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Evening chaps,

I’m hoping to do an engine spring clean this weekend, I would like to change the oil and oil filter and possibly flush the engine with some agent but I enevitabley have some questions to ask you pros...

1. What order do I do things? oil drain/filter/flush/refill with oil or another way round

2. Where is the oil filter located? 

3. Best engine flushing agent

 

my car is a Focus mk2 2.0litre Petrol duratec

 

thanks for having a read I look forward to reading your responses 👍

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add flush to engine first , run engine for 15mins , allow to cool for 10 mins , drain oil , remove old filter , fit new filter , refill oil.

many would advise not bothering with the flush on older cars , good quality fully synth oil will suffice on its own.

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yeah, flushing an unknown car with lots of miles on it could make life a lot worse. if its been services to within an inch of its life, on time every time. then itll probably be fine. if in doubt, don't bother, or buy a 20L drum of oil and rise it out a couple of times after using the flush, drive it about a bit, then  add your good oil

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Thank you biff55 and dee_83 for your replies... will perhaps leave the flush on your advice I only considered it because my mpg has dropped dramatically only returning 29mpg at the mo... it’s never been the most economic Car in the world but it certainly used to do better than that! 

Many thoughts on where my oil filter might be ? Have tried looking but can only find Diesel engines showing where it is mine has a different engine layout to them! 

Cheers

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yeah, I don't know to be honest, I can find the 1.6 1.8 and 2l TDCIs  blindfolded, but petrols....no idea.

if your serious about doing work on your car one of the very first things id recommend is a Haynes manual, it will save you a fortune in the long run!

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I always err on the side of caution when someone mentions wanting an oil change done with an oil flush additive. I think for some they have seen it in Halfords or heard of it and think it must be great stuff.

My personal opinion is, on a well serviced vehicle using quality modern oil, I don’t see a need for it.

on some vehicles with a wet belt it’s a big no no to add flushing additives.

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I've got same Engine as you, bottom of engine just off centre right hand side if your at the front of the engine for the filter.. I always use genuine Ford filters as only £10 and use gd quality oil. Castrol or Petronas is what I use. Don't do engine flush personally as other ppl have said can cause more harm than gd if not careful. Easy engine to work on though, Ford have done a gd job with the layout. 

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Thank you all for the advice.. i’ve never heard of an engine flush being bad news so it’s fantastic to know that you all think the same and to avoid it at all costs, i’ve owned the car from new and it has always been serviced every year but with it now reaching the 10year mark and being told the gearbox is Giving up slowly I figured I might as well do it myself knowing that I will never sell it but may just end up on scrap heap or broken for parts!

 never met anyone with the same engine as me dave1981 what sort of mpg do you get from it? I do love it as an engine, on the motorway.. if I’m sat in 5th at 70ish and want to put my foot down it doesn’t half move without having to change down a gear.. sometimes leaving big cars like bmw,Mercedes in its wake! 

 

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10 minutes ago, Fordfootforward said:

Thank you all for the advice.. i’ve never heard of an engine flush being bad news so it’s fantastic to know that you all think the same and to avoid it at all costs, i’ve owned the car from new and it has always been serviced every year but with it now reaching the 10year mark and being told the gearbox is Giving up slowly I figured I might as well do it myself knowing that I will never sell it but may just end up on scrap heap or broken for parts!

 never met anyone with the same engine as me dave1981 what sort of mpg do you get from it? I do love it as an engine, on the motorway.. if I’m sat in 5th at 70ish and want to put my foot down it doesn’t half move without having to change down a gear.. sometimes leaving big cars like bmw,Mercedes in its wake! 

 

glad to hear there are still some out there who look after their 'older' motors. It's just all pcp nowadays lol. 

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8 hours ago, stef123 said:

I always err on the side of caution when someone mentions wanting an oil change done with an oil flush additive. I think for some they have seen it in Halfords or heard of it and think it must be great stuff.

I done an oil flush on mine back last September on my annual oil change, I done it to try and cure or lessen the oil loss problem ( sticky oil control rings) on my 1.8 Duratec, I used Forté engine flush. Couldn't confirm or trust the stamps I had in my service book, as when I bought it I phoned one of the dealer's that had a stamp in it, and they said they've never had that car in their workshop.

I done a full service when I got the car on 82000 in September 2015, and a full service 1 year later on 92000 and then the engine flush with oil change last September on 102550. I can't say 100% if it's done any good or any harm to be honest, I'm just trying to get the engine as clean and un- gummed up as possible, as I'm planning on keeping the car for another 7 years or 70000 miles if possible. 

That's what I do with cars, I like to keep them on the road for as long as possible, that way whatever I spend on it, I will get the benefit.

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2010 mk2.5 titanium, not seen another 2.0 petrol titanium either, just see lots of 1.6 and tdci ones. Round town its shocking. Mid 20s but get it onto a motorway for a gd run and I'm into mid 40s so can't complain. Mines done 57k and had a terraclean at 49k which helped mpg and performance. Part from iridium spark plugs it's stock. Just gd fuel, cleaned the throttle body and did my gearbox oil few mth back as it was bit reluctant to go into gear when cold. Fixed it nicely. 

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7 minutes ago, Dave1981 said:

2010 mk2.5 titanium, not seen another 2.0 petrol titanium either, just see lots of 1.6 and tdci ones. Round town its shocking. Mid 20s but get it onto a motorway for a gd run and I'm into mid 40s so can't complain. Mines done 57k and had a terraclean at 49k which helped mpg and performance. Part from iridium spark plugs it's stock. Just gd fuel, cleaned the throttle body and did my gearbox oil few mth back as it was bit reluctant to go into gear when cold. Fixed it nicely. 

Teraclean is next on my wish list, I'm starting to get really OCD about my mpg at the moment, I'm constantly thinking what I can do to improve it, Hego lambda sensor, Teraclean, iridium plugs, I even panic when I do the weekly shopping run 😱

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17 minutes ago, wilto said:

Keep it for David Dickinson's real deal, you'll get £40 at least at auction 😂😂😂😂

ive googled it for images and none show the same design, must be an old tin. lol

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The only thing with driving economically with that engine is you can trigger the engine light to come on... which Happened to me last week(not for the first time) bought an obd reader and plugged it in... fault code was p0400 which  I have had before... its an egr malfunction Caused by a clog up of carbon in the valve a simple cure is to get the car up to temperature let idle for a few minutes and then give it a couple of high revs to the red bars and until the arrrow light comes on, it will kick a load of cr*p out of the exhaust. Then erase the engine code and it’s as good as new.. I know this from taking it to a mate of mine who’s big into his cars and runs a garage he did the exact same thing for me in April last year and it didn’t come on again until now.. which I’m happy about

Hope this helps someone out if they ever have this problem 

 

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I used to nab wurth  products from the workshop in work, i think the MD realized how much it was costing him, we now have "inferior" alternatives in the stores.

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