1998 Ford Escort Oil Change Service

1998 Ford Escort Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for a 1998 Ford Escort? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

When to Change 1998 Ford Escort Engine Oil

Need more info about 1998 Ford Escort oil changes? Look no further than Firestone Complete Auto Care! We are experts in car care — not just tires. Oil and lube services are also our specialties. We couldn’t put it better than our technician, Brianna. She likes to explain to customers that, “Oil is the blood of the engine. It’s the #1 thing you can do for your car.”

Ford recommends changing your 1998 Escort’s oil at regular intervals. Check the interval for your vehicle mileage in the table above. Your Escort may need an oil change right away if your check engine/oil change light is on, you hear engine knocking, smell oil inside the car, or notice an unusual amount of exhaust. You might need an oil change more frequently than what’s recommended by Ford if you regularly haul heavy loads, frequent dusty roads, adventure off-road, or drive at low speeds for long distances. Generally, getting more frequent oil changes won’t hurt your Ford Escort. In fact, more frequent oil changes give our technicians more opportunities to catch and alert you to any issues, like worn brake pads or a weak battery.

What’s the Right Type of Oil for 1998 Ford Escort?

Your local Firestone Complete Auto Care has the right 1998 Ford Escort motor oil: either synthetic or conventional. Ford has specifically identified either synthetic or conventional as the ideal engine oil for your 1998 Escort. Motor oil helps lubricate the engine’s moving parts, regulate engine temperature, and prevent the build-up of harmful substances within the engine. In an oil change service, an auto technician will change your Escort’s oil, replace and recycle your used oil and oil filter, inspect the rest of your car’s filters, top-off important fluids, and perform a courtesy inspection on your entire vehicle. You can drive with confidence knowing that we look out for you and your Escort by taking into account your driving habits, and mileage.

Types of Motor Oil for Fords

Wondering if we carry the right motor oil for your Ford? We stock outstanding motor oils because that's what your engine deserves. Check your owner's manual and talk with a technician to select the right Ford Escort oil, whether it's Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ conventional oil, Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology, or Shell Rotella® heavy-duty engine oil. With so many motor oil brands in the market, why do we carry these brands? They are champions. For instance, Quaker State was shown to provide 2x more protection than the industry standard when tested in taxi fleets across the country. [1] Pennzoil is another option. Unlike traditional synthetic motor oils, the Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic line of motor oils with PurePlus® Technology is formulated from pure natural gas, which helps lead to better performance. For heavy-duty engines, there's Shell Rotella. It's made for gasoline and diesel engines that need to survive the toughest working conditions, and is uniquely strengthened to deliver improved oxidation resistance, heightened performance in extreme temperatures, and increased wear protection. For help selecting the right motor oil for your 1998 Ford Escort, defer to Ford's recommendations.

Where to Go for 1998 Ford Escort Oil Change

When it's time for a 1998 Ford Escort oil change, you know where to go! Your nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care has the ideal oil for your Escort’s engine. We’ll take care of you and your car at your convenience, with the right oil at the right price. Call ahead to find out how much oil changes cost for 1998 Ford Escorts. Let the experts take care of your Escort’s engine by making an oil change appointment today. For your convenience, many of our stores are open late and on weekends!

[1] ILSAC GF-5 represents the latest performance standard set by the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), a joint effort of U.S. and Japanese automobile manufacturers. Most automobile manufacturers are expected to recommend oils that meet ILSAC GF-5. API SN is the most recent service category issued by API’s Lubricants Group. Oils meeting API SN and the new “Resource Conserving” designation meet all ILSAC GF-5 performance requirements.

Oil Change Q&A for Your 1998 Ford Escort

  • What can low oil do to my Ford Escort engine? Engine oil lubricates moving parts in your engine. If your oil reservoir is low or empty, these components can grind against each other, overheat, and cause your Escort’s engine to fail. That’s why it’s best to check your oil levels and get your oil changed regularly.
  • Can I change my Ford Escort oil at home? Changing engine oil at home isn’t as simple as it’s made out to be. You’ll have to figure out how to properly dispose of the oil and buy special tools. Having your oil changed professionally can not only reduce the risk of something going wrong during the service, but also with your vehicle down the road.
  • Why is my Ford exhaust smoke gray or blue? Your engine could be burning oil due to a leak. Looks like it’s time for a professional to take a look. The leak could be caused by several issues like leaking valve seals, blown piston rings, or damaged cylinder walls.

Get an Oil Change for Your Ford Escort

Help your 1998 Ford Escort run newer, longer with routine oil changes. Schedule your oil change appointment today.