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Old 04-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #101
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[QUOTE=jbird1955;3947717
One other item is to make sure the old gasket came off with the old filter. I had that happen to me once many moons ago.


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+1!!!!! I missed that on my first new motorcycle and the results were a BAD! Life lesson learned when the original seal gets stuck on.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:47 PM   #102
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First oil change today,,, at 2185 miles,,,,, because I wanted to. Went with Valvoline Synthetic. Had a good shake down trip to Michigan and back for 1200+ miles. Removing the felt panel was a breeze, the pan and filter very easy to reach with the help of a couple ramps. Registered with Valvoline for their 300,000 mile engine guarantee,,,, just to see how that goes, just in case. I like to keep a car a long time!! We will see.
Appreciate this thread for the info to get me started.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:45 PM   #103
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For a CYA make sure it meets the Ford spec in your owners manual. Otherwise Ford might try to weasel out of a future warranty claim.

Also wanted to re-iterate that my car also had the spoiler lip thing that has to be removed before the splash shield can be removed. Three screws, and they are a different size than the splash shield screws. The heads are all T30 but they are a different length.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:58 PM   #104
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I just picked up my 2012 Ti HB on Friday and am sizing up the oil change task but I have a question.

I don't have a garage with lift so I'd need to change the oil/filter without the aid of a lift and I don't think I'm going to be able to handle this task without lifting the front end enough to crawl under. Now, the problem is, if you lift the front up, and I'm thinking of using ramps to lift both front wheels about 8 inches, the car will be unlevel so how would that effect the oil draining? That is, with the nose up in this way will I be able to completely drain the oil?

I've looked through this thread and there's some pictures on about page 3 that seem to show the filter is to the front and the drain plug is to the rear and if that's true then lifting the front end would actually be better for draining -- is my observation correct with the filter to the front and the drain plug to the rear?


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^^+1 would like to know this too.
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Yes ... Lifting the front end is fine. Drain hole is to the rear a filter is forward. I used ramps and all seemed to work just fine.
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Yes ... Lifting the front end is fine. Drain hole is to the rear a filter is forward. I used ramps and all seemed to work just fine.
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I used Rhino Ramps. I could fit under, but just barely. It's a very tight fit considering you have to manipulate tools. I can't imagine a creeper would fit.

Also a warning about the filter - a LOT of oil comes out when you remove it. Have the drain pain underneath. My previous cars dripped hardly any oil from the filter and I was caught off-guard and it made a huge mess.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:37 PM   #109
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Yep, it's just enough room. But I used a creeper and I weigh 240. Perhaps it's the dip in my garage floor? Anyway, there is room to reach. You are right, the oil filter pukes a good bit of oil.....also, before that, when you let the drain plug loose it shoots rearward quite a bit so be ware.
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You guys are whimps. I did the oil change without lifting it - no ramps or anything. It was totally fine. The rear center screw of the felt cover was a little challenging to reach but no biggie.
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