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#137 of 143 Fuel filter change interval--
Dec 26, 2012 (6:22 pm)
I recently visited a Ford official site regarding maintenance intervals for the various fluids and filters in their vehicles. I was good with all the information except the recommended 15,000 mile change recommended for the fuel filter. My experience suggests that this is a ridiculously short interval and it raises questions about the credibility of the site. My extreme example is my prior 2000 Mercury Sable in which I did not change the filter until over 150,000 miles (through ignorance). The car ran well throughout my ownership and the change, even at this extremely long interval, did not result in any discernable change in dynamics or power. Obviously one swallow does not a summer make but 15,000 miles! This has to be driven by profit motive or a desire to get them into the shop (most folks won't try this filter change by themselves). Can anyone defend this citation? I think Ford are very well engineered cars and can't help but think that the engineers are embarassed by this suggested interval.
#138 of 143 Re: Fuel filter change interval-- [pod]
Dec 26, 2012 (9:59 pm)
Not sure what you were looking at but the 2013 Fusion does not list any required replacement interval for the fuel filter - it's a lifetime filter. Maybe you were looking at the diesel truck recommendations.
#139 of 143 Re: Fuel filter change interval-- [akirby]
Dec 26, 2012 (10:55 pm)
No, it wasn't in reference to the Fusion or any particular model or year. It made the general statement that the Ford Motor Copmapny recommends replacement of the fuel filter every fifteen thousand miles and at a shorter interval for heavy duty service
It was in a Ford Motor Cop. owners site with this link
----http://owner.ford.com/servlet/ContentServer?cid=1251117147717&pagename=Owner- %2FPage%2FArticleDetail&recid=1251387049862&parentheadlineimageid=1234280151966&- parentrightrecid=1239636411265
under a section called "care and maintenance tips"
It seems an official Ford site and asks for sign in and password and/or VIN. Seems legit thats why I was so puzzled. It has to be a misprint. I agree with a very long service interval (half way to never).
#140 of 143 correction to ford site link
Dec 27, 2012 (7:18 am)
The three dashes (---) before the http:// donot belong there. Sorry for the bad copy and paste. Leave them out and you will get to the Ford site which is currently down for maintenance but will open again.
#141 of 143 Re: correction to ford site link [pod]
Dec 27, 2012 (11:58 am)
That's just a generic recommendation and probably an old one that hasn't been updated. The actual maintenance schedules for each vehicle are correct.
#142 of 143 Re: correction to ford site link [akirby]
Dec 27, 2012 (1:30 pm)
Agreed. I can't imagine any time in the past thirty years when it would be a proper reference. Gremlins in the site I guess. Maybe they should edit the site each spring and clean out the archaic references. I am pleased that Ford has simpified the recommended maintenance schedule. I am almost three years and 30,000 miles into my warranty and except for oil changes. tire rotations and multipoint inspections every 5-6 thousand miles and a change of air filter, I have done nothing because nothing needs be done. That good design. I smile when the good folks at XYZ motors say that they will provide all necessary maintenance for free for the first year. I guess that translates into about $50 dollars worth of "free".
#143 of 143 Re: 2010 Milan: ideas about minor noise sources [pod]
Mar 08, 2013 (12:24 am)
I just purchased a 2011 Milan V6 with 12,000 miles and have also noticed the low pitched "moan". I am also noise sensitive on vehicles as well and my fiance can't hear the low moan but then again she's not very observant : ). To me it sounds like a minor wheel bearing howl/ groan or differential/ gear moan. Did you ever track down the "moan"?