2006 Ford Explorer Oil Drain Plug Torque Specs

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    • Changing your engine oil saves time and money. Most companies charge upwards of $40 for a basic oil change. The important aspects of an oil change include installing the proper filter, choosing the best oil option and using the proper torque on the drain plug. In 2006, Ford Motor Company offered the Explorer with two engine options: a 4.0L six-cylinder engine and a 4.6L eight-cylinder engine. Specifications for each are slightly different.

    Drain Plug Torque

    • For the 4.0L six-cylinder, torque the drain plug to 18 foot-pounds of torque. For the 4.6L eight-cylinder, use 19 foot-pounds of torque.


    • Ford Explorers in 2006 use a metal and rubber combination gasket characterized by a flat, brass outer ring surrounding a rubber center gasket.

    Removal and Installation

    • When removing the drain plug, inspect the plug and the gasket for damage. Any signs of wear and tear on the threads, torn rubber on the gasket or rounding of the head of the plug indicate the piece should be replaced. Replacement parts are available at any auto parts retailer.

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