As most of Ford owners I have limited budget for taking care of my car
and I want to spend it wisely. My car Focus 2000 SE black and it has
around 95000 on it now. Very nice car so far, I bought it when it was
at 65000. I wanna make sure that I address more important things in
my car as far as repair and maintenance concern. I was changing my Oil
at Mr. Lube and the guy suggested me that these things need to be
1- Cabin Filter replace $80 CAN
2- Transmission Oil change $120 CAN
3- Radiator flash service $70 CAN
4- Fuel system cleaning $90 CAN
I haven't done any maintenance in my car for a while just changing the
oil. If I want to go for long trip maybe the tires, break etc should
be checked also but as you know all of these need money.
Can you please let me if 1-4 are really important or not and what else
is really important to take care of first.
Amen to that, and for sure you should be thinking about the timing belt
replacement, valve clearance check/adjustment, and probably replace the
water pump and timing belt tensioner as a part of the timing belt change
also. The cam oil seals should be replaced when the cams are taken out
for tappet replacement.
I'd skip the fuel system clean, just replace the fuel filter and run a
bottle of Techron or Berryman's through the system on occasion. Transmission
oil change, yes, (if it's an auto, change the filter, too). The cabin air
filter is a piece of cake to change by yourself, it should only cost about
$20 CAN. Radiator flush? Just dump the coolant, fill with water a few times
and drain, repeat, then refill with distilled water and the proper coolant
mixed at the proper ratio.
The maintenance schedule is in the owner's manual. Do any maintenance
items listed there that have not been done recently enough (e.g. if something
needs to be done every 25,000 km, but it has been 25,000 or more km since
you last did it, do it).
Of course, you'll also want to inspect tire pressure and wear, fluid
levels, light bulb functions, general condition of various things, etc.
and correct if necessary.
Timothy J. Lee
I would suggest you take your car and start a relationship with a Ford
dealership service centre. They have factory trained mechanics for your
car. You pay a bit more for labour costs, but it's peace of mind, because
they see your type of car everyday. If you go, a service rep can print out
a the maintenance schedule for you that shows what they do every 5000 Km.
The guys at Mr. Lube will always try and sell you more "services." At the
dealership they do the service you're there for and if they find stuff
they'll let you know. I've been to Mr. Lube, and if they can they'll make
sure you pay for that free paper by purchasing other services.
Good answer David. They give me a free newspaper but they charge me
$110 for fuel cleaning. Ford dealership is also rip off. I don't know
what I should do? I will end up to spent thgousands of dollars and
still my car broke maybe.
Please advise what is important
I would never allow a Jiffy Lube to replace a Cabin Filter on a Ford
Focus Sedan SE. How exactly is a Jiffy Lube going to replace one of
those plastic clips on the cowel (sp? -- the plastic panel above the
cabin filter) when they break one? And, it is not that hard to do.
I would check to see if you actually have a cabin filter, and if you
don't already have one, in my humble opinion, don't waste your time or
money installing one. If you don't have one, Ford puts a plastic
cover in there instead.
Jiffy Lube has just found a new possible way to make money, cabin
filters, and so they are telling their employees to do things where
they sometimes have absolutely no idea of what they are actually
doing, the result will likely be that they will break something on you
and likely not tell you.
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