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Old 01-16-2016, 01:49 PM   #11
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When you guys are changing the Transmission fluid are you just dropping the pan and only replacing the amount that was in the pan or are you using some other method to get more fluid out?
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:45 PM   #12
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When you guys are changing the Transmission fluid are you just dropping the pan and only replacing the amount that was in the pan or are you using some other method to get more fluid out?
With a transmission like in these, I'd go for quite frequently. I'm not familiar with the auto trans Focii - but you can probably use a vacuum pump or fluid pump to suck out old fluid through the dipstick.

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Miller88- How long did you extend the oil change interval to, 04SVTZX5? Now that I am out of warranty, I plan on going to 10,000.

10K miles is the shortest interval I have done on my SES. Sometimes 11K or 12K. My 2002 ZX5 that I sold back in July to get the ST always had 12K to 15K interval changes from new and that Focus had 225K miles on her with no engine problems or issues.
Plan is for 10,000 give or take. I ended up going around 8000 on the Motorcraft oil ... had to change since it started to get cold (didn't realize there wasn't going to be any winter this year). This run will probably be 10000 since I'll hit it some time during the summer.
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:06 PM   #13
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I'm only at 85,000 on my 2011 SE. I just recently cleaned the throttle body (It was filthy). Oil changes every 7.5K. Been serviced at the dealership since it was new.

There's only three things wrong with my car. The seats seem to get creases at the edges very quickly. Even in the rear seats, which have only been used about ten times. An annoying squeaking sound coming from the front right suspension. And a rotor that I've had to replace twice on the front left, and have to get it replaced again.

Otherwise, she's a good car. Averaging around 33 MPG in the summer, 29 in the winter. Around 70% city driving.
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:12 PM   #14
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I have the squeak coming from the front suspension on bumps too. It's a bit strange. And the drivers seat is creased pretty bad. But I have got in and out of the car a million times.

How did you clean the throttle body? I need to clean mine one of these days.
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Yeah, it's really strange, I had it inspected and they couldn't determine what it was. It really only seems to do it when it's cold outside.

To clean the throttle body, I picked up some Throttle Body cleaner and shop towels from Auto Zone. You go to your air filter, undo the clips that go to it. Then you go to your throttle body (It's attached to your air filter via a hose) loosen the hose clamp and release the hose. At that point, clean the outer ring of the throttle body with a small amount of cleaner. Wipe it down. Then gently open your throttle body (It's easier to hold it open with a small tool than your finger) and spray a small amount on the butterfly valve and the side walls and wipe with a shop towel.

Once you're done, reverse the process and let it dry.

It WILL hesitate to start when you go to start it. It might not start at all. Wait about 10-15 seconds and start it again. Then you should let it idle for 2 minutes before driving it.
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