My 2013 Ford Escape SUV computer indicates "oil change required" and oil level is ok. Can I still drive within a two(2)mile radius without damaging the engine?

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Asked by Apr 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM about the 2013 Ford Escape S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am disabled and on a fixed income and will not be able to have the oil change until 05/20. Can I hold off until then without damaging the engine? I do not go far.

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How many miles are on the current oil?

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My book shows 5 to 7000 miles before change. So as long as the oil level is at the full mark you should not have any problems unless you are in dusty conditions then you might be in trouble. Also feel the oil off of the dipstick, if it feels slick with no gritty feeling, if you feel grit you need to change it now, if not then you are good to go. It is a good idea to read the owners manual these days as they do contain a lot of information, not like the old days when they just showed the basic stuff about the vehicle.

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Thank you for the response: a. Oil @ full mark b. " is slick with 0 grit Reading manuals is SOP for me, I have attended and graduated multiple technical schools including diesels + plus employed on ship/engineering and rail road operating equipment + twenty two (22) yrs in the military which included missiles.. I am highly cautious when it comes to aluminum alloy engines

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Your 2013 Escape is equipped with an oil management system that monitors the oil life based on your driving habits. If the car is used mainly for short drives the oil should be changed more often. This system monitors that. Your car should be safe to drive until you can afford an oil change however the sooner the better. Have the technician reset your oil monitor at the time of the change.

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