimal performance and to reduce engine wear.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Socket and ratchet
  • Oil filter wrench
  • 5 quarts SAE 5W-30 oil
  • Funnel
  • Oil catch pan
  • Oil filter
  • Ramps or jack (optional)

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  1. 1

    Drive your Ford Explorer up onto car ramps or jack it up for clearance underneath to access the oil pan. Set the parking brake and block the wheels before jacking up or after driving onto ramps. Release the bonnet latch inside the vehicle, located under the steering column of the instrument panel. Raise and secure the bonnet. Remove the engine oil filler tube cap, located just left of the centre of the engine.

    How to Change Oil in a 1994 Ford Explorer
    Use ramps or jack up the car to change the oil (Heat and flat tire image by Vladimir Jovanovic from
  2. 2

    Get underneath your Explorer. Take the socket, ratchet and oil catch pan with you. Place the oil catch pan directly underneath the oil pan plug. The oil pan, toward the middle of your vehicle, is shaped similar to a saddlebag. Remove the plug in the centre of the oil pan, using the socket/ratchet. Allow the oil to drain until completely empty.

    How to Change Oil in a 1994 Ford Explorer
    Keep your tools handy (socket wrench image by Jim Mills from
  3. 3

    Remove oil filter, located underneath the passenger side of the engine, using the oil filter wrench. Drain the oil into the oil catch pan. Replace with the new oil filter, the tighten. Replace the drain plug in the oil pan, using a socket and ratchet, and tighten.

    How to Change Oil in a 1994 Ford Explorer
    Use an oil filter wrench to remove the filter (tools image by CraterValley Photo from
  4. 4

    Pour the new oil, using the funnel, in the engine oil filler tube. Ford recommends SAE 5W-30 oil for 1994 Explorers in the owner's manual. Check the oil level by using the dipstick in the oil check tube, located just right of the centre of the engine. Do not overfill. Replace the cap.

    How to Change Oil in a 1994 Ford Explorer
    Use a funnel to pour the oil (entonnoir image by photlook from
  5. 5

    Start the engine and check thoroughly for leaks. Tighten the filter or oil pan drain, if needed. Check the oil gauge on the instrument panel. Close the bonnet and remove the Explorer from the ramps or jack.

    How to Change Oil in a 1994 Ford Explorer
    Check the oil gauge (Car dashboard image by Andrejs Pidjass from

Tips and warnings

  • The 4.0L engine is the same in the 1994 Ford Explorer as the 4.0L engine in the 1996 Ford Explorer.
  • Lay cardboard to protect the garage floor or driveway from oil drips and spills when changing the oil.
  • Dispose of the used oil and filter properly.
  • Do not attempt to change oil on a hot engine.
  • Block wheels to stop movement of the vehicle while changing the oil.

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