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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:34 AM

Hiya guys,

Well my Focus is due in for it's first MOT next month (great, more expense alongside the road tax!) and the car needs a full (and I mean, full) service ASAP.

The vehicle spent it's first 2 years of it's life being run to the shops and back by an elderly chap, and since I've had the car I've put some millage on it! As far as I know the car has never been serviced (ouch!) and this is something I need to sort.

If money was not an issue I'd just stick it in a Ford garage, but being in the times we are in I'm keen to do it myself. This is not only to keep the cost down, but I'd be interested in learning how to service the car for the future.

What bits do I need to do a complete service on the Focus? I have a Halfords trade card so can get some bits a bit cheaper :) Any tools I need to get hold of beforehand?

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:33 AM

Also guys, just wondering if I should use Ford or Bosch spark plugs? any difference?

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:31 AM

Your best bet is to look in service book and see what service is required then go to
main dealer and ask for service parts see if the belt needs changing

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:14 PM

Will have a look, will be ordering parts tomorrow and will take it from there :)

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:12 PM

Stick to the ford plugs if you change them, they are cheaper than you think from the dealer.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:33 PM

Stick to the ford plugs if you change them, they are cheaper than you think from the dealer.


I guess then I can get my parts all in one go, get a reciept from Ford and keep everything tidy in my vehicle folder for when it's time to sell.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:19 PM

A good idea if you DIY service as its the only proof you have.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:24 PM

A good idea if you DIY service as its the only proof you have.


Quite looking forward to doing my first service!

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:33 PM

Quite looking forward to doing my first service!


It's certainly a good place to start if your interested in working on your own car.

When I first service any car after I've bought it I like to replace everything - that way I know where I stand and I know it's been done properly.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:44 PM

I'm interested in that kind of thing, even bought myself the Haynes manual! I'm slowly working through the parts I need to get:

Castrol Magnatec 5w30 (5 litres)
Ford Air, Oil & Pollen Filters
Ford Sump Plug & Washer

As far as I know they are the basics, stuff like pads and other bits im not so sure on.

Ordering the Ford bits tomorrow from the local Ford dealership.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:56 PM

Sounds good, got to start somewhere. Be needing a bigger shed soon :lol:

the ford sump plugs have an o seal in them, I usually find you can reuse them a few times but handy if you have a spare just in case.
When buying the oil, there is 2 types of magnatec 5w30, one of them is A1 for ford - if you didn't already know this.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:02 AM

Sounds good, got to start somewhere. Be needing a bigger shed soon :lol:

the ford sump plugs have an o seal in them, I usually find you can reuse them a few times but handy if you have a spare just in case.
When buying the oil, there is 2 types of magnatec 5w30, one of them is A1 for ford - if you didn't already know this.


Ahh I see, like you say good to have a spare, especially if your as clumsy as me!

Yea got the A1 stuff, used my Halfords trade card to get the 4L and 1L for £30ish! :)

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:05 AM

Fair price, the trade card is brilliant for wipers and bulbs, what they charge retail price is actually daylight robbery!
Did you get your Haynes on trade?
Keep an eye put for the magnatec, it is on offer now and then for about 20 for 4 litres.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:07 AM

No they didn't have it in so got it off ebay for £12 new! :)

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 01:39 AM

What are they normally, 20? Sounds like you got a good deal, fair amount of guidance for 12

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