Recently tried to do my own oil change on my Escape. I tried to unbolt
the plug drain (15 mm bolt) and found that I couldn't budge the bolt.
I will bring it back to the mechanic who did the last oil change and
ask why this bolt needs to be torqued so high. This is an aluminum pan
and I was afraid that I would crack the aluminum if I applied too much
Anyone have experience with this? Someone mentioned to me that the
dissimlar materials causes the bolt to freeze up like what I have
There is no way you will crack the pan if you are using a 3/8 drive ratchet
and it's only about 9 inches long. I would worry more about rounding
Whoever changed your oil didn't want to be responsible for your
bolt falling out and draining your oil on the highway.
An Escape isn't old enough for dissimilar metals to freeze together,
especially if you have had the oil changed in the last couple years.
From my experience, just the opposite. Similar metals will freeze up. On
occasion we used aluminum bolts and nuts at work and they were notorious for
galling and seizing. It should come apart with some effort but be very sure
the threads are clean and in good shape before re-installing.
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