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How to Change Oil on a Ford Tractor

By Daniel Ray ; Updated September 21, 2017

Oil is the lifeblood of your Ford tractor's engine. Frequent changing of the oil and filter will help the engine survive the tough conditions under which many tractors operate. Planning ahead will help make changing the oil a more pleasant task. Little things like using gloves and having the correct tools will make the job easier. Always remember that regular oil changes are very important and should not be skipped or rushed.

How to Change Oil on a Ford Tractor

Park the tractor on a level surface and let the engine run for 15 minutes. Chock the tires so that the tractor cannot move. Turn the engine off after it has warmed up.

Locate the oil drain plug on the bottom of the oil pan. Place the drain pan so that it will catch the old oil. Place a few shop rags close in case of spills.

Remove the oil drain plug with the adjustable wrench. Ensure that the drain pan is correctly positioned to catch the oil. Use caution as the oil will be hot. Let the oil drain for 10 to 15 minutes.

Use the adjustable wrench to remove the cap on the oil filter canister. Locate the oil filter drain plug on the bottom of the canister. Remove this with the adjustable wrench and drain the canister. Reinstall drain plug when the canister is empty.

Remove the old oil filter and install the new one. Install a new cap gasket in the cap and reinstall, using caution not to over-tighten the cap.

Clean the wire mesh screen on the oil pan drain plug and inspect for any holes or debris in the screen. Reinstall the drain plug using caution not to over-tighten the plug.

Remove the oil fill cap and add 6 quarts of oil. Replace the cap and operate the engine. Check for proper oil pressure and also look for any leaks at the drain plugs.


Things You Will Need

  • Oil filter and cap gasket
  • Oil drain pan with a 6-quart capacity
  • 6 quarts oil
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Shop rags
  • Latex gloves


  • Use latex gloves to keep your hands clean.
  • Dispose of oil at a recycling center.


  • Use caution when working under any kind of vehicle.

About the Author


Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.