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Old 12-19-2012, 01:42 PM   #11
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Warranty Oil Changes

The oil change interval for the new Ford Focus is every 10kmiles/1year whichever comes first. Ford recommends motorcraft synthetic blend which is the reason for the longer interval. The synthetic blend will break down much slower than conventional oil.

Over time (1 year) the additives can begin to separate making the oil not lubricate as well. Therefor, even if you have only driven 1000 miles but have not had the oil changed in a year, it is time to get it changed.

As far as the warranty is concerned, as long as you change it every 10000 miles or 1 year (whichever comes first) you will be covered. If you want to, you can change it more often, but as long as it is changed by the recommended interval, you're good. Just make sure the dealership is using what they should be, which is the motorcraft synthetic blend.

Edit: Also, if you drive more strenuously than normal (high temps, high speeds, hard accel, etc.) you may want to change the oil a little more often. All these things can lead to a faster breakdown of your oil and therefor poor lubrication. This has nothing to do with warranty interval. More of an informational piece. :)

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:41 PM   #12
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Oil change frequency and voiding warranty

Still curious if anyone has official word on what maintenance practices for oil change interval would void the warranty. The warranty says to follow the schedule in the car manual. I agree the car manual says at a minimum to change the oil every 10K miles or 1 year, but gives some guidance on possibly changing sooner.

Just had my first change at the dealer after 6 months + 2 weeks and 5800 miles. I asked the technician how frequently I should change my oil and he said it wasn't dirty when he changed it and that I could probably go to 7500 or longer (and could check my "change oil" indicator to judge). He volunteered that while I could do this, I may void warranty if I don't change with enough frequency. I asked what the standard of frequency is to avoid voiding the warranty and he said it was measured by what the service shop recommends for my next change (on that little sticker they put in your upper left windshield). The sticker has me due for another change in 4 months or 5K miles.

Does anyone know how the warranty voiding actually works? Independent of whether I SHOULD change my oil more frequently, will I get voided for, say, changing my oil at 4,000 additional miles but a month after the 4 month window they just suggested to me? Did waiting over 6 months and 5,800 miles for my first change put me in any jeopardy?
Looking to see if anyone has actual knowledge beyond just guesses.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:21 PM   #13
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Still curious if anyone has official word on what maintenance practices for oil change interval would void the warranty. The warranty says to follow the schedule in the car manual. I agree the car manual says at a minimum to change the oil every 10K miles or 1 year, but gives some guidance on possibly changing sooner.

Just had my first change at the dealer after 6 months + 2 weeks and 5800 miles. I asked the technician how frequently I should change my oil and he said it wasn't dirty when he changed it and that I could probably go to 7500 or longer (and could check my "change oil" indicator to judge). He volunteered that while I could do this, I may void warranty if I don't change with enough frequency. I asked what the standard of frequency is to avoid voiding the warranty and he said it was measured by what the service shop recommends for my next change (on that little sticker they put in your upper left windshield). The sticker has me due for another change in 4 months or 5K miles.

Does anyone know how the warranty voiding actually works? Independent of whether I SHOULD change my oil more frequently, will I get voided for, say, changing my oil at 4,000 additional miles but a month after the 4 month window they just suggested to me? Did waiting over 6 months and 5,800 miles for my first change put me in any jeopardy?
Looking to see if anyone has actual knowledge beyond just guesses.
Thanks!
You only have to change your oil every 12 months or 10,000 miles to keep your warranty intact.. Keep in mind that Ford recommends motorcraft synthetic blend and every ford dealership is suppose to use it when changing you oil. This is what allows you to go 10,000 miles. If you dont use this oil, your warranty can be voided. You could probably use a different synthetic blend or full synthetic without issue. Changing more frequently will obviously not void your warranty. If you drive your car hard, in extreme heat, or in dusty conditions, you may want to change more often because your oil may break down faster, but this doesn't affect your warranty either way.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:57 PM   #14
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I'm a dealer with warranty experience.

1. Your warranty being voided is EXTREMELY RARE. A dealer CANNOT void your warranty a maufuctor has to do it. Here's how the process works.
A. Dealer thinks you caused dmg to vehicle therefore voiding warranty, dealer contacts Ford who sends out a tech to do an inspection.
B. Tech will determine if Ford should void the warranty or not.

When it comes to things like Oil changes etc it's pretty obvious between those who do maintain their cars and those who don't. Also their is a wide safety margin built in. Like lets say it says you have to do an oil change every 10k miles or 1 year. Well if you do 10k miles in 14 months your most likely going be ok.

The one time I saw a warranty legitmately voided was a Ford Mustang GT. A lady bought it from me and drove the living crap out of it, somewhere in the 20,000~ mile range her engine blew. As the tech told me the oil was basically non-existent at that point. She was somewhere north of 20,000 miles. Her warranty was voided.

Another instance (female ironically) didn't change her oil, it wasn't as obvious and Chrysler told us if she can have a mechanic (any mechainc) write up a letter saying that he maintained the car they would repair her engine. She of course was a moron and didn't do that. By the way we lined up a mechanic he was going do it free of charge too. Her engine recently blew and she's out of a car. She truly is a moron...

Per who changes your oil, doesn't really matter as long as the person whose doing it knows what they are doing. Your grandma can do it, you can do it, a dealership can do it, hell if you can teach a monkey to do it they can do it too. The only time this will be questioned is if it's obvious it was done WRONG. Keep receipts that's always handy.

For you car nuts, 3,000 miles not needed, 5,000 miles not needed. Change your oil when it asks you to change its oil. if your sales person says "Every 3,000 miles' pay close attention cause he'll prob follow up with "And our service techs are some of the best in the business". No it does not hurt to change your oil every 3,000 miles or whatever your rule of thumb is. But it's like refilling up your beer mug when it's 3/4 full, doesn't really matter.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:29 AM   #15
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Thank you for that. My car has been parked just about 2 weeks now. When I get back to it on Friday the car will have roughly 8500km, and no oil change. It makes me kind of nervous but that is because I came from doing it every 5000km or so to, wait for the oil light/1 year 1000km. Maybe I'll just book it in soon for good measure.
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If it makes you feel better to change it then change it. Just make sure you reset the oil timer on the car. Go through your owner's manual.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:26 AM   #17
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Same here, i dont care if they say 15 or 20k im old school, every 3-4k for me, thats what keeps all my cars running perfect even after 75,100,150k your engine will thank you later. If u cant afford an oil change every 3 months or 3-4k then you should own a car...
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