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Old 03-30-2010, 10:55 PM
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Default Dude, where is the drain plug?

Hi guys,

I have owned my 2010 Ranger 2.3L for a few months now and I love it. I am planning to do the first oil change sometime soon. I have owned several cars in the past and have done most of the oil change myself, but when I crawled under the truck this afternoon, I have never felt so lost. Maybe it's because this is my first Ford and first truck.

I found the oil filter - quite easily, mounted perpendicular to the ground, to the left (looking face up from under the truck, feet pointed towards the front of the truck) hand side. Now, just to the right of the filter is what I suspect to be the oil pan, am I right? I see one screw - possibly the drain plug (not unsure) to the right of the oil pan that goes in horizontally (parallel to ground) running from right to left. Is that the drain plug? It looks quite small compared to what I was used to seeing on my previous cars.

If somebody can describe the location better it would be great.

And also, does Rangers need drain plug washers?

Thanks for your help!

Mike
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:04 AM
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Default Re: Dude, where is the drain plug?

Typically, they are on the passenger side of the truck toward the bottom of the pan. I don't have the 2.3L, so yours may be different.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:09 AM
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Default Re: Dude, where is the drain plug?

Your description of the drain plug sounds accurate. On the right hand side of the pan (cast aluminum), horizontal to the ground, placed in a small "bump" in the bottom of the pan. Should be a 13mm hex, with a larger base, which has an o-ring in it for sealing.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:36 PM
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Default Re: Dude, where is the drain plug?

Thanks for the helpful replies.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:16 AM
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Default Re: Dude, where is the drain plug?

It's my first time changing the oil on my first truck. I am having a problem locating the engine oil drain plug on my 1993 Ranger 2.3L. I slid underneath both sides of the truck without jacking it up, just to try to locate the oil pan and plug. I can't seem to find them. The oil filter is visible from under the driver side of the truck. Directly under the oil filter, a little more to the center of the truck I see a plug facing down, but it looks like it is for the trans. It doesn't look like an oil pan. I am all set to change the oil once I find the correct plug. A good description, photo, or diagram would be great if you can help.

I think this is a very good thread to ask because I was directed here several times by Google while trying to find my solution.
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