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Old 10-31-2015, 02:50 PM   #1
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Texas Focus Going To Brave a Winter In Montana

2007 SES 4 Door Sedan 2.0L Duratec Automatic
104k miles (purchased with <6k miles on it)
Well maintained, drives great, no issues.

So the daughter has decided to spend a winter in Big Sky Montana. So my job is to make sure it's up to the trip and will be trouble free. So what I've done:
4 new all season tires
Oil change
MAF Cleaned
Flushed cooling system
Changed fuel filter
Front pads replaced 10K ago
Replaced rear shoes, wheel cylinders, bearings & brake hardware
Flushed brake fluid
Flushed power steering fluid
Transmission fluid and filter changed
Checked charging system - no problems
Serpentine belt replaced 15K ago
Wiper blades replaced
Front and rear defrosters work
AC works fine (checked pressures, all is good)
Wheel Alignment and suspension check
All 3 engine mounts replaced say 20k ago with all Ford parts

Anything I've missed? San Antonio is as far north as I've lived so I'm no expert on maintaining a car for the wild and wooly north.

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Old 10-31-2015, 07:01 PM   #2
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Block heater? Don't see it listed.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:27 PM   #3
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I'd go with a bit higher percentage of antifreeze than 50% and the oil needs a first number of 5W rather than the 10W we can use all year long here if not already.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:08 PM   #4
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Yep the oil is 5w.
I replaced the rear shocks.
On the list is front struts and bearings.
Block heater, I'll see if she will have a place to plug it in.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
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Oh regarding the antifreeze, the record low for Bozeman is -43F, so I went with 60%, should protect down to -62F.
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That sounds good.

Odd how that combination works so well, glycol by itself will slush up when it gets cold so you don't want too much of that either. Right mix does wonders.
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Old 11-24-2015, 09:18 PM   #7
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Well it's leaving for Montana this Friday. This what I've done:
-Oil change
-Power steering fluid change
-Coolant flush 60/40 percent
-Brake fluid flush
-4 New All weather tires (Balanced)
-4 Wheel alignment
-Rear brakes
---New shoes
---New wheel cylinders
---New brake hardware
---Parking brake adjustment
-New rear suspension struts
-New front suspension strut & spring assemblies
-New rear wheel bearings
-New front wheel bearings
-Checked and the ATF was changed 20Kmiles ago
-New full sized spare tire (cost only $11)
-Charging system checked good
-Block heater: these are not really stocked in San Antonio. I'll have her look into one in Montana

Drives like a dream even over 110mph.
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Did you check the throttle body inside. I have the same Focus SES in a 2011 with 102K miles and mine was pretty dirty inside. Cleaned it out with throttle body cleaner and it made a difference. It got rid of the slight rough idle that I was having and throttle response was improved.
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:55 PM   #9
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Texas Focus Going To Brave a Winter In Montana

Nope. I've never had a problem with the throttle body. Never had any kind of idle or performance problem. I do clean the MAF every oil change (6,000 miles). Change fuel filter every 30,000 and run a bottle of Techron every 6,000 miles.

The car has never failed to start.


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Ok the daughter made it to Big Sky Montana with no problems. Braved ice and snow storms to get there. Now we'll see how it holds up to a winter there.


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