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Old 05-08-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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2008 Focus... Syntec oil change 7000 mi service on my own

I have the Oil filter, 5 Quarts of 100% Syntectic oil and the tools needed for the oil change.

I also got a fuel additive for the injectors.

Do I need the entire 5 Quarts after I put the new filter on? or the 2008 Focus only needs 4? 10W-20.

Manual tranny. Thanks


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Drain the oil, pull off the filter put the new filter on and drain plug back in and put only 4.5 qts of oil in it.

Thats all there is to it, although the recommended weight is 5-20 I know using TOO thick of an oil in the focus will starve the head from oil so I'd wait for others to chime in to make sure 10-20 is OK
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Drain the oil, pull off the filter put the new filter on and drain plug back in and put only 4.5 qts of oil in it.

Thats all there is to it, although the recommended weight is 5-20 I know using TOO thick of an oil in the focus will starve the head from oil so I'd wait for others to chime in to make sure 10-20 is OK
Thanks for the tips

If anyone else has suggestions of what else I should do besides the oil change please chime in. I did not notice any parts that need lubricant (like my old 1987 Toyota had joints that needed grease from once in a while).
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if you have an 08 then why dont you get the dealer to do it
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I would definately stick to a 5w oil instead of the 10w. The oil needs to flow well when the motor is cold and a 10 might not do the job well enough on start up. Most people here that own a duratec are running either 5w20 or 5w30. I would stick to those two.

And honestly with only 7000 miles you really don't need to add the injector cleaner. Most people add an injector cleaner one tank before they change the fuel filter as sometimes the injector cleaner can loosen gunk in the fuel system which can clog the fuel filter. With 7000 miles I doubt you have any gunk to loosen but probably have nothing in the injectors or fuel system to get rid of anyway. I would save it and add it before you change the fuel filter at 15k or so. I believe that is when Ford says to replace it now. Not sure though.

I would also rotate the tires.
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I agree with all above posts (proper oil weight, don't use injector/fuel system cleaner yet etc.) You have an 08; I assume if you were to open the glove box and look inside there would be a little book in there with all kinds of information about your car; from recommended service intervals to what fluids & parts to use, how much of them you should use etc. etc.... that stated, I'm glad you are doing your own oil change and that you came here to ask questions, but really there is a manual in there for a reason...
1.) make sure you have the right stuff (correct oil filter, and 4.5 quarts of 5w-20 or 4.5quarts of 5w-30, consult your manual for correct amount and weight)
2.) drive the car up on ramps, or jack the front of the car up and put it on jack stands
3.) block the rear tires
4.) loosen drain plug
5.) put oil catch pan under drain plug
6.) remove drain plug
7.) when draining is complete, reinstall drain plug
8.) move oil catch pan under filter
9.) remove filter, make sure old gasket came off with filter
10.) lubricate new gasket with three drops of old oil from old filter (usually I rub my index finger in the oil from the old filter then run it around the new gasket)
11.) install new filter, hand tighten only
12.) pour 4.5 quarts into engine
13.) let car sit while you collect your tools and catch pan and old filter, make sure all items are away from under the car
14.) record the mileage and date you did the oil change (consult your manual as to how often you should change it, i believe its 5kmiles or 3months still, but i havent looked at a new manual... wait arent the new ones every 7,500miles? check your manual!!!)
15.) unblock rear wheels, lower car/start it up and back it off ramps
16.) park the car over a pice of cardbaord and check it a little later to make sure you did everything right
17.) check your oil every 2 weeks via the dipstick (theres something about that in the manual as well)
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Yup, new ones are 7500 miles, and yes use the correct oil. My dealer gave me four free oil change coupons, still changed it myself the first time. I'm kinda funny that way...
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I replaced my oil at 3,000 miles on my '08, just because I wanted the extra peace of mind to make sure the internal wearing stays clean (more bits of metal are sheared/shaved off the moving/friction bits during break-in than any other time). Yes the oil filter should normally take care of most of that, but I just like to take extra good care of my cars.

I chose Mobil SuperSyn 5-20 full syn, would have gone with Amsoil or another paraffin if it were more easily available. I *must* say, the motor runs a LOT quieter now than it did with the stock Ford Motorcraft oil in it. Even with 4 miles on the clock, the motor was a ticky thing, not very smooth to listen to. Now I can't even hear it at idle.
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i haven't been under the car yet... what size drain plug is it? is there a crush washer?
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umm, if I remember right, the plug was 13mm, and it has an embedded o-ring. Should be good for several changes.
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