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westslope

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Posted: Jan 19, 2020 - 11:46am



 kurtster wrote:

Do be careful with Michelins.  While they are excellent wearing tires, the rubber is too hard for in control slick wet driving.  Been there done that.  Great dry or in sticky snow, but be extra careful when things get slippery.  They tend to break traction a little too easily when braking.
 
Missed this one when you posted 3 months ago Kurtster.  Thanks but frankly I believe your advice is misleading, at least for the models of Michelin tires I chose.  For context, we used to live extremely wet Greater Vancouver where the biggest natural threat on the road were rain storms of biblical proportions.  Now we live in an area where the greatest natural threat is 'black ice' — tire choice does not matter so much but some knowledge of basic physics and local knowledge of roads help. We do on occasion still descend into the wet belt near the coast.

The 4-season Michelin LTX tires on the Xterra 4X4 handle great in the wet.  In passing, if 'wet' is a danger, you really want to avoid AT (All Terrain) tires no matter how cool and sexy they look in the parking lot.  AT tires do not sipe water away as well as they could. 

The 4-season Michelin Cross Climates we put on the Kia Soul are highly rated for a number of conditions, including 'wet'.   So far, I am impressed under a number of driving conditions.  

The plan is simple:  buy used or inexpensive new vehicles, keep them forever and then take advantage of the savings to spend on top-quality tires and synthetic oils.   

Top quality synthetic motor oil exhibits lower evaporation rates which can be particularly useful for avoiding problems in GDI engines such as fouling of the intake valves.   GDI = gasoline direct injection.  Large numbers of cars with GDI engines are experiencing oil burning and/or loss issues.  Example, 3 litres of extra oil must be added between oil changes, a situation that many would regard as completely and utterly unacceptable.  Despite what dealerships are saying.  

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Posted: Jan 16, 2020 - 1:22pm



 westslope wrote:


 Red_Dragon wrote:
So. P's "new" car - a 2016 Ford Focus SE - uses the engine management computer to determine oil-change intervals. She bought the car in April with 43k miles on it, it now has just over 51k. It has yet to present the "change oil" message. I'm guessing it's set for 10k miles, but really have no idea.

Anyone else own a car with a similar setup, or have any advice? Full synthetic oil is required.
 
No for a similar set up.  But advice, yes.  First, does that Ford Focus SE have a GDI or multi-port engine?   GDI = gasoline direct injection.

If it has a GDI engine, I would change it yesterday.  I would plan on switching out the PCV valve in the next 20 to 30K miles.  Using an intake valve cleaner prior to every oil change or every second oil change would also be a good idea.  

What oil change interval does the vehicle user manual recommend for vehicles under warranty?  I would follow that recommendation until you have a better understanding of the engine.

If it is a multi-port engine and behaves well, I would buy expensive premium synthetic oil, e.g., Pennzoil Ultra Platinum, an expensive, long-life oil filter and target changing the oil once a year as long as the miles driven are not too excessive and mostly highway driven  (e.g., less than 17K miles).   Oil changes for a GDI engine should be more frequent.   Oil changes for short stop 'n  go urban trips should be more frequent, perhaps every 5K miles.

If not changing your own oil, avoid the quick lube, quick oil change places.  Unless you are already familiar with the torrent of horror stories.  Go to the dealership or a trusted garage and pay more to get them to change the oil, do it right, and not upsell you stuff you do not need, or charge you for services that are never performed.  
 
Pretty much all the synthetics give vastly better performance than conventional stuff. But good-quality conventionals have additives that can make them competitive with the cheaper synthetics. Newer vehicles use thinner oil (first number) to help them pass certain tests - I think there was a discussion about it here somewhere.

Filter-wise, the brand I use is Purolator. Usually their 'Pure One' line. Some years ago there was a long discussion on 'Bob Is The Oil Guy' site about filters. A guy dissected about a dozen filters and reviewed their features. Plus he dissected used filters to examine what they collected.
Purolator came out on top. That was awhile ago, I should check back over there and see if anything has changed.

'Bob Is The Oil Guy' is THE site for way more than you'd ever want to know about oil, filters, coolants, etc. etc. Total nerd-fest.

Happy Motoring!
c.

westslope

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Posted: Jan 15, 2020 - 8:38pm

I looked R_D.

The 2016 Ford Focus does have a GDI engine.  Welcome to the club, our Kia Soul 2015 has a GDI engine. 

In addition, the Consumer Reports rates the Focus very low for reliability.  You can if you wish offset or compensate this situation through careful maintenance.
westslope

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Posted: Jan 13, 2020 - 7:14pm



 Red_Dragon wrote:
So. P's "new" car - a 2016 Ford Focus SE - uses the engine management computer to determine oil-change intervals. She bought the car in April with 43k miles on it, it now has just over 51k. It has yet to present the "change oil" message. I'm guessing it's set for 10k miles, but really have no idea.

Anyone else own a car with a similar setup, or have any advice? Full synthetic oil is required.
 
No for a similar set up.  But advice, yes.  First, does that Ford Focus SE have a GDI or multi-port engine?   GDI = gasoline direct injection.

If it has a GDI engine, I would change it yesterday.  I would plan on switching out the PCV valve in the next 20 to 30K miles.  Using an intake valve cleaner prior to every oil change or every second oil change would also be a good idea.  

What oil change interval does the vehicle user manual recommend for vehicles under warranty?  I would follow that recommendation until you have a better understanding of the engine.

If it is a multi-port engine and behaves well, I would buy expensive premium synthetic oil, e.g., Pennzoil Ultra Platinum, an expensive, long-life oil filter and target changing the oil once a year as long as the miles driven are not too excessive and mostly highway driven  (e.g., less than 17K miles).   Oil changes for a GDI engine should be more frequent.   Oil changes for short stop 'n  go urban trips should be more frequent, perhaps every 5K miles.

If not changing your own oil, avoid the quick lube, quick oil change places.  Unless you are already familiar with the torrent of horror stories.  Go to the dealership or a trusted garage and pay more to get them to change the oil, do it right, and not upsell you stuff you do not need, or charge you for services that are never performed.  




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Posted: Jan 13, 2020 - 4:16pm

So. P's "new" car - a 2016 Ford Focus SE - uses the engine management computer to determine oil-change intervals. She bought the car in April with 43k miles on it, it now has just over 51k. It has yet to present the "change oil" message. I'm guessing it's set for 10k miles, but really have no idea.

Anyone else own a car with a similar setup, or have any advice? Full synthetic oil is required.
westslope

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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 1:04pm



 Proclivities wrote:
..... 
Nice - Michelins are good tires, but they can get pretty pricey.  If you live in a place with a lot of wet and/or snowy weather though, it's probably worth it.
 

Agreed.   We get just a dusting of snow here and if we need to drive higher elevation, snowier places, we have the 4X4 Xterra that remains parked most of the time.

But we do go down to 'the coast', usually Greater Vancouver, a couple of times a year and there the rainfall can be absolutely horrendous.  Looking for a challenge?  Drive the Fraser Canyon at night during a torrential rain storm......

For kurtster:   Been running Michelin LTX 4 season M&S tires for years, first on the WD-21 Pathfinder (1993) and now on the 2nd generation Xterra (2006).   Never had a problem and they work great in heavy, sheeting rains.   Any hydroplaning is momentary.  

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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:51pm

 westslope wrote:
Was about to post to What did you do today? thread and then decided this might be a better choice.
Ordered a full set of Michelin CrossClimate+ all season/4-season/Mud & Snow tires for the Kia Soul.

In that class of tires, these Michelins are top rated by both Consumer Reports and Tire Rack.  

 
Do be careful with Michelins.  While they are excellent wearing tires, the rubber is too hard for in control slick wet driving.  Been there done that.  Great dry or in sticky snow, but be extra careful when things get slippery.  They tend to break traction a little too easily when braking.
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:46pm



 Proclivities wrote:


Nice - Michelins are good tires, but they can get pretty pricey.  If you live in a place with a lot of wet and/or snowy weather though, it's probably worth it.
 

Indeed. We had a tire failure on our return trip from Chicagoland last month; dropped $750 on a set of them.
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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:39pm



 westslope wrote:
Was about to post to What did you do today? thread and then decided this might be a better choice.


Ordered a full set of Michelin CrossClimate+ all season/4-season/Mud & Snow tires for the Kia Soul.

In that class of tires, these Michelins are top rated by both Consumer Reports and Tire Rack.  
 
Nice - Michelins are good tires, but they can get pretty pricey.  If you live in a place with a lot of wet and/or snowy weather though, it's probably worth it.
westslope

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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:22pm

Was about to post to What did you do today? thread and then decided this might be a better choice.


Ordered a full set of Michelin CrossClimate+ all season/4-season/Mud & Snow tires for the Kia Soul.

In that class of tires, these Michelins are top rated by both Consumer Reports and Tire Rack.  






KurtfromLaQuinta

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Posted: Aug 30, 2019 - 4:53pm



 oldviolin wrote:


 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


 Red_Dragon wrote:
P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
 

Easy fix for a stupid product.


 

Fix Or Repair Daily or no? 



 


oldviolin

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Posted: Aug 29, 2019 - 1:56pm



 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


 Red_Dragon wrote:
P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
 

Easy fix for a stupid product.


 

Fix Or Repair Daily or no? 
KurtfromLaQuinta

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Posted: Aug 29, 2019 - 1:12pm



 Red_Dragon wrote:
P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
 

Easy fix for a stupid product.


Red_Dragon

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Posted: Aug 27, 2019 - 6:18am

P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
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Posted: Aug 23, 2019 - 7:44am

 ptooey wrote:
 miamizsun wrote:
i rarely post in here

but this came through one of my wonky news feeds, and only the internet knows why

or because it knows that i had a slant six (in a duster) back in the day

it seemed indestructible and i put through hell (i took the long scenic route)

brought back some memories
 
What a strange video.

    Step 1 - Pay $100 for junkyard motor
    Step 2 -Throw the whole thing away and build a completely different motor with new internals

 
i think the damage to the block was too severe to repair

obviously it's also about the story with some sponsor stuff donated for recognition

but in the end (in the next episode) the engine finds a good home and everybody lives happily ever after
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Posted: Aug 23, 2019 - 7:30am



 miamizsun wrote:
i rarely post in here

but this came through one of my wonky news feeds, and only the internet knows why

or because it knows that i had a slant six (in a duster) back in the day

it seemed indestructible and i put through hell (i took the long scenic route)

brought back some memories

 
What a strange video.

    Step 1 - Pay $100 for junkyard motor
    Step 2 -Throw the whole thing away and build a completely different motor with new internals

miamizsun

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Posted: Aug 23, 2019 - 6:50am

i rarely post in here

but this came through one of my wonky news feeds, and only the internet knows why

or because it knows that i had a slant six (in a duster) back in the day

it seemed indestructible and i put through hell (i took the long scenic route)

brought back some memories

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Posted: Jul 23, 2019 - 11:31am

 aflanigan wrote:


 SeriousLee wrote:
I almost forgot. I had the car looked at and they couldn't find anything.

I'm guessing because it was hot the few days between the water leaking and the appoinment that the water could have easily evaporated from the condensate  pan. They ran the car with the A/C on and no leaking. The water drained through the drain tube alright.

Now at least I know where the drain tube is. 
 

Perhaps you have magic albino unicorns living behind your dashboard, the kind that urinate clear liquid once each summer
 
No unicorns here.

Just little monkeys.

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Posted: Jul 22, 2019 - 12:24pm

 oldviolin wrote:

Sounds like the voice of experience to me Mr. Horno Plenty...
 
The voice of exuberance whispers sweet words of epismetology in your ear and speaks to you of the pompatus of love.
Try it; it'll drive your unicorns crazy
westslope

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Posted: Jul 22, 2019 - 10:52am



 SeriousLee wrote:
......

Now at least I know where the drain tube is. 

 
Is there enough room to take a digital photograph?    Something to think about next time the magic unicorns act up.  

If you are living in a part of the world with a sense of humour, you could go back to shop and tell them that your buddies advized you to photograph the unicorns hard at work.    From there on out, the service manager and mechanics would remember you and either give the best possible service or the worst, depending.  

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