Ford Escort Oil Type and Capacity

If you own a Ford Escort, you know how important it is to take care of your vehicle. Knowing the correct oil type and capacity for your Ford Escort can significantly affect how your vehicle runs and how long it will last. This blog post will discuss why oil type and capacity matter and the recommended oil type and capacity for your Escort.

Why do oil type and capacity matter?

Oil type and capacity are two important aspects of engine maintenance that you should overlook when caring for your vehicle. The oil used in a car is essential because different types are better suited to different engine designs and temperatures. The incorrect type of oil can lead to decreased performance, increased wear and tear, and even engine damage.

The engine oil’s capacity, or amount, is also vital to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Too little oil can cause the same problems as using the wrong type of oil, while too much oil can lead to overfilling and potential damage. Additionally, using the wrong oil type or capacity can void warranties and lead to expensive repair bills. Hence, knowing the correct oil type and quantity for your vehicle is essential to keeping it running correctly and extending its life.

Recommended oil type for each generation of Ford Escort

Ford Escort has been classified into two major categories depending on the region. Vehicles sold in North America are divided into three generations. The second category is vehicles sold in Europe, divided into six generations. Each generation of Ford Escort has a recommended oil type with a specific capacity that varies slightly between models.

The following tables show which oil type and capacity should be used with each model of Ford Escort. It applies to Europe as well as North American models.

Ford Escort oil type

Model yearRecommended oil type (All TEMPS)
Sixth generation
2000Semi synthetics, Mineral 10W-30, 10W-40, 15W-30, 5W-40
1999Semi-synthetics, Mineral, Hydrocracking 10W-40, 15W-30, 15W-40
1998Semi-synthetics, Mineral, Hydrocracking 10W-30, 10W-40, 15W-30
1997Semi-synthetics, Mineral, Hydrocracking 10W-30, 15W-30, 15W-40, 5W-30
1996Mineral, Hydrocracking 10W-30, 10W-40, 15W-30, 15W-40 (All Temps)
1995Mineral, Hydrocracking 10W-30, 10W-40, 15W-30, 15W-40 (All Temps)
Fifth Generation
1994Mineral, Hydrocracking, 10W-30, 10W-40, 15W-30, 15W-40
1993Mineral, Hydrocracking 10W-30, 10W-40, 15W-30, 15W-40
1992Mineral, Hydrocracking 15W-30, 15W-20
1991Mineral, Hydrocracking 15W-30, 15W-20, 10W-30, 10W-20
1990Mineral, Hydrocracking 15W-20, 10W-30, 10W-20
Fourth Generation
1989Mineral, Hydrocracking 15W-20, 10W-30, 10W-20
1988Mineral, Hydrocracking 15W-20, 15W-30, 15W-40, 10W-30
1987Mineral 15W-20, 15W-30, 15W-40, 10W-30
1986Mineral 15W-20, 15W-40
Third Generation
1985Mineral 15W-30, 15W-20, 15W-40, 10W-40
1984Mineral 15W-20, 15W-30, 15W-40, 10W-40
1983Mineral 15W-30, 15W-20, 10W-30
1982Mineral 15W-20, 10W-30
1981Mineral 15W-20, 10W-30
1980Mineral 15W-30, 15W-20, 10W-30
Second Generation
1979Mineral 15W-20, 10W-20, 10W-30
1978Mineral 15W-20, 10W-20, 10W-30
1977Mineral 15W-20, 10W-20, 10W-30
1976Mineral 15W-30, 10W-20, 10W-30
1975Mineral 15W-40, 10W-20, 10W-40
First Generation
1974 Synthetics SAE 10W-40
1973 Synthetics SAE 10W-40
1972 Synthetics SAE 10W-40
1971 Synthetics SAE 10W-40
1970 Synthetics SAE 10W-40
1969 Synthetics SAE 10W-40
1968 Synthetics SAE 10W-40


Recommended oil capacity for each generation of Ford Escort

Ford Escort oil capacity

Model YearEngine TypeRecommended Oil Capacity
Sixth Generation
20022.0-Liter Zetec Four-Cylinder4.5 Quarts (With Filter)
20012.0 L Inline 4 Engine4.5 Quarts (With Filter)
2000 2.0-Liter Twin-Cam 16-Valve Duratec Four-Cylinder4 Quarts (With Filter)
19992.0 L Inline 4 Engine4 Quarts (With Filter)
19982.0L L4 SOHC 8 Valves4 Quarts (With Filter)
19972.0L L4 SOHC 8 Valves4 Quarts (With Filter)
19961.9L L4 SOHC 8 Valves 4 Quarts (With Filter)
19951.9-Liter Four-Cylinder4 Quarts (With Filter)
Fifth Generation
19941.6 Litre Four-Cylinder3.43 Quarts (With Filter)
1993Inline 4 Petrol Engine4 Quarts (With Filter)
19921.4 Litre Inline 4 Petrol Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
1991Inline 4 Petrol Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
19901.9 L Inline Four-Cylinder4.2 Quarts (With Filter)
Fourth Generation
19891.9 L Inline Four-Cylinder4 Quarts (With Filter)
19881.6L Inline Four-Cylinder3.43 Quarts (With Filter)
19871.6L Inline Four-Cylinder4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
19861.6L Inline Four-Cylinder4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
Third Generation
19851.6L Inline Four-Cylinder Petrol Engine3.7 Quarts (With Filter)
1984Inline 4 Petrol Engine3.43 Quarts (With Filter)
1983Inline 4 Petrol Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
19821.6L Inline 4, Petrol Engine3.7 Quarts (With Filter)
1981Inline 4, Petrol Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
1980Inline 4, Petrol Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
Second Generation
1979Inline 4, Petrol Engine4.5 Quarts (With Filter)
1978Inline 4 Leaded Petrol Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
19771.8 Litre Naturally Aspirated 4 Cylinder Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
19761.1 L Gasoline Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)
19751.1 L Gasoline Engine4.49 Quarts (With Filter)

The first-generation Ford Escort is no longer available in market. Hence, we couldn’t find reliable information regarding their recommended oil type and capacity.



What happens if I use 5w30 instead of 5w20 in my Escort?

If the recommended oil for your Escort’s model is 5w30, then using 5w20 may cause problems. The engine may not get enough lubrication from the thinner oil, and that can cause it to wear out prematurely. As a result, you may have to replace the engine sooner than expected.


Final words

Your Ford Escort model’s oil type and capacity requirements may vary depending on the year it was manufactured. That being said, knowing the right type and oil capacity is essential if you want your car to perform at its best. It’s best to refer to your owner’s manual or consult a professional to ensure you use the right oil for your particular Ford Escort model. Furthermore, regular trips to a qualified mechanic or service centre can help ensure that your car’s engine remains in tip-top shape.

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