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    Default 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Would it be possible for anyone to post how to do an oil change on a 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI?

    I am looking for specific and detailed information for this model not general info or non-model specific information.

    I would particularly like to hear from any members on here that may be dealer mechanics.

    Things I specially would like included are:

    - Type of oil (instead of 5w30 Magnatec Professional which is only available in 20 litres)
    - How to remove the engine cover
    - Exact location of oil filter housing
    - Best way and tool to open oil filter housing
    - Size and type of sump plug
    - Is it better to use an oil extractor rather than remove the sump plug?

    I would be most grateful to receive this info

    Please refrain from comments suggesting:

    - "If you are not confident take it to the dealer"
    - "I should ask the dealer"
    - Comparisons to other models
    - Comparisons to the petrol version

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Engine cover is something that you just remove with your hands.. it is held in by rubber 'clips' so PULL and viola!

    Oil filter housing can be in TWO places dependant on petrol or diesel.

    Diesel oil filter housing is plastic and is located UNDER the engine cover and then again to the LEFT hand side of the INTAKE - basically inline with the first coil.
    Best tool I have found to remove housing is a 32mm socket on a 3/8 ratchet ( if I recall correctly ) and I believe the sump plug can be removed by a 13mm spanner BUT you will need a new copper washer as they are crush type washers ( aka single use)

    Oh and the oil.. please use 5w30 as the viscosity but feel free to change manufacturer's as Castrol can be quite pricey.

    I hope this helps. If you have any issues just let me know.

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    C-G,

    Thanks very much for your post and info. I thought that it was:

    - 8mm hex socket on the sump plug
    - 27mm socket on the oil filter housing

    Are you sure about the 13mm sump plug and 32mm oil canister housing?

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Hmm.. now you are really making me think.

    I'll have to check it out.. I'll get back to you tomorrow though as we have one in the shop.

    Hopefully you can wait for my answer, regards!



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    That's very nice of you C-G. Much appreciated.

    Just remember I am after info on the 2.0 TDCI not the petrol version.

    The 2.0 TDCI is a PSA sourced diesel.

    If you could take a couple of pics with and without the engine cover, that would be awesome!

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Good afternoon friend.

    Alright, I checked it out and it seems Ford like to vary their oiling systems quite frequently.

    The oil filter is accessible with a 27mm socket on 3/8" ratchet.

    Removal of stone tray is by T25 socket on mention 3/8 ratchet with long extension for ease. Sump plug is a 21mm which I removed with 21mm socket with 1/2" breaker bar.

    Sorted. I took pictures with my phone camera which are detailed so when I get home I will upload to computer and post in thread again.

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    C-G, you are a legend!

    If only all mechanics were as empathic, astute and reliable as you!

    I sincerely appreciate this information and look forward to the pics.

    Thank you so very much.

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    Post Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Alright this is the picture of engine cover on and then engine cover off showing the bottom with those rubber clips.

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    And now the oil filter and removal tool.

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    Picture of tray underneath and bolts holding it up.

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    And the final picture of the sump plug and tool I used to remove.

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    Goodluck and have fun!
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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    G-C, many many thanks. Did you change the sump plug washer?

    What oil (brand, synthetic, viscosity) did you end up using?

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    Yes I did change my sump plug washer with a crush type copper washer which you can get from an auto shop like Repco.

    The oil I used was the specified by manufacturer Castrol A5 5W30 but as long as you use a well known oil manufacturer with the viscosity of 5W30 then you will be fine.

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    How did you go mate? All sorted and easy done?

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Still trying to buy Castrol A5 5W30. The dealer wont sell me 5 litres and says "you will void your warranty if you use any other oil" - official from Ford.

    Smallest you can buy is 20litre drum.

    Apparently other oils are not good for the DPF or ERG.

    There is a German oil that meets the spec. Still researching.

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Which Ford dealer is this?

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    I rang Ford Australia and Knoxford. Both confirm Castrol Magatec Professional A5 5W30 as the only approved oil for the 2.0 TDCI. Also I need 5.5 litres.

    I have done some research and other oils that meet the Ford Spec are:

    - Total Quartz (used by Peugeot and Citroen - same motor)
    - Liquid Moly Special

    Both of these cost around $70-$75 for 5 litres. So I would need 2 at around $150.

    I will still have the issue though that if I change my own oil and don't use the Castrol Magatec Professional A5 5W30, then if I have warranty issues, Ford can say "you're not covered".

    Did you buy a 20 litre drum of Castrol Magatec Professional A5 5W30? Was it about $300?
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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Are you located close to the Ryde area in Sydney? I can source you some for cheaper but will have to be picked up.

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Thanks C-G, but I am a Mexican (i.e. I Melbourne)!

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Sorry Amigo. I'll talk to my local post office to see how I can go about this but I can definitely get it for than the price stated but only issue I see is postage of liquids.

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Sorry mate. I am unable to post liquids nationally.

    Did you manage to catch a better deal?

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Hi CG, no I am unable to buy lower. Best price for 20 litres of Caltex Magnatec Professional A5 5W=30 is $380 from Repco in Oakleigh. Looks like the stealers (dealers) have it all sewed up in Melbourne.

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Quote Originally Posted by dougone View Post
    Hi CG, no I am unable to buy lower. Best price for 20 litres of Caltex Magnatec Professional A5 5W=30 is $380 from Repco in Oakleigh. Looks like the stealers (dealers) have it all sewed up in Melbourne.
    There better oils than Magnatec. Much better at that price.
    They are trying to stitch up a closed agreement.
    They tried that when Ultratune were doing Warranty servicing. They lost.
    Why not start at the other end - see waht the oil manufacturers specify. They know a thing or two about oils too and usually have a good-better-best.

    Be aware tho if Ford have a particular problem like gearbox or engine wear, they might be trying to address it.
    You can say, if so it's not a marketable product and they should have told you so. Moly sounds a little bit like a problem. So you need to be smart about it.
    But the price versus quality, and not marketed in smaller volumes stinks of an agreement.
    All IMO.

    C.G. - Great job with the photos. Wish I had that sort of support with some of the jobs I do.
    Do you have a garage/workshop somewhere, and are you qualified?
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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    I'll be done in Melbourne closer to the end of the year and give you some stock about 10 litres if that helps you but I would have assumed you wanted to do the service by then for sure...

    Ford Australia are completely retarded, worst customer service. Ford Europe and America customer support is far better but not sure how that hasn't translated to us here..
    I would recommend 5w30 oil that is DPF compatible, that is basically all you are looking for in a diesel oil. You need the thinner oil for valve timing and oil squirters but it can't be too thin otherwise you will start using it.

    Penrite Enviro 5w30 is a good oil for the price and so is Nulon Diesel 5w30. If you want to wait it out, I can deliver 10 litres for some cash but it will be closer to the end of the year.

    Regards

    C-G

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    Default Re: 2012 LW MK2 Focus 2.0 TDCI - DIY Oil Change

    Here is a video I made. Hope it helps.

    https://youtu.be/5fIqehWKJzY

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