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Fluid level checks Ford Focus 2011 - 2014 Petrol 1.0

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Ford Focus 2011 - 2014  | 1.0 Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1

Underbonnet check points

24.0a 1.0 litre petrol engine A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake and clutch fluid reservoir E Screen washer fluid reservoir F Battery
24.0b 1.6 litre diesel engine A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake and clutch fluid reservoir E Screen washer fluid reservoir F Battery

Engine oil level

HINT: If the oil is checked immediately after driving the vehicle, some of the oil will remain in the upper engine components, resulting in an inaccurate reading on the dipstick.

The correct oil

1 Modern engines place great demands on their oil. It is very important that the correct oil for your car is used.
Engine oil grade:
  Petrol engines Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/20 to Ford specification WSS-M2C948-B or alternatively 5W/30 to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-C
  Diesel engines Multigrade engine oil , viscosity 5W/30 engine oil to Ford specification WSS-M2C913C

Car care

24.1a The dipstick is located at the right-hand end, or at the front of the engine (see Underbonnet check points for exact location). Withdraw the dipstick. Using a clean rag or paper towel, remove all oil from the dipstick.
24.1b Insert the dipstick into the tube as far as it will go, then withdraw it again. Note the oil level on the end of the dipstick, which should be between the MAX and MIN marks. If the oil level is only just above, or below, the MIN mark, topping-up is required.
24.1c Oil is added through the filler cap. Unscrew the filler cap and top.up the level; a funnel may be useful in reducing spillage.
24.1d Add the oil slowly, checking the level on the dipstick often, and allowing time for the oil to run to the sump. Add oil until the level is just up to the MAX mark on the dipstick – don’t overfill (see Car care). If you need to renew the oil and filter, click below

Coolant level

Warning: Do not attempt to remove the expansion tank pressure cap when the engine is hot, as there is a very great risk of scalding. Do not leave open containers of coolant about, as it is poisonous.

Car care

24.1e Coolant level varies with the temperature of the engine, and is visible through the expansion tank. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be between the MAX and MIN marks on the front of the reservoir. When the engine is hot, the level may rise slightly above the MAX mark.
24.1f If topping-up is necessary, wait until the engine is cold. Slowly unscrew the expansion tank cap, to release any pressure present in the cooling system, and remove it.
24.1g Add a mixture of water and antifreeze to the expansion tank until the coolant level is halfway between the level marks. Use only the specified antifreeze – if using Ford antifreeze, make sure it is the same type and colour as that already in the system. Refit the cap and tighten it securely. Should you need to replace the coolant, click below
Anti-freeze type Motorcraft SuperPlus antifreeze to Ford specification WSS-M97B44-D

Brake and clutch fluid level

Note: All manual transmission models have a hydraulically-operated clutch, which uses the same fluid as the braking system.
Warning: Brake fluid can harm your eyes and damage painted surfaces, so use extreme caution when handling and pouring it.
Warning: Do not use fluid that has been standing open for some time, as it absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause a dangerous loss of braking effectiveness.
Warning: The fluid level in the reservoir will drop slightly as the brake pads wear down, but the fluid level must never be allowed to drop below the MIN mark.

Before you start

24.1h The brake fluid reservoir is located on the right-hand side of the engine compartment. Wipe clean the area aroundthe filler cap, before removing the cap
24.1i The MAX and MIN marks are indicated on the front of the reservoir. The fluid level must be kept between the marks at all times.
24.1j If topping-up is necessary, first wipe clean the area around the filler cap to prevent dirt entering the hydraulic system. Unscrew the reservoir cap and carefully lift it out of position, holding the wiring connector plug and taking care not to damage the level sender float.
24.1k Carefully add fluid, taking care not to spill it onto the surrounding components. Use only DOT 4 fluid;mixing different types can cause damage to the system. After topping-up to the correct level, securely refit the cap and wipe off any spilt fluid.

Power steering fluid level

HINT: For the check to be accurate, the steering must not be turned while the level is being checked.

Safety first!

Caution: On no account use engine coolant antifreeze in the screen washer system – this may damage the paintwork.
24.1l The washer fluid reservoir filler neck is located in the right-hand front corner of the engine compartment. The washer level cannot easily be seen. Remove the filler cap, and look down the filler neck – if fluid is not visible, topping-up may be required.
24.1m When topping-up the reservoir, add a screenwash additive in the quantities recommended on the additive bottle. It could also be time to replace the wiper blades. For details, click below
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Wiper blade replacement

Note: Fitting details for wiper blades vary according to model, and according to whether genuine Ford wiper blades have been fitted. Use the procedures and illustrations shown as a guide for your car.
HINT: If smearing is still a problem despite fitting new wiper blades, try cleaning the glass with neat screenwash additive or methylated spirit.
Check the condition of the wiper blades; if they are cracked or show any signs of deterioration, or if the glassswept area is smeared, renew them. Wiper blades should be renewed annually, regardless of their apparent condition.
To remove a windscreen wiper blade, pull the arm fully away from the glass. Depress the locking button (arrowed) and remove the blade.
To remove the tailgate blade, lift the arm, position the blade at 90° to the arm, and pull the blade from the arm.
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