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08-10-2016 12:45 PM
iceflow
Oil Extractor

Anyone used the Topsider extractor on these vehicles? If so how did it do? IF I can reach the filter without getting the ramps out and the Topsider will perform I'll do it myself rather than the Quick Lane.
I use the Topsider on my Mazda MPV, mainly for cleanliness as I can easily reach the drain plug on that vehicle. It sucks....dry. I pulled the drain plug after the first go with it and nary a drop of oil.
08-09-2016 11:56 PM
sailor This is all you need, anything else is optional/preference:http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/3934618-post1.html

Particularly for 5k change intervals.

(Hope the car choice is 'cause Dad doesn't drive far & Son is too far away to call for help - your call)
08-09-2016 11:39 PM
Heat1 I'm going to start doing my own oil change on my '12 Focus, had it for ~ 18 months now, been using Ford "The Works" but I'm tired of 1 hour+ waits.

Quick question: Is Castrol GTX "good enough", or should I go with Mobil 1? Also, assuming Mobil 1 is the answer, would the Fram Ulta Synthetic be fine for the filter? I will be changing the oil every 5,000 miles, easy enough to tell when it is due for a change (45k, 50k, 55k, etc).

'12 Focus, 5MT. It has about 45k on it now, unfortunately I don't drive it anymore, my 18 year old son has taken it over. My current driver is an '01 PT Cruiser. The things we do for our children.

Thanks!
07-18-2016 01:59 PM
rebelx
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Originally Posted by MHartfield View Post
I would find a new mechanic, quickly. Techron does very little, and you can add a quart of fuel cleaner once a year that does a better job at a lot less price. I put 350,000 miles on my Dodge Neon, and now 113,000+ miles on my Focus with probably 95% Costco gas. Never ANY problem with the injectors and fuel system. I've used Chevron several times to test it... no difference in MPG between Costco & Chevron. Now, Arco is a different story. I've never put it in my Focus, and never will. With my Neon, the Arco MPG was lower, and the one time I climbed a 7% grade with it, there was a little roughness in the engine and a loss of 2-3 MPH. Maybe it's become better in the 10 years or so I've stayed away from it.
Forgot to mention, this was at my Ford dealership! It wasn't at some independent mechanic.

We used to use Arco way back in the day and definitely had loss of MPG. I can't comment on engine power, but there was a definite reduction in MPG. This was also about 7-8 years ago.
07-18-2016 01:56 PM
MHartfield
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Originally Posted by rebelx View Post
At my recent oil change last week, the tech that did intake asked me if I filled up with Chevron. I responded that I probably do 90-10 Costco/Chevron. He said that Chevron keeps the engine the cleanest and that Costco was "basically like Arco." For those that don't have an Arco nearby, it's reputed as a lower level fuel (although has been Top Tier status for about a year now--I had no idea!).
I would find a new mechanic, quickly. Techron does very little, and you can add a quart of fuel cleaner once a year that does a better job at a lot less price. I put 350,000 miles on my Dodge Neon, and now 113,000+ miles on my Focus with probably 95% Costco gas. Never ANY problem with the injectors and fuel system. I used Chevron for a while when a client had the $0.20 Vons discount...(even with the discount, it wasn't less expensive than Costco but more convenient)... no difference in MPG between Costco & Chevron. Now, Arco is a different story. I've never put it in my Focus, and never will. With my Neon, the Arco MPG was lower, and the one time I climbed a 7% grade with it, there was a little roughness in the engine and a loss of 2-3 MPH. Maybe it's become better in the 10 years or so I've stayed away from it.
07-18-2016 01:44 PM
rebelx At my recent oil change last week, the tech that did intake asked me if I filled up with Chevron. I responded that I probably do 90-10 Costco/Chevron. He said that Chevron keeps the engine the cleanest and that Costco was "basically like Arco." For those that don't have an Arco nearby, it's reputed as a lower level fuel (although has been Top Tier status for about a year now--I had no idea!).

He then tried to sell me the 30k service (which includes a bunch of stuff not in the user manual) and a fuel injection cleaning service because I don't use Chevron all the time.

Not related to an oil change directly, but close enough since I was in there for an oil change.

Oddly enough, after my oil change, I've gotten used to feeling the car almost glide when accelerating. This feeling probably lasts a couple days to a week maximum. Everything just feels smoother. I didn't get that feeling when I had my oil changed last week, although my change interval was shorter than my previous few changes (around 7500-8000 instead of 9500m).
07-18-2016 11:34 AM
Elizabeth Ahhhhh....
Changed my oil last night. I feel SO much better now.
Mobil One 'Extended Performance' 5w30 and a Motorcraft FL400 filter.

Reset the oil gizmo, and feeling good.
(5,100 miles/8 months..on the old oil)
07-13-2016 07:30 AM
stefcio007 I just bought a Motorcraft Oil filter for AUD$14 (about USD$10.68 right now).
10L of Oil is around AUD$100, I wait till it is on sale anyway. Right now my other local Auto store has 20% off everything for RACV members (insurance company).

With my VW the only time I ever went a mechanic is if I needed work that would take me ages or I don't have the tools to do. They were top guys and charged reasonable prices and same day service, only used OEM parts.

I think everyone who has time should learn how to do an oil change themselves. I just drive my front end up on some wooden blocks and squeeze under the car and do the change.
07-11-2016 02:56 PM
rczrider
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Originally Posted by ferret15 View Post
Idk man, I just buy mobile one with a rebate and its like $25/change which I do either 2 times a year or 10k miles. If I spend $15 on a conventional change i'd have to do it atleast 4 times a year. So idk what kind deals your really getting but i'd rather run full synthetic in my car. If your putting on more than 10k miles every 6 months i wouldn't hesitate to do an oil change at that high of mileage with Mobile 1 , there are guys pushing past 10,000 miles and having the oil tested and its coming back as used, but still good.

That being said, I've found I can price out the whole change at less $10 if were looking at bottom dollar/change spent.
Yep. Rebates on Mobil 1 are pretty regular and I don't think I've paid more than $10 for 5 quarts since I bought the Focus 2 years ago. I've never paid more than $5 for a Purolator PureONE filter. I pay my local shop $20 to do the change since they're right next to work and it's a simple matter to drop off my car and walk to work.

$35 twice a year with quality parts and no work on my part is well worth it. A variety of shops will have a $20 conventional oil change at any given time, but as you noted, I'd have to do it more often. And I'm not sure I trust those quick lube places.
06-20-2016 03:27 AM
ferret15
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Originally Posted by Ajpaoluccii View Post
Great write up sir
I take a lot of cars to get their oil changed and it usually cheaper than what I pay for in the store. A long with a cheaper price. It's all personal preference.
Idk man, I just buy mobile one with a rebate and its like $25/change which I do either 2 times a year or 10k miles. If I spend $15 on a conventional change i'd have to do it atleast 4 times a year. So idk what kind deals your really getting but i'd rather run full synthetic in my car. If your putting on more than 10k miles every 6 months i wouldn't hesitate to do an oil change at that high of mileage with Mobile 1 , there are guys pushing past 10,000 miles and having the oil tested and its coming back as used, but still good.

That being said, I've found I can price out the whole change at less $10 if were looking at bottom dollar/change spent.
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