Ford Explorer: Engine - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS) / Removal and Installation - Oil Cooler

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Service Manual / Powertrain / Engine / Engine - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS) / Removal and Installation - Oil Cooler

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Hose Clamp Remover/Installer
Locking Pliers


NOTE: During engine repair procedures, cleanliness is extremely important. Any foreign material (including any material created while cleaning gasket surfaces) that enters the oil passages, coolant passages or the oil pan can cause engine failure.

  1. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
    Refer to: Jacking and Lifting - Overview (100-02 Jacking and Lifting, Description and Operation).
  1. Remove the bolts and the pin-type retainers and the rear underbody shield.
    1. Using hose locking pliers, clamp the oil cooler coolant hoses.
      Use the General Equipment: Locking Pliers
    1. Using the hose clamp remover, remove the coolant hoses.
      Use the General Equipment: Hose Clamp Remover/Installer
    • Remove the bolt and the oil cooler.
    • NOTICE: If metal or aluminum material is present in the oil cooler, mechanical concerns exist. Failure to correct these concerns may cause engine failure.

      To diagnose mechanical concerns.
      Refer to: Engine (303-00 Engine System - General Information, Diagnosis and Testing).
  1. Inspect and replace the oil cooler gasket, if damaged.


  1. Install the oil cooler and the bolt.
      Stage 1:  17 lb.ft (22.5 Nm)
      Stage 2:  75°
      Stage 3:  Wait 2s
      Stage 4:  15°
    1. Using the hose clamp installer, install the coolant hoses.
      Use the General Equipment: Hose Clamp Remover/Installer
    1. Remove the hose locking pliers.
  1. Install the rear underbody shield, bolts and the pin-type retainers.
    Torque: 22 (2.5 Nm)
  1. Inspect and adjust the engine coolant level.
    Refer to: Specifications (303-03A Engine Cooling - 2.3L EcoBoost (201kW/273PS), Specifications).

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    4 Inch Display

    A - Tachometer.

    B - Information display.

    C - Speedometer.

    D - Fuel gauge.

    E - Engine coolant temperature gauge.

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