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#89 of 143 Re: Oil Filter [inkie]
Nov 10, 2010 (2:04 pm)
For those of you who DO change your own oil and filter, this can be of interest.
I've "done my own" for the past 30 years or so. Saves time and money for me, and also have seen too many mistakes when someone else changes my oil...even for such a basic automotive procedure by factory service or independents.
Relating to the 2.5, 4-cyl engine (2010 model Milan):
On the Mercury Milan (probably the Fusion clone, too) the oil filter and oil drain
plug are under the car and covered by plastic/composite sheeting for aerodynamic
purposes, I imagine. Each cover has an embossed label on it, easy to see. The oil
filter access cover is forward and secured by five (5) hex screws. One, 10-mm and
four, 7-mm screws. Time consuming, even if crawling under an elevated front-end.
It is a somewhat rectangular cover. The filter is the standard spin on, spin off type, and suggest using a cap wrench fitting on it. When dropping the filter, a lot of oil
will spill down, onto your hand if not careful. Beware when oil is HOT! Wear neoprene gloves. Hot 5w20 oil looks/feels water-thin and it splashes.
Oil drain plug is about 14" rearward of the filter opening. The a plastic covering is
secured by one, 7-mm hex screw and a tab insert, opposite This is a round shaped plastic cover.
The oil drain plug has a 13-mm hex fitting, and it is mounted horizontally and oil
empties vigorously to the rear of the car. The 5w20 oil flows straight out, even when
cold, from the drain plug location at the rear-side of the engine oil pan. So, guard against over-run of your oil catch pan(s) carefully, maybe use a funnel type
of shield to avoid oil splash. Or, use two pans...one for filter spillage and one for the
drain hole "forceful pee-out" on the backside of the engine oil pan.
So, the self-oil change drill is a bit more complex than in most cars. Take notes on
how this is done so you have your own guide for the next time (that's my best method for remembering).
GM cars are now starting to put oil filter access top-side, just as they did in the
early 50's. Smart move. Easy, compared to the under-car filter drop that always
spills oil down your hand.
For your 4-cyl. Milan or Fusion:
Topside on the engine, oil fill and dip-stick check are fairly standard. The dip-stick
does have a notch that must be fitted when securing and it's easy to overlook this.
Look for this notch on the stick neck, just below the round finger-pull (yellow).
If overlooked, the stick will fit about 1/2" high (not fully seated) and a small amount
of oil will spray out at speed, over time. Yes, that 5w20 oil flows like water when hot or even just warm. Check this to avoid a small oil-slick coating in your engine
Oil filters in major brands for this car (like Motorcraft and Fram) are readily available and cheaper compared to most types. Also, Motorcraft (Ford Motor Brand) 5w20 synthetic blend oil is available at Wal Mart and comparatively reasonable, too.
Sold in red, 5-quart containers.
Now you are set. Just plan for a little extra time when doing the oil change and filter yourself (mainly due to the cover removals and care with the drain plug gush).
#91 of 143 Re: Oil Filter [andy1050]
Nov 10, 2010 (5:08 pm)
Thanks for the info Andy1050. It's nice to know something about what to expect for even this kind of job before starting.
#92 of 143 2010 Milan: ideas about minor noise sources
Nov 12, 2010 (8:12 pm)
I have an I4 2010 Milan which so far has greatly exceeded my high expectations in all regards. I am a stickler (some would say-obsessed) for a quiet ride and that is one of the reasons I chose Milan over Fusion. I beleive the Mercs have more noise quieting features. This is in no way a complaint but when I hear noises I go on a mission to track them down. Some unexpected sources of minor noise that I have discovered:
1) rear bumper plastic cover. This is remarkably loosely attached to the bumper at the bottom. It is of course concave in its contour and if you just pull back on it and let it snap back it is noisy (to me). I imagine at high speed it acts like a sail and with change in direction (whether road or wind) it could cause noise. I intend to anchor and foam fill it to alleviate the problem (real or not).
2) I am a golfer and love the big trunk. While fiddling about the trunk I discovered a metal divot repair tool that had fallen into the right sided aperture that houses the jack, funnel and other paraphenalia. The rear of this space has no insulation or carpeting (there is a carpeted flap on top but things can fall through as the divot tool did. The surface is not flat and it was contributing a rattle at certain speeds. There is a similar carpeted flap on the left rear floor of the trunk. Look in there for fallen objects before you look elsewhere. I may stick some padding in there for good measure.
3) the dealer license plate holders were a rattle source desite the attachment screws being tight. A foam shim solved that problem. Be sure to use four screws to fasten the plate since some of the holders allow the plate to rattle in the wind.
4) It is now a wonderfully quiet car (it was good as delivered but these fine tunings have further pleased my sound sensitive ears). There remains one intermittent very low frequency "moaning" that is not speed sensitive or rpm sensitive which has thusfar eluded my search. I note that there are many shields on the underside of the engine and the chassis but since I do not have a lift I haven't been able to properly scrutinize them as a possible source. I do not have AWD. It sounds like a tire noise (in frequency) but is not. It does not seem sensitive to road surface type. It has me baffled (no pun intended).
A great car. I also love that you can turn off all the inside dash and door lights while night driving. Dark and quiet--that's my preference.
If there are any other noise knuckleheads like me who have discovered minor noise sources please share in this forum.
#93 of 143 Re: 2010 Fusion 4cyl Gurgling noise [akirby]
Jan 04, 2011 (4:53 pm)
I've got the 6 and am hearing the same noise. Dealer couldn't find the root cause because it only happens when the engine starts up from below 35 or so. I bought the car in April, but didn't start hearing the gurgling sounds until late November. Still no TSB No leaks seen.
#94 of 143 Transmission Behavior
Feb 21, 2011 (7:23 am)
I purchased a 2010 Mercury Milan in early January of this year. I am generally satisfied with this car except with the transmission.
When it is cold, it shifts harshly for the first few miles and then settles down. I have made a comment to the dealer and they have told me it is due to the fact that the trans fluid is a non-synthetic. That kind of makes sense.
At 15K miles, I am going to change over to a straight synthetic trans fluid from Amsoil that meets the specs.
#95 of 143 Re: 2010 Milan: ideas about minor noise sources [pod]
Jul 20, 2011 (6:04 pm)
2007 Merc Milan Premier. Perfect car no noise
#96 of 143 2007 Merc Premier V6 6 speed automatic.
Jul 20, 2011 (6:19 pm)
I bought this black beauty certified 42,000 Ford used $13,000 a year ago, the ford lots were full of them coming off 2 year leases. Has the heated tan/chocolate leather heated seats.
I have noticed many of my male buddies ogling over this thing, they seem to be zeroing in this same car, either Fusion or Milan. cruises smooth on the highway at 28 mpg.
Best used car out there, fusions and Milans, you can't go wrong.
Never embassed to pull up to someones house driving American, I would last about 2 days
staring at a Hyundi or Kia sign stuck on the steering wheel but that is just me.
#97 of 143 17" wheels on Milan 2010 I-4, steel or alloy
Jul 21, 2011 (5:16 pm)
My 2010 Milan has the 17" wheel package with the painted hubcap covers. I had assumed that they were alloys or aluminum since the base model comes with 16" aluminum wheels but if I put a magnet on the inner rim (behind the plastic cover) it sticks. It wouldn't make sense to cover an alloy wheel with a plastic cover. Does this confirm my suspicion that they are steel wheels? What are the advantages of alloy over steel with respect to unsprung weight affecting handling or road noise?
akirby, I know you are out there and know the answer. Thanks.
#98 of 143 Re: 17" wheels on Milan 2010 I-4, steel or alloy [pod]
Jul 22, 2011 (5:13 am)
The order guide says the 7 spoke wheel is aluminum but the 5 spoke doesn't say either way so I assume it's steel.