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12-14-2012 12:09 PM
lookin4trouble
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Originally Posted by Artex View Post
Did they just wipe the engine bay or steam clean it in your case?
My dealer power-washed the entire engine bay and hood-liner initially. The HVAC system still smelled like burning oil after the power washing, so i brought it back and they replaced the hood-liner and filters. No smell since everything was replaced.
12-13-2012 06:45 PM
flyboyike
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Originally Posted by c5karl View Post
A more likely explanation: The person who filled the oil never put the cap back on. He (or possibly she) left the cap resting right where you found it. It's an easy thing to forget.
And it stayed put for 5,800 miles?
12-13-2012 04:19 PM
Some Guy From NY
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Originally Posted by dan50 View Post
The "Do not add oil" statement is really to keep the average owner from dumping in a full quart of oil whenever the level is less than full. It's fine and good to add oil if the level is down only a bit, just don't overfill.

In your case, as the Focus' oil capacity is 4.5 quarts, I wonder if the dealers decided to save a couple bucks and only put in 4?
I don't know...it was TWO different dealers in TWO different STATES.
12-13-2012 09:51 AM
dan50
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Originally Posted by Some Guy From NY View Post
I have had 2 dealership performed oil changes, from 2 different dealerships and they do not fill it to the full mark. It has both times been in the middle of the 2 dots on the dipstick. I asked the last dealership about this and they said it was properly filled. When looking in the owners manual it also notes that if there is oil between the 2 dots to NOT ADD OIL.
The "Do not add oil" statement is really to keep the average owner from dumping in a full quart of oil whenever the level is less than full. It's fine and good to add oil if the level is down only a bit, just don't overfill.

In your case, as the Focus' oil capacity is 4.5 quarts, I wonder if the dealers decided to save a couple bucks and only put in 4?
12-13-2012 08:29 AM
Some Guy From NY
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Originally Posted by Rogerschro View Post
Yea, Misunderstood the statement to mean half oil was lost not half quart on stick. So disregard my thoughts on that. being 1/2 quart low can happen just with a new filter if they didn't run it to fill and then top off. I suspect that is what happened and they forgot to replace the cap. move along folks, nothing to see here.....LOL. To the OP, glad they are getting it taken care of.
I have had 2 dealership performed oil changes, from 2 different dealerships and they do not fill it to the full mark. It has both times been in the middle of the 2 dots on the dipstick. I asked the last dealership about this and they said it was properly filled. When looking in the owners manual it also notes that if there is oil between the 2 dots to NOT ADD OIL.
12-13-2012 07:02 AM
Rogerschro
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Originally Posted by flingwing1969 View Post
I think he means half way between full and add in the cross hatched area. About 1/2 quart low.
Yea, Misunderstood the statement to mean half oil was lost not half quart on stick. So disregard my thoughts on that. being 1/2 quart low can happen just with a new filter if they didn't run it to fill and then top off. I suspect that is what happened and they forgot to replace the cap. move along folks, nothing to see here.....LOL. To the OP, glad they are getting it taken care of.
12-13-2012 06:10 AM
Kabigon
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Originally Posted by flingwing1969 View Post
I think he means half way between full and add in the cross hatched area. About 1/2 quart low.
My questions were rhetorical.
Perhaps you should be responding to the post that I was responding to.

BTW, I do agree with what you are saying (in which case it's impossible to determine how much oil was lost because any car could be 1/2 qt. low).
12-13-2012 01:01 AM
flingwing1969
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Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
How is "down 1/2" worrying or excessive when it is not clearly defined?

In any case, how could you possibly know that half of the oil is gone without adding more oil?
I think he means half way between full and add in the cross hatched area. About 1/2 quart low.
12-12-2012 08:40 PM
Kabigon
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Originally Posted by Rogerschro View Post
The fact that it is down 1/2 is worrying.

I don't know for this engine but usually there is a baffle to prevent oil from splashing out if the cap is off but would allow for some oil vapor to coat the engine, but 1/2 of it being down is to me very excessive.
How is "down 1/2" worrying or excessive when it is not clearly defined?

In any case, how could you possibly know that half of the oil is gone without adding more oil?
12-12-2012 08:15 PM
Artex I think I'm going to pay them a visit again. Did they just wipe the engine bay or steam clean it in your case? They didn't even mention anything about the cabin air filters; then again it doesn't smell in there anymore. I did try to have em put something about this incident on the receipt but he claimed that he already "closed that ticket". It doesnt seem like they steam cleaned my engine- just wiped it off half a**ed. Did they write something on your ticket?
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