I have to slam mine. Being gentle with it, allowing it to lay in the latch, then pushing it down.....that never works. I have to drop it hard.guys, quick question, anyone here having problems closing their hood? Mine opens up fine, but when I lower the hood so that it touches the latch and try to push it down it doesn't close, or when I try to slam it down. I go inside the card, move the lever as if I am opening the hood and I slam in again in one single motion and the hood closes. Any feedback?
That doesn't bother me, as there could be much worse issues I could have with this car.....like the rattling in the headliner I get.
Chances are, the rubber hood bumpers are a bit too tight. They are on either side of the latch. You could try screwing them in 1/4-1/2 turn (clockwise).
My '03 Focus wagon with 178k on it saw nothing but Castrol 5w-20 and it's still running. I'm not saying 5-30 is bad, I'm just saying.thank God I don't have any rattling. That would drive me nuts. The car is performing well.
It turns out that nothie is wrong with the hood/latch. You can't push in the bumper gently. This is by design to avoid bending the hood. So you havr to have a small drop to get it closed.
Since this i the oil thread and I hate 5w-20 as it's like using water, I've asked thr service advisor about using 5w-30, of course I told him that this is government nonsense, and he got the master mechanic to come out and talk to me. It turns out that 5w-30 is hands down better oil and it's better for your engine. So dealership will use 5w-30. The only thing where you would use the 5w-20 is if you are one of those goofs who starts the car and floors it right away lol, that was his exact comment. I always warm up the car, 5 min minimum or drive slow for a bit until the engine is fully warmed up and lubricated.
Thank you guys for replying.
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In high performance Ford modular engines, where modification is common to increase horsepower, I always encourage owners to increase to true synthetic 30 grade lubricant.Unleashed, sorry if I missed it, have you weighed in on the 5w-20 -v- 5w-30 preference for our foci?
You could use conventional, but at a lesser oil change interval. I barely trust a syn-blend at 10,000 miles....so that would be a no go for conventional. Hence, why you would have to decrease the change interval. IMO, it's not worth the money savings.That is what ford is using as standard oil in their cars now...so I assume so.
Ford's specifies oil that meets their WSSxxx945 standard. Virtually every current 5w/20, whether synthetic, blend or conventional, meets this standard. Ford doesn't specify a different oil change interval for synthetic vs conventional oil, so going up to 10,000 miles/1 year on conventional would meet Ford's warranty requirement. Not that I would necessarily recommend going that far.
I was thinkng the same thing. I use the K&N filter on all my vehicles with Mobil-1 Synthetic.No one using K&N Oil filters? I been using them for years, very quality filters.
I have seen some bench tests on other brands where they cut the filters in half to see whats inside... most like fram and puralator were junk.