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Old 04-28-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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2012 Focus Oil Change

If there is anyone changing there oil in a 2012 Focus, can someone tell me how easy it is to get to the oil drain bolt & filter. I like to do my own oil changes and was wondering how easy it will be on this car. A couple pictures would help!

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Old 04-28-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
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Oil Changes - 2012

I would let the Main dealer do at least the first 2 oil/filter changes..Their overall inspections might find something that needs attention..
Warranties can sometimes be questioned if new vehicles are not serviced by main dealers at least initially....just my 4pennies worth..
My Ford dealer offers Free services as long as I own the vehicle...
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If it's anything like the previous Duratec it'd be plenty easy. The oil filter is pointed the oil side up right at the bottom in the front
And the plug is a bit further back.

I love how easy it is.. but unfortunately my dealer only charges $10 to do my oil and filter change and quick inspection with fluid top off since I bought my car there. It's more economical for me to have them do it.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
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I let the dealer do all the service work while under warranty then after the warranty has expired I do most of the work myself.
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Somewhere on the forum under Ford Focus & General Car Chat is a post with Flicker photos of the under carriage showing the oil filter and drain plug, among other under body components. I searched but couldn't find them. If you can find the pics or someone can recall where they are, it gives a good look under the car. Might help answer your question. I can't imagine anyone has had their car long enough to change the oil. I'll get back to you after a couple thousand miles. Like already stated, if it's like my current 2.5L Duratec, it's easy. Sounds like the entire wind dam has to come off instead of round access covers like my Fusion. Get out your 1/4" drive ratchet and it should be a breeze.
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The entire underside of that car is covered by a plastic piece.... My mom has a 2012 and we looked at it... it LOOKS like it will be a PITA to do. =\

I'm at work so no pics right now...
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The entire underside of that car is covered by a plastic piece.... My mom has a 2012 and we looked at it... it LOOKS like it will be a PITA to do. =\

I'm at work so no pics right now...

The guy who made the thread with the pics said its a handful of screws. Probably alittle annoying, but whatever. To be honest with something like that Id be even LESS inclined to let someone else do it because they will def be losing screws, hell maybe even forget to put the whole cover back on.

Its good to do your first oil change within the first 1000 miles. Seems to be the consensus with many.
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The guy who made the thread with the pics said its a handful of screws. Probably alittle annoying, but whatever. To be honest with something like that Id be even LESS inclined to let someone else do it because they will def be losing screws, hell maybe even forget to put the whole cover back on.

Its good to do your first oil change within the first 1000 miles. Seems to be the consensus with many.
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Ya we'll still do it after the free ones we have expire, i just need to tell her to make sure that piece is there before she leaves and when she gets home to have one of us (me or my brother) make sure all the screws are there.

also.. i guess my selective reading over looked the fact that he pointed that out already haha
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:28 PM   #9
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Bumping this, I do all my own oil changes, very curious on what needs to be removed on the 2012 to do an oil change.
Hopefully it can be done without jacking up the car??
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On a somewhat related question, What is the recommended oil change interval on the 2012 Focus?
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