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Old 07-16-2011, 06:56 PM   #11
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It's a chain.
Thats good to know. Thanks
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:41 AM   #12
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I noticed this too, it seems there is no scheduled maintenance other than oil changes, tire rotation and various air filter changes until 6 years or 100k miles(160k km's). Of course, they still tried to sell me a 5 year/100,000km pre-paid maintenance plan for $1850. Uhh...no thanks.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:20 PM   #13
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It's a chain.
Is there a source on this? Everything I've read presumes it to be a belt. I don't honestly know.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:25 PM   #14
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I looked it up on Ford Parts, it is listed as a timing chain. Also found some photos of the engine with the timing chain cover off. I will post the links in a bit.

Here is the link to the engine showing the chain:
http://rumors.automobilemag.com/file...d-engine-1.jpg
And another:
http://rumors.automobilemag.com/file...d-engine-2.jpg

And here is the link to Ford Parts:
http://www.fordparts.com/Commerce/Ca...WLK+LH7viyyDAr
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Thanks, that's great! That certainly does knock off a good bit of maintenance.
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I'm glad its a chain for sure. 4 cylinders with a timing belt was a pet peeve of mine.
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:00 PM   #17
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Yes, was just trying to find info chain or belt and this thread popped up in Google.
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Ummm, I guess I got screwed! I was offered a 5 year/55k maintenance for $720 but was not informed that you only need to change oil for every 7.5k or when the maintenance reminder shows up. Do you think I can cancel the service plan and get a refund? I have not used anything yet. I guess I'm pissed in a way that dealers will offer such service plans when the cost is way more than what it will actually cost you without it. When it was offered to me, I initially thought it made sense because they presented it like "okay, if you change your oil every 3.5k miles, in 55k miles, you would've gone in for about 15 oil changes. $30 average oil change will cost you $450 plus your every 7.5k interval maintenance." How am I supposed to know that the car I'm buying only needs an oil change every 10k miles? =(
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There isn't a lot to do on the Focus, but there is more than oil changes in the first 100k: air filters (30k), cabin air filter (20k?), engine coolant (6 years on factory fill, 3 years after), tire rotation.

While the DCT has a "lifetime" lubricant, its capacity is quite small and a drain and refill looks to be easy and straightforward. With the trauma some DCTs have early in their lives, a drain and refill around 30k doesn't seem like a bad idea. My Mazda 6 speed manual calls for a fluid change every 4 years/50k - don't think the environment it lives in would be much different from the DCT's. The stuff I drained out of the Mazda at about 15k looked pretty nasty.
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There isn't a lot to do on the Focus, but there is more than oil changes in the first 100k: air filters (30k), cabin air filter (20k?), engine coolant (6 years on factory fill, 3 years after), tire rotation.

While the DCT has a "lifetime" lubricant, its capacity is quite small and a drain and refill looks to be easy and straightforward. With the trauma some DCTs have early in their lives, a drain and refill around 30k doesn't seem like a bad idea. My Mazda 6 speed manual calls for a fluid change every 4 years/50k - don't think the environment it lives in would be much different from the DCT's. The stuff I drained out of the Mazda at about 15k looked pretty nasty.
If someone is experiencing problems with the DCT, an early transmission fluid change wouldn't be the worst idea. I don't know how involved the change is though. With the VW DSG, you need VAG-COM or some other diagnostic software to make sure the fluid is at the right temp. It is also triple the fluid, and costs $20 a liter. Then there is a special tool to feed the new fluid in the transmission. I made one out of a funnel, plastic tubing, and other Home Depot parts instead. That was done on my last DSG vehicle at 40K miles. I wouldn't do the fluid change until the issues are fixed, or around the 60K warranty expiration.
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