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While perusing through the owner's manual, I was surprised to learn that in addition having an intelligent oil life monitor that effective extends the intervals between oil changes, the 2012 Ford Focus has no scheduled tune- ups. (at least non that is mentioned in the owner's manual).

Here's what my dealer rep said:

"The intelligent oil-life monitor, monitors your oil and the monitor will go as long as one year or 10,000 miles on the focus. This means that you don't have to change your oil untill 10,000 miles; if you do the oil monitor will let you know.

There is no maitinance schedule for the focus other than the oil changes at 10,000 miles and the spark plug changes at 100,000 miles. That is amazing. Just let me know if there is anything else i can do for you."


Is this correct? Is this pretty standard with new cars today? Nobody has ever mentioned this about the car and I have read through a lot print research before buying. If it it correct, then it would substantially lower the overall cost of ownership, especially over other/ older cars that require such maintenance. Just surprised it's never mentioned as a selling point.
 

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While perusing through the owner's manual, I was surprised to learn that in addition having an intelligent oil life monitor that effective extends the intervals between oil changes, the 2012 Ford Focus has no scheduled tune- ups. (at least non that is mentioned in the owner's manual).

Here's what my dealer rep said:

"The intelligent oil-life monitor, monitors your oil and the monitor will go as long as one year or 10,000 miles on the focus. This means that you don't have to change your oil untill 10,000 miles; if you do the oil monitor will let you know.

There is no maitinance schedule for the focus other than the oil changes at 10,000 miles and the spark plug changes at 100,000 miles. That is amazing. Just let me know if there is anything else i can do for you."


Is this correct? Is this pretty standard with new cars today? Nobody has ever mentioned this about the car and I have read through a lot print research before buying. If it it correct, then it would substantially lower the overall cost of ownership, especially over other/ older cars that require such maintenance. Just surprised it's never mentioned as a selling point.
This is pretty much the standard on vehicles over the past ten years. The only change in the past five years has been towards more synthetic fluids for the drivetrain. They reduce wear and allow the manufacturer to run a lighter weight oil which reduces drag and increases mpg.
 

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Posted via FF Mobile Technically I guess. I would still check my oil once in a while and depending on your driving Id probably still change the oil before 10k, especially if you are in a lot of stop and go traffic or running to the store etc a lot. Keep an eye on other fluids too and obviously tires, and clean battery terminals. The air filter is a no change filter, the transmission is dry, so no fluid there. And your belt is actually a chain. So yes technically a lot of the tune up stuff youd normally do pretty much should last a really long time.
 

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Posted via FF Mobile Technically I guess. I would still check my oil once in a while and depending on your driving Id probably still change the oil before 10k, especially if you are in a lot of stop and go traffic or running to the store etc a lot. Keep an eye on other fluids too and obviously tires, and clean battery terminals. The air filter is a no change filter, the transmission is dry, so no fluid there. And your belt is actually a chain. So yes technically a lot of the tune up stuff youd normally do pretty much should last a really long time.
The automatic is "fill for life" and has a 150k interval as does the manual. You should replace the air filter every 30k. It's all on pg 388 of owner's manual.
 

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Hi, this is our service schedule for the 1.6 ecoboost, I hope this isn't against the forum rules if so mods please delete:

Driving Vehicle into Workshop
Instrument gauges, warning/control lights and
horn
Check operation
Clutch Check operation/adjust, if necessary
Washers, wipers Check operation/adjust, if necessary
Inside Vehicle
Exterior and respective control lights;
instrument cluster illumination
Check operation/condition
Handbrake Check operation/adjust, if necessary
Seat belts, buckles and stalks Check operation/condition
Warning vest Check availability - if applicable
First aid kit Check availability and expiry date - if applicable
Warning triangle Check availability - if applicable
Outside Vehicle
Road (MOT) test Check regarding next road (MOT) test due date - if applicable
Emission test Check regarding next emission test due - if applicable
Under Hood
Wiring, pipes, hoses, oil and fuel feed lines Check for routing, damage, chafing and leaks
Engine, vacuum pump, heater and radiator Check for damage and leaks
Coolant Check anti-freeze concentration: °C
Headlamp alignment Check - adjust alignment, if necessary
Brake fluid Check/top up fluid levels as necessary - in case of abnormal fluid loss, a separate order is
required to investigate and rectify
Under Vehicle
Engine undershield Remove/install engine undershield, if fitted (LTS 21 130 4)
Engine Drain oil and renew oil filter
Steering, suspension linkages, ball joints,
sideshaft joints, gaiters
Check for damage, wear, security and rubber deterioration
Engine, transmission Check for damage and leaks
Pipes, hoses, wiring, oil and fuel feed lines,
exhaust
Check for routing, damage, chafing and leaks
Underbody Check condition of PVC coating
Tyres Check wear and condition, especially at tyre wall, note tread depth
RF mm, LF mm, LR mm, RR mm
Brake system With wheels on, check brake pads and discs for wear. Check rear brake drums - in case of
abnormal fluid loss, a separate order is required to investigate and rectify. (More often
under severe duty conditions).
Outside Vehicle
Engine Refill engine oil
Tyres Adjust pressure
Instant mobility system Check best before date on tyre sealant - if applicable
Spare wheel Adjust pressure, check wear - condition (note tread depth)
mm
Luggage compartment lamp Check operation - if applicable
Service reminder sticker Affix to driver side B pillar
Interim Service & Convenience Checks
Model Focus 2011
Variant 1.6L ECOBOOST SCTI (01/2011 - )
Interval 1 Years (12500 ml)
Repair/Order No
Reg. No.
Reg. Date
Radio Code
Mileage ml
Outstanding Field Service Actions. Please ensure they are completed.
1U391 - DISCHARGED BATTERY AFTER PARKING
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Extended Period Maintenance
Brake system Every 2 years - Renew - brake fluid (LTS 12 154 4)
Air conditioning Every 3 years - Check temperature at the evaporator outlet tube. Check air conditioning
lines for damage and leaks
(LTS 34 619 1) (TSB 67/2002)
Cooling system Every 10 years - Drain, flush and refill with Super Plus
(LTS 24 122 4)
Camshaft drive belt Every 125 000 miles/10 years - Renew (LTS 21 304 9)
Auxiliary drive belts Every 125 000 miles/10 years - Renew (LTS 21 567 5)
Extra Services and Additional Offers * (optional - upon customer request / charged seperately)
Interior filter replacement Odour filter / Odour filter plus - remove and install.
(LTS 34 350 1)
AC maintenance package Air Conditioning (A.C.) system check. Apply A.C. cleaner to air distribution system.
(LTS 54 552 4)
Odour filter plus Upgrade odour filter to odour filter plus (LTS 34 350 1)
Test Drive
Test drive Perform test drive after routine service
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Note there is a TSB regarding the fuel pump remaining on and draining the battery, if the problem occurs.
Chris
 

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The automatic is "fill for life" and has a 150k interval as does the manual. You should replace the air filter every 30k. It's all on pg 388 of owner's manual.


Posted via FF Mobile So the air filter is no longer the 100k lifetime filter that the duratecs have had since 05? And fill what? Ive heard seal for life but the transmission is dry, so what fluid to fill?
 

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Posted via FF MobileAnd fill what? Ive heard seal for life but the transmission is dry, so what fluid to fill?
I think it just uses a low friction gear lubricant, but yes, doesn't require any regular maintenance.

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Owners manual states the use of 1.9 quarts of Motorcraft Dual Clutch transmission fluid. Also service interval is stated to be 150K miles for a fluid and filter change.
 

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Posted via FF Mobile Technically I guess. I would still check my oil once in a while and depending on your driving Id probably still change the oil before 10k, especially if you are in a lot of stop and go traffic or running to the store etc a lot. Keep an eye on other fluids too and obviously tires, and clean battery terminals. The air filter is a no change filter, the transmission is dry, so no fluid there. And your belt is actually a chain. So yes technically a lot of the tune up stuff youd normally do pretty much should last a really long time.
Dry in the case of the transmision doesn't mean no fluid, just less than the typical application.
 

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Dry clutch as opposed to a wet clutch. The tranny still has fluid.
I wonder about the timing belt? 75,000?
 

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I noticed this too, it seems there is no scheduled maintenance other than oil changes, tire rotation and various air filter changes until 6 years or 100k miles(160k km's). Of course, they still tried to sell me a 5 year/100,000km pre-paid maintenance plan for $1850. Uhh...no thanks.
 

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I looked it up on Ford Parts, it is listed as a timing chain. Also found some photos of the engine with the timing chain cover off. I will post the links in a bit.

Here is the link to the engine showing the chain:
http://rumors.automobilemag.com/files/2011/03/2012-ford-focus-direct-injected-engine-1.jpg
And another:
http://rumors.automobilemag.com/files/2011/03/2012-ford-focus-direct-injected-engine-2.jpg

And here is the link to Ford Parts:
http://www.fordparts.com/Commerce/CatalogResults.aspx?y=2012&m=Ford&mo=Focus#&&/wEXAQUHaGlzdG9yeQUEdHJ1ZbeJQwrDnn1brKWLK+LH7viyyDAr
 

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I'm glad its a chain for sure. 4 cylinders with a timing belt was a pet peeve of mine.
 

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Ummm, I guess I got screwed! I was offered a 5 year/55k maintenance for $720 but was not informed that you only need to change oil for every 7.5k or when the maintenance reminder shows up. Do you think I can cancel the service plan and get a refund? I have not used anything yet. I guess I'm pissed in a way that dealers will offer such service plans when the cost is way more than what it will actually cost you without it. When it was offered to me, I initially thought it made sense because they presented it like "okay, if you change your oil every 3.5k miles, in 55k miles, you would've gone in for about 15 oil changes. $30 average oil change will cost you $450 plus your every 7.5k interval maintenance." How am I supposed to know that the car I'm buying only needs an oil change every 10k miles? =(
 

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There isn't a lot to do on the Focus, but there is more than oil changes in the first 100k: air filters (30k), cabin air filter (20k?), engine coolant (6 years on factory fill, 3 years after), tire rotation.

While the DCT has a "lifetime" lubricant, its capacity is quite small and a drain and refill looks to be easy and straightforward. With the trauma some DCTs have early in their lives, a drain and refill around 30k doesn't seem like a bad idea. My Mazda 6 speed manual calls for a fluid change every 4 years/50k - don't think the environment it lives in would be much different from the DCT's. The stuff I drained out of the Mazda at about 15k looked pretty nasty.
 

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There isn't a lot to do on the Focus, but there is more than oil changes in the first 100k: air filters (30k), cabin air filter (20k?), engine coolant (6 years on factory fill, 3 years after), tire rotation.

While the DCT has a "lifetime" lubricant, its capacity is quite small and a drain and refill looks to be easy and straightforward. With the trauma some DCTs have early in their lives, a drain and refill around 30k doesn't seem like a bad idea. My Mazda 6 speed manual calls for a fluid change every 4 years/50k - don't think the environment it lives in would be much different from the DCT's. The stuff I drained out of the Mazda at about 15k looked pretty nasty.
If someone is experiencing problems with the DCT, an early transmission fluid change wouldn't be the worst idea. I don't know how involved the change is though. With the VW DSG, you need VAG-COM or some other diagnostic software to make sure the fluid is at the right temp. It is also triple the fluid, and costs $20 a liter. Then there is a special tool to feed the new fluid in the transmission. I made one out of a funnel, plastic tubing, and other Home Depot parts instead. That was done on my last DSG vehicle at 40K miles. I wouldn't do the fluid change until the issues are fixed, or around the 60K warranty expiration.
 
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