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Old 12-13-2012, 12:01 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:10 AM   #12
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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).
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:29 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:51 AM   #15
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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?
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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.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #17
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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?
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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.
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