Ford approvals are used when selecting engine oils for Ford, Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles.
Automotive leader Ford pays particular attention to the requirements for the oils and fluids used in the vehicles that roll off its assembly lines. Oils and fluids are tested according to the most rigorous and time-consuming tests by the company’s engineers.
Ford oil approvals, like those of other manufacturers, cannot be called a fad or something completely unnecessary. Proprietary specifications have been developed to ensure maximum performance and a level of protection for ever more advanced vehicle components.
What is the Ford specification?
Ford specifications are symbolic designations of engine oil properties for a specific type of Ford vehicle and it is by these that you select the oil for your Ford vehicle. By choosing an oil to the appropriate specification you ensure that you are using the correct oil for your Ford.
Ford engine oil approvals
Many major manufacturers started to introduce their own specifications for oils and operating fluids back in the 90s, and Ford Motor Company was not left out and introduced its own tolerances for Ford oil.
Engine oil, initial and service filling, SAE 5W-30. This specification complies with ILSAC GF-2 and ACEA A1-98 and B1-98 as well as additional requirements of Ford.
Ford Specification M2C913-B is issued in Europe for first fill engine oils used in the lubrication of spark-ignition petrol engines and compression-ignition diesel engines. This specification is also used to define engine oils for Ford engine maintenance where applicable. The oil must meet all requirements of the ILSAC GF-2 and GF-3 specification, the ACEA A1-98 and B1-98 specification as well as additional Ford requirements.
Fully backwards compatible and highly recommended for all applications where the Ford M2C913-B specification is currently required. The new engine oil offers various consumer benefits such as improved fuel economy and high biodiesel resistance.
Introduced in 2012, oils meeting this specification are recommended for all Ford diesel engines except Ford Ka TDCi models produced before 2009 and Ford Galaxy 1.9 TDi models produced from 2000 to 2006. A product compliant with this specification is especially recommended for diesel engines where originally M2C913-B or M2C913-C oils were required. Oil complying with this specification must be used in Ford Transit vehicles from build 2012 with a Duratorq 2.2 engine. Oils meeting this specification can be used with extended oil change intervals and are also suitable for use in engines running on biodiesel or diesel fuels with high sulphur content.
SAE 5W40 viscosity engine oil for diesel engines with pump injectors.
Engine oil with extended drain interval for vehicles fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
Special engine oil for Ford Focus RS. The viscosity should be SAE 0W-40.
Based largely on the ACEA C2 oil sequence, this specification requires a low SAPS 5W20 oil and is intended primarily for the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Contains its own fuel economy and piston deposit control tests. Oils meeting this specification should deliver a 0.9% improvement in fuel economy compared to conventional 5W-20 oils.
Special engine oil for Ford Focus Diesel 2.0 from September 2014 and Ford Mondeo Diesel 2.0 from 2015. Viscosity must be SAE 0W-30.
Fluids for manual gearboxes
Special gear oil for Ford Kuga transfer case.
Special gear oil for Haldex couplings.
Mechanical gear oil SAE 90 with EP additive and friction modifier.
API GL-4, SAE 80W90 gear oil for Ford Type N transmissions manufactured before 1990.
Friction modified transmission oil for Ford MT75 transmissions.
SAE 75W140 hypoid gear oil for conventional and limited slip rear differentials.
Ford M2C192-A + M2C118-A
Synthetic hypoid gear oil with friction modifier.
Hypo differential oil with EP properties.
Ford M2C197-A + M2C118-A
Special Trac-Lok formula for the rear axles.
Synthetic, SAE 75W90 grade, API GL-4 or GL-5 hypoid gear oil with EP-properties.
Synthetic gear oils based on polyalphaolefin (PAO).
Synthetic polyalphaolefin (PAO) based gear oil with viscosity modifier and extreme pressure additive (EP).
Thermostable hypoid gear oil for front differentials. Conforms to MIL-L-2105D and API GL-5
SAE 75W90 synthetic gear oil for rear differentials.
Special gear oil for some double clutch transmissions.
Multifunctional hypoid gear oil of SAE class 80W90 or 80W. Meets the requirements of API GL-5 and MIL-L-2105C.
Ford N052145 VX00
VW G 052 145 equivalent to Ford specification. Fully synthetic, complies with API GL-4 and SAE 75W90.
Fluids for automatic transmissions
Automatic transmission fluid specification for use in Ford automatic transmissions.
Ford Mercon V
Ford Mercon V Technical Data. Automatic transmission fluid with improved protection against rust, corrosion, deposits and wear. Improves gear shifting at low temperatures and protects against transmission shaking. Mercon V is fully backwards compatible with Mercon.