|08-10-2016 12:45 PM|
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|
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|
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.
|07-18-2016 01:59 PM|
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|
|07-18-2016 01:44 PM|
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|
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|
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|
$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|
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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