Last post on Sep 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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Ford Fiesta, Engine, Oil, Scheduled Maintenance, Hatchback
#15 of 24 Re: Fiesta Oil Life Monitoring System [rpc81053]
Jan 01, 2012 (8:35 pm)
I think changing the oil every 5k is the best compromise for the Fiesta. I don't think it's good to wait until 10k or the oil light goes on before changing. So far I've changed the oil only once on my Fiesta, and in about a month or so will take it in for the 10k service (I'm currently at around 8.7k). It's also a good idea to check your oil periodically to see how much it has darkened since the last oil change.
#16 of 24 Quit guessing - get your oil analyzed
Jan 02, 2012 (6:24 am)
I sent my oil out for analysis after 8k miles and was told it was still fine and I could even go to 9k. I do mostly highway driving which is pretty easy on oil. On the negative side, I drive in extreme temperatures from well below 0 F up to near 100 F. That particular sample had mostly cold, winter driven miles on it but was ran throughout the entire summer also. So, for my driving, it represented a worst case scenario.
I will now continue to change it at 8k intervals. I'm using Mobil1 5w-20 and Fords filter.
For the cost of an oil change, anyone can have their oil analyzed and know just how far they can drive between oil changes.
Guessing is for amateurs.
#17 of 24 Re: Quit guessing - get your oil analyzed [iamz]
Jan 02, 2012 (4:28 pm)
That's great advice.
As long as you keep your parameters the same (same type of oil, grade, etc), a group of three analyses (while costing about the same as an oil change) will help you determine the best interval for your vehicle. Once you've established a baseline, you don't need to continue the analyses unless something changes.
That way, you're not guessing at the intervals, wasting oil, or potentially damaging the engine.
#18 of 24 Re: Quit guessing - get your oil analyzed [iamz]
Jan 30, 2012 (1:50 pm)
That sounds like a great idea. Who did you send your oil to for analysis? My Fiesta is a 5 speed manual and it runs 3100 rpm at 70MPH and I heard the 6 speed auto is only at 2600 rpm 70MPH so I might need to change my oil sooner than you
#19 of 24 Re: Quit guessing - get your oil analyzed [hackattack5]
Jan 31, 2012 (4:07 pm)
Google "Blackstone Labs".
I'm sure there are other places that do oil analysis but most people and businesses seem to use Blackstone. They will send you a sample container for you to use and mail back to them. They charge $25 for a basic analysis but I would really recommend paying the extra $10 for a TBN count.
Read over their site so you understand what numbers are important. It wouldn't hurt to vist "Bob's the Oil Guy" web site and read a few of the discussions there too.
#21 of 24 Fiesta timing belt/chain
Sep 25, 2012 (2:11 pm)
On a 2011 Fiesta, does it have a timing belt or a chain. Dealer says a chain so they can go 150K miles before changing. I find it having a chain hard to believe.
#22 of 24 Re: Fiesta timing belt/chain [obkt]
Sep 25, 2012 (2:30 pm)
The 2011 Fiesta owner manual states that the replacement schedule is 150,000 miles, and that it is a timing belt. Specifically, the schedule states on page 340:
Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km):
*Change automatic transmission fluid and filter (filter not required on 6F35, 6F50, DPS6 and AWF-21 transmissions); consult dealer for requirements
*Change manual transmission fluid
*Change rear axle fluid (RWD vehicles)
*Replace accessory drive belt(s) if not replaced within the last 100,000 miles (160,000 km)
*Replace timing belt (Fiesta); failure to replace belt can cause internal engine damage
#23 of 24 Re: Fiesta timing belt/chain [xwesx]
Sep 26, 2012 (11:56 am)
Thank you. I am aware of all that. Short story. I was getting the oil changed in my Hyundai Santa Fe and was asked how I liked it. I responded that I do like it except for the frequent required service. For example, Hyundai requires a timing belt change at 60K miles, while my Fiesta requires it to be changed at 150K miles. That's when the salesman said that Ford uses a timing chain not a belt. To add to confusion, if you Google " 2011 Ford Fiesta Timing belt/Chain" you'll get all kinds of answers, including the use of a timing chain in the Fiesta.
I think I should go to the dealer's parts dept and have them look it up. But like you say, I'm 99% positive that it's a belt, not a chain. Anything technical that comes from a salesman is questionable.
#24 of 24 Re: Fiesta timing belt/chain [obkt]
Sep 26, 2012 (1:40 pm)
Anything technical that comes from a salesman is questionable.
Hahah; words to live by!
My Fiesta only has 16,000 miles, so I'm a long ways from knowing for sure which it is. If it were a chain, I doubt it would be on the maintenance schedule at all.