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Old 06-30-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Intelligent Oil Life Monitor

(Please note, I don't want this to become a discussion of when to change the oil, but to keep this thread about the iOLM in the 2012 Focus).

Under the scheduled maintenance section, the manual says the 2012 Focus has an intelligent oil life monitor (iOLM) that measures engine operating characteristics to recommend oil change intervals (similar to GM and on new Hondas). The manual says to see the chapter on Instrument Cluster for directions on how to reset it.

There's no additional information in my manual about the iOLM. I'm not seeing a menu item for it under MyFord. My buddy's 2011 Edge does have a menu item for this on his MyFord.

Furthermore, when I did my vehicle health report today, the report told me my car is due for an oil change in about 19,400 miles, which is exactly 20,000 minus my current mileage, and way outside what the device should be recommending.

I'm left wondering if the iOLM is not enabled on my car, or possibly any of the 2012 Foci. Is anyone getting an oil change estimate on their vehicle health report that coincides with what the owners manual says, which is 7,500 to 10,000 for normal driving?

Or am I missing something here?


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Old 06-30-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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I've downloaded the 2nd printing of the Owner's Manual. There you can find information about the Intelligent Oil Life Monitor on page 386.

I also found this in the Scheduled Maintenance section:

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As indicated by the message center: do not
exceed one year or 10,000 miles (16,000 km)
Your 19,400 miles to go reading might be off because you have so few miles at this time.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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I've downloaded the 2nd printing of the Owner's Manual. There you can find information about the Intelligent Oil Life Monitor on page 386.
Yes, that's the same printing as my manual. If you look on the next page, it says "Reset your Intelligent Oil Life MonitorTM after each engine oil and filter change; refer to the Instrument Cluster chapter"

There's no information in *that* chapter.

You may be right about me having so few miles, which is why I posted on here, to see what people with a few thousand miles are getting on their vehicle health report.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:32 AM   #4
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My dad's BMW 328 has a similar system. It's been telling him to change at about 20,000 mile intervals. No engine problems yet and he's approaching 100k. I think synthetic oils have a much longer lifespan than we think they do.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:38 AM   #5
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My dad's BMW 328 has a similar system. It's been telling him to change at about 20,000 mile intervals. No engine problems yet and he's approaching 100k. I think synthetic oils have a much longer lifespan than we think they do.
That may very well be, but the 2012 Focus isn't running a full synthetic oil and also that the manual specifically outlines 10,000 as the longest interval for oil.

My personal car maintenance philosophy is to maintain the car, but not over- or under- maintain. I changed my oil on my last car every 7,500 miles as per the owner's manual and got the car up to 170k before I sold it.

I actually have faith in the iOLM technology, but I'm concerned that there's no way to see the current oil life. Maybe I just don't like surprises, but I'd rather know that I'm down to 30% oil life so I can figure out when to make time to take the car in for service, versus having the 5% "Oil Change Soon" surprise me.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:46 PM   #6
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I downloaded the second edition of the owner's manual. It has this information:
Resetting the oil life monitoring system
1. Turn the ignition key to the on position. Do not start the engine. For vehicles with push-button start, press and hold the START/STOP button for two seconds without pressing the brake pedal. Do not attempt to start the engine.
2. Press both the accelerator and brake pedals at the same time. 3. Keep both pedals fully pressed.
4. After three seconds, the Service: Oil reset in prog. message will be displayed.
5. After 25 seconds, the Service: Oil reset complete message will be displayed.
6. Release both the accelerator and brake pedals.
7. The Service: Oil reset complete message will no longer be displayed.
8. Rotate the key to the off position. For vehicles with push-button start, press the START/STOP button to turn the vehicle off completely.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:48 PM   #7
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Ah, you rock. It's not in the Instrument Cluster section, but still under Maintenance. You rock!

I'm still curious about the 19,400 miles remaining message :-)
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Tiger beat me to the answer. They really have you bouncing around the sections to find what you're looking for.

There probably aren't too many people who've owned the 2012 long enough to get the Message Center display about changing the oil. A few may be over 7500 miles, so hopefully anyone who has seen the message will chime in.
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Tiger beat me to the answer. They really have you bouncing around the sections to find what you're looking for.

There probably aren't too many people who've owned the 2012 long enough to get the Message Center display about changing the oil. A few may be over 7500 miles, so hopefully anyone who has seen the message will chime in.
Indeed. I know there are a few people with 5k or more on here, so I'd be curious if they used the vehicle health report and see when it'd spec to go in from an oil change.

I'm a bit surprised there's no menu screen to see something along the lines of, "Oil Life: 90%", like on other vehicles.
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6.200 and waiting.
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