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12-11-2012 03:17 PM
flingwing1969
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Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
FWIW:
I just changed the oil this weekend (9700 miles).
I would extrapolate the oil consumption to be 1 quart per 8000~10000 miles.
Changed oil the last time at 18k - 3rd time since new - 7k and zero oil use.
12-11-2012 03:05 PM
IH84DZ
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It is stamped in the book as being serviced and when I got the spark plugs changed it was that very garage I used as I wanted them to clarify that it had been serviced.
I bought a 5 letter oil two weeks later and used nearly half to re fill the oil and this morning I have used the rest of that same bottle of oil to refill again.
I between I have probably done 1000 miles
Consider the possibility someone stamped a book without doing the work. Sure sounds like it's losing oil but there are types of leaks that only occur when the engine is running so it's possible the oil is leaking but you don't see a puddle under the car.

Until a pro does a proper consumption test and inspection there is no practicality in speculating how the oil is being lost.
12-11-2012 10:50 AM
Karenj
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Originally Posted by IH84DZ View Post
Anyone's guess because you are going on someone's "word" that it had been "serviced". Don't panic until you've done a proper oil consumption test.


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It is stamped in the book as being serviced and when I got the spark plugs changed it was that very garage I used as I wanted them to clarify that it had been serviced.
I bought a 5 letter oil two weeks later and used nearly half to re fill the oil and this morning I have used the rest of that same bottle of oil to refill again.
I between I have probably done 1000 miles
12-11-2012 10:45 AM
IH84DZ
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I have a ford focus 1.8 sport which iv owned for 3 months. When purchased it had "apparently" just been serviced. However was running jagged very juddery . I took it back and it was given new spark plugs and seemed fine. Two weeks later the oil light came on an I checked the dip stick to find it was dry as a bone ??! I replaced the oil and the light went off it was running fine .... Until 3-4 weeks after that I check the oil once again and it is empty :/ I don't do excessive mileage nor is it leaking the cap is clear of any sinister gunge .... What is wrong with this piece of shite please help ?
Anyone's guess because you are going on someone's "word" that it had been "serviced". Don't panic until you've done a proper oil consumption test.
12-11-2012 05:56 AM
Karenj I have a ford focus 1.8 sport which iv owned for 3 months. When purchased it had "apparently" just been serviced. However was running jagged very juddery . I took it back and it was given new spark plugs and seemed fine. Two weeks later the oil light came on an I checked the dip stick to find it was dry as a bone ??! I replaced the oil and the light went off it was running fine .... Until 3-4 weeks after that I check the oil once again and it is empty :/ I don't do excessive mileage nor is it leaking the cap is clear of any sinister gunge .... What is wrong with this piece of shite please help ?
11-19-2012 04:27 PM
IH84DZ Doing what the book says or what the vehicle says is different than using a number the oil maker says you can get away with. That's all I meant
11-19-2012 03:04 PM
suss6052
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Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
AFAIK, the oil life monitoring system may indicate an oil change interval of up to 10,000 miles.
The owners manual quotes a maximum interval of 12 months/ 10,000 miles as the maximum reccomended oil change interval from Ford, if the OLM does not indicate that the oil needed to be changed before this point this was the point at which you should change it if going by the iOLM vs the manual.
11-19-2012 02:57 PM
Kabigon
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Originally Posted by IH84DZ View Post
If you used the super-duper top shelf AMSOIL with the proper viscosity but changed it every 10,000 miles because AMSOIL's testing said it could be done I'd tell you "Claim denied, you should go talk to AMSOIL"
AFAIK, the oil life monitoring system may indicate an oil change interval of up to 10,000 miles.
11-19-2012 12:13 PM
IH84DZ 1 qt per 1500 miles is Ford's current limit on acceptable oil consumption.

Determining the amount of oil consumed must be done a specific way so until this test is performed you have no accurate measurement of oil lost

My opinion as a former Ford engineer is that 1qt per 1500 is quite a bit for a new vehicle. I've never owned a car that consumed that much without gobs of blue smoke and I'd frankly be disappointed if my brand new car required me to add oil every two tanks of fuel to keep it in check. But, this is the spec and these are the things you consider when buying a new car.

For comparison, in 2009 Toyota's consumption spec was 1qt per 800 miles....

Also, AMSOIL is definitely good stuff. My view on using Royal Purple, Mobil 1 and AMSOIL as a means to extend change intervals is that it should NOT be done while the vehicle is under it's warranty period. Based on my experience with legal cases, buybacks and BBB inspections - the manufacturer's scheduled interval (or oil life monitor) is the chief. Keep in mind the recommended intervals are adjusted by how the vehicle is used. Any dispute of wear, failure, sludging - any issue related to the lubrication system will be compared to documentation of oil changes per the manufacturers recommended interval. Proving you changed the oil when it was supposed to be changed is the first thing. Using the right API rating and viscosity comes second. The brand of oil and any analysis results come third.

If I were a buyback arbtrator I wouldn't care what brand of oil you used as long as it met the latest API rating, was changed correctly per the recommended interval and was the proper viscosity. If you used the super-duper top shelf AMSOIL with the proper viscosity but changed it every 10,000 miles because AMSOIL's testing said it could be done I'd tell you "Claim denied, you should go talk to AMSOIL"
11-19-2012 11:39 AM
BrApple
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Where is this documented? I would love to have that reference.
I'm pretty sure its stated in the owners manual.
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