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Old 12-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by ricomtl View Post
I got my first oil change 2 weeks ago at 10,500km... the light never came on...
Originally Posted by cbdallas View Post
...If you don't see a reminder by the time you've driven 10,000 miles...
Originally Posted by NCFocus12 View Post
...Change your oil at 5k if you do a lot of city driving, 7500 if you've got at least half highway. And if you hardly drive at all, change it every 12 months if you haven't hit those mileages.
Originally Posted by kam327 View Post
FWIW my oil change alert showed up yesterday at 10,250 miles. Right on schedule...
Originally Posted by e30og View Post
...I did have the dealer do the first change at 7500 (I decided that), and I am assuming they reset it because I changed the oil myself...
Originally Posted by walter williams View Post
...Did the dealer not reset the "change oil" notice or did he change it to come on in three months (if that is possible)?...
Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
Most likely it was not reset after the previous oil change so the iolm thinks its been 10k+ miles...
Originally Posted by flingwing1969 View Post
...The manual does say to not worry about the mileage between oil changes, to rely upon the monitor...
Hey everyone!

In case anyone missed my introduction, Iím the Ford Service rep for the boards now. In some cases, itís possible the dealer didnít reset it for the last oil change. Also, changing the oil too soon doesnít hurt anything. I see a lot of great suggestions (thanks, guys), so Iíll add what it states on page 382 of the 2012MY Focus Owner Guide 5th Printing:

ďYour vehicle is equipped with the Intelligent Oil Life Monitorô (IOLM) system which displays a message in the message center at the proper oil change service interval; this interval may be up to one year or 10,000 miles (16,000 km). When ENGINE OIL CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED appears in the message center display, itís time for an oil change; the oil change must be done within two weeks or 500 miles (800 km) of the ENGINE OIL CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message appearing. The Intelligent Oil Life Monitorô must be reset after each oil change; refer to the Instrument Cluster chapter.

If your message center is prematurely reset or becomes inoperative, you should perform the oil change interval at six months or 5,000 miles (8,000 km) from your last oil change.

Your vehicle is very sophisticated and built with multiple complex performance systems. Every manufacturer develops these systems using different specifications and performance features. Thatís why itís important to rely upon your dealership to properly diagnose and repair your vehicle.

Ford Motor Company has recommended maintenance intervals for various parts and component systems based upon engineering testing. Ford Motor Company relies upon this testing to determine the most appropriate mileage for replacement of oils and fluids to protect your vehicle at the lowest overall cost to you and recommends against maintenance schedules that deviate from the scheduled maintenance information.Ē

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