Using higher viscosity oil

Asked by Oct 27, 2017 at 12:17 PM about the 2007 Ford Escape

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2007 Escape Hybrid w 147K miles has been burning through oil a good
bit faster these days.  I am the original owner and love the car, so I don't mind
keeping an eye on the oil levels, but several people have recommended
using a thicker oil to manage the problem.

I have used a 5w20 (recommended) syth blend since the beginning.

Does it make any sense to go thicker?

5 Answers

92,295

Try 5W-30 oil. If that does not help try 10W-40. How many miles does it take to lose a quart of oil?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Maybe a quart every 500-700 miles? The question mark is because it's my second car so usage is random. I typically just check it every 3 weeks or so and add what it needs. But I think 500-700 miles is right. I know one time I had put 2.5 K on it or so and it was WAY low.

270,255

yup, go with 5w-30

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks F_O_R and Tom. That is what I'll do!

58,335

Try some high mileage oil at the 5w30 grade. It may or may not help, but shouldn't cause any issues.

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