You're cruising down the open road in your Ford Focus, feeling the power of its engine, when suddenly it hits you – it's time for an oil filter change. You're not alone; every car owner encounters this task sooner or later. But if you're driving a Ford Focus 3rd Gen or a newer model, you're in luck because we're about to take you through the process step by step.
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of changing your oil filter, let's first understand what this essential car component does and clarify which Ford Focus models fall into the 3rd-gen category.
The Role of the Oil Filter
Think of the oil filter as your car's immune system. It plays a crucial role in keeping your engine healthy by filtering out contaminants like dirt, debris, and metal particles from the engine oil. Clean oil ensures optimal engine performance and prolongs the life of your Ford Focus.
What We Mean By "3rd Gen" or Newer
The term "3rd Gen" refers to the third generation of Ford Focus models. This generation began in 2011 and includes various body styles like the sedan, hatchback, and electric variants. Newer models released after this generation, such as the 4th Gen or beyond, are also included in the scope of this guide.
Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Supplies
Before you start, make sure you have the necessary tools and supplies, including a new oil filter, an oil filter wrench, a drain pan, and safety gear like gloves and safety glasses.
Step 2: Prepare Your Car
Park your Ford Focus on a level surface and engage the parking brake. Ensure the engine is cool to avoid burns from hot oil.
Step 3: Locate the Oil Filter
On the 3rd Gen and newer Ford Focus models, the oil filter is typically located beneath the engine. You may need to access it from underneath the car. Consult your owner's manual for precise instructions.
Step 4: Drain the Oil
Place the drain pan beneath the oil filter to catch any oil that may spill during the filter removal. Use the oil filter wrench to carefully loosen and remove the old oil filter. Allow any remaining oil to drain into the pan.
Step 5: Replace the Oil Filter
Take your new oil filter and apply a small amount of fresh oil to the rubber gasket to ensure a proper seal. Then, screw the new filter into place by hand, making sure it's snug but not overly tight.
Step 6: Add Fresh Oil
Consult your owner's manual for the recommended oil type and capacity. Pour the appropriate amount of fresh oil into the engine.
Step 7: Check for Leaks
Start your Ford Focus and let it run for a minute or two. Check for any oil leaks around the filter area. If you spot any leaks, turn off the engine and tighten the filter a bit more.
Step 8: Dispose of the Old Oil and Filter
Safely dispose of the old oil and filter at a local recycling center or an auto parts store that accepts used oil.
Congrats, you've successfully changed the oil filter in your Ford Focus! But don't worry if you got stuck somewhere along the guide - simply contact us at Inmon Automotive, and we will get you in the shop in no time!