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Old 02-27-2013, 06:06 PM   #250
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Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
I just changed my oil for the third time today, on my 2012 Focus.
I have ramps I made which lift the wheels about 3" and that is the minumum needed to get under the car to unscrew the underengine cover.
I may add another inch of wood to raise it just that little bit to make it easier.
I let the oil stay in for 5,000miles this last time, and that was too long IMO considering how the oil looked and felt.
I will do it at 4,000miles next time.
I feel I am getting near too old to change it. Just annoying to scamper around under the car!!
I love how I can feel the engine is better right after an oil change. Runs smoother and revs easier.
5,000 miles is just fine and is right in line with recommendations. Many vehicle manufactures now recommend 7,500 miles. BMW goes up to 15,000 miles and several European manufacturers are in the same ball park. No need to excessively change oil anymore and in fact, doing so can cause premature engine wear to occur.
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