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Old 06-27-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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What is the normal interval for oil change for mk3? 3,000 miles?


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What is the normal interval for oil change for mk3? 3,000 miles?
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Engine oil/coolant change intervals
Engine oil As indicated by the message center: do not
exceed one year or 10,000 miles (16,000 km)
Fifth printing, 2012 Ford Focus Owner's guide pg 384.

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Intelligent Oil Life Monitor
Your vehicle is equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitor that
determines when the engine oil should be changed based on how your
vehicle is used. By using several important factors in its calculations, the
monitor helps reduce the cost of owning your vehicle and reduce
environmental waste at the same time. This means you won’t have to
remember to change the oil on a mileage-based schedule; the vehicle lets
you know when an oil change is due by displaying ENGINE OIL
CHANGE DUE or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED in the message center. The
following table is intended to provide examples of vehicle use and its
impact on engine oil change intervals; it is provided as a guideline only.
Actual engine oil change intervals will depend on several factors and will
generally decrease with severity of use.
When to expect the OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message
Miles (km) Vehicle use and examples
7500-10000
(12000-16000)
Normal
– Normal commuting with highway driving
– No, or moderate, load/towing
– Flat to moderately hilly roads
– No extended idling
5000-7499
(8000-11999)
Severe
– Moderate to heavy load/towing
– Mountainous or off-road conditions
– Extended idling
– Extended hot or cold operation
3000-4999
(4000-7999)
Extreme
– Maximum load/towing
– Extreme hot or cold operation
Fifth printing, 2012 Ford Focus Owner's guide pg 388.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:34 AM   #3
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So in other words, I am suppose to let the car tell me when to change the oil and trust that the computer and sensors work as should??
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So in other words, I am suppose to let the car tell me when to change the oil and trust that the computer and sensors work as should??
No you're supposed to determine which interval fits your driving style best and ignore the oil monitor, unless you're that trusting of the computer.

Only the harshest driving cycles call for a 3000 mile interval.

Normal intervals are 7500-10000, or 5000-7499 for the severe service schedule.

Ford is allowing up to 1 yr/10,000 miles, but that doesn't mean you have to wait on the monitor.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:54 AM   #5
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I do scheduled maintenance every 5000 miles. I rotate the tires, change the oil and filter, and do a once over to see that all is well with brakes, fluids, etc.

I could rotate the tires every 5000 and change the oil every 7500 but if I going to jack the car up to rotate the tires I might as well change the oil.

A 5 quart jug of Mobil-1 5W-20 costs about $24 at Walmart and with the Motorcraft filter the total cost to change the oil is under $30. It takes me less than an hour to change the oil and filter and rotate the tires and that includes setup and cleanup.

I've been using Mobil-1 since the mid 80's and my brother once tore down the engine to a car I'd sold after 100,000 miles and found the inside looked brand new. The engine was tore down because the new owner had a flooding problem and the car was partially submerged.

So, if you drive normally and don't put unusual amounts of stress on the car you could comfortably go 7500-10000 miles if you use a good oil like Mobil-1 or Amsoil. If your driving situation is more of a stress on the car or if you go with cheaper oil you might want to stay in the 5000-7500 interval.

The days of changing at 3000 miles passed long ago but the oil change places would like you to believe it's critical you change more frequently. Of course, they have an interest in getting you to change more frequently.


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We get "free" oil changes from Ford for 3 years and they change it every 5000 miles.
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Does this apply to conventional oil (non-synthetic)?
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Hi gang,

I recommend following the Owner's Manual guidelines for maintenance, including oil changes. You can download a free copy of your Owner's Manual here: https://owner.ford.com/servlet/Conte...OwnerGuidePage If you have any questions, give the service manager at your local dealership a call; they'll be happy to help!

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Does this apply to conventional oil (non-synthetic)?
It applies to all oils meeting the Ford specification WSS-M2C945-A. This spec will be listed on the oil bottle's labeling if it has been accepted. There are conventional oils available that meet this spec.
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I've since day 1 done all mine in 5,000 mile intervals even though I don't fit the criteria. It's a comfort level for me and I can have my tires rotated at the same time since that's a 5,000 mile interval service.
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