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Ford Focus routine maintenance guide (2014 to 2018 petrol and diesel engines)

Ford Focus routine maintenance guide (2014 to 2018 petrol and diesel engines)

Do you own a Ford Focus (2014 to 2018 models, both petrol and diesel engines) and have questions about its routine maintenance, such as when to change the oil, or even what oil type to use? Perhaps you've been wondering how often to change the fluids in your Ford Focus or how often to get it serviced, check the brakes and perform other common jobs?

Modern cars like the Ford Focus need much less maintenance than the vehicles of 25 years ago, but they still have needs. You no longer have to do a service every 6 months or change the oil every 3 months, but regular fluid changes are still essential to your Ford Focus’s longevity.

What follows is our quick reference guide to many of the recommended routine maintenance tasks for the 2014-2018 Ford Focus, most of which you can do yourself at home. If you need more guidance or step-by-step instructions, check out the video tutorials in our online manual, or get our traditional printed manual.

Ford Focus Oil Change

Engine Oil Type Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/20 to Ford specification WSS-M2C948-B (1.0 litre petrol engines)
  Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/20 to Ford specification WSS-M2C948-B or alternatively 5W/30 to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-D (1.6 litre petrol engines)
  Multigrade engine oil, viscosity 0W/30 engine oil to Ford specification WSS-M2C950-A or alternatively 5W/30 engine oil to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-C/D (1.5 litre diesel engines)
  Multigrade engine oil, viscosity 5W/30 engine oil to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-C/D (1.6 litre diesel engines)
Engine Oil Capacity (including oil filter) 4.6 litres (1.0 litre petrol engines)
  46 litres (1.6 litre petrol engines)
  3.9 litres (diesel engines)
Oil Drain Plug Torque 25 Nm (1.0 litre petrol engines)
  28 Nm (1.6 litre petrol engines)
  34 Nm (diesel engines)
Oil Filter Housing Cap Torque 24 Nm (diesel engines only)

Ford Focus Transmission Fluid Change

Manual Transmission Fluid Type  SAE 75WFE gear oil to Ford specification WSD-M2C200-D2
Manual Transmission Fluid Capacity 2.3 litres (B5/IB5 5-speed transmissions)
  1.7 litres (6B 6-speed transmissions)
Manual Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque 35 Nm

Ford Focus Coolant Replacement

Coolant Type 50/50 mix of water and Motorcraft SuperPlus antifreeze to Ford specification WSS-M97B44-D
Coolant System Capacity 6.0 litres (petrol engines)
  7.3 litres (diesel engines)

Other Ford Focus Fluid Types

Brake And Clutch Fluid DOT 4 brake fluid
Power Steering Fluid Hydraulic fluid to Ford specification WSS-M2C204-A2

Other Miscellaneous Ford Focus Torque Specs

Roadwheel Nuts 135 Nm 
Front Caliper Guide Pins 28 Nm
Front Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 175 Nm
Rear Caliper Guide Pins 35 Nm
Rear Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 70 Nm
Spark plugs 13 Nm (1.0 litre engines)
  15 Nm (1.6 litre engines)
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Bolts 5 Nm

Ford Focus Maintenance Schedule

The maintenance intervals in this manual are provided with the assumption that you, not the dealer, will be carrying out the work. These are the minimum intervals recommended by us for vehicles driven daily. If you wish to keep your vehicle in peak condition at all times, you may wish to perform some of these procedures more often. We encourage frequent maintenance, since it enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your vehicle.

If the vehicle is driven in dusty areas, used to tow a trailer, or driven frequently at slow speeds (idling in traffic) or on short journeys, more frequent maintenance intervals are recommended.

 

Petrol engine models

Every 250 miles

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake/clutch fluid level
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the power steering fluid level*
  • Check the condition of the battery
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

*Some early models, were equipped with traditional hydraulic power steering.

 

Every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the engine oil and oil filter
  • Check the condition of the auxiliary drivebelt
  • Check the operation of the lights and the horn
  • Check under the bonnet for fluid leaks and hose condition
  • Check the condition of the engine compartment wiring
  • Check the condition of the brake pads, shoes and discs
  • Check the exhaust system
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft joints and gaiters
  • Check the underbody and all fuel/brake lines
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks
  • Roadwheel nuts tightness check
  • Carry out a road test
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake
  • Check the condition of the seat belts
  • Check the antifreeze/inhibitor strength

 

Every 37,500 miles or 3 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the air filter*
  • Renew the spark plugs

*If the vehicle is used in dusty conditions, the air filter should be renewed more frequently.  

 

Every 80,000 miles

  • Renew the timing belt and tensioners – 1.6 engines*

*The Ford interval for belt renewal is actually at a much higher mileage than this (100 000 miles or 8 years on Ti-VCT engines and 125 000 on miles or 10 years on EcoBoost engines). It is strongly recommended, however, that the interval is reduced to 80 000 miles, particularly on vehicles which are subjected to intensive use, ie, mainly short journeys or a lot of stop-start driving. The actual belt renewal interval is therefore very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks

 

Every 100,000 miles or 8 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the auxiliary belt
  • Renew the timing belt and tensioners – 1.0 litre engines*

*The Ford interval for belt renewal is actually at a much higher mileage than this (150 000 miles or 10 years). It is strongly recommended, however, that the interval is reduced to 100 000 miles, particularly on vehicles which are subjected to intensive use, ie, mainly short journeys or a lot of stop-start driving. The actual belt renewal interval is therefore very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks.

 

Every 2 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the brake fluid
  • Renew the pollen filter
  • Renew remote control battery
  • Renew the coolant*

*If Ford ‘Superplus’ antifreeze is used, the coolant can then be left for a maximum of ten years, providing the strength of the mixture is checked every year. If any antifreeze other than Ford’s is to be used, the coolant must be renewed at regular intervals to provide an equivalent degree of protection; the conventional recommendation is to renew the coolant every two years.

 

Diesel engine models

Every 250 miles

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake/clutch fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level*
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the condition of the battery
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

*Some early models, were equipped with traditional hydraulic power steering.

 

Every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the engine oil and filter
  • Drain the fuel filter
  • Check the condition of the auxiliary drivebelt
  • Check the operation of the lights and the horn
  • Check under the bonnet for fluid leaks and hose condition
  • Check the condition of the engine compartment wiring
  • Check the condition of the seat belts
  • Check the condition of the brake pads, shoes and discs
  • Check the exhaust system
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft joints and gaiters
  • Check the underbody and all fuel/brake lines
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks
  • Check roadwheel nut tightness
  • Carry out a road test
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake
  • Check the antifreeze/inhibitor strength

 

Every 37,500 miles or 3 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the fuel filter
  • Renew the air filter*
  • Renew the pollen filter*

*If the vehicle is used in dusty conditions, the air filter and pollen filter should be renewed more frequently.

 

Every 100,000 miles or 8 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the auxiliary belt
  • Renew the timing belt and tensioner*

*The Ford interval for belt renewal (timing and auxiliary drive) is actually at a much higher mileage than this (125 000 miles or 10 years). It is strongly recommended, however, that the interval is reduced to 100 000 miles or 8 years, particularly on vehicles which are subjected to intensive use, ie, mainly short journeys or a lot of stop-start driving. The actual belt renewal interval is therefore very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks.

 

Every 2 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the brake fluid
  • Renew the remote control battery
  • Renew the coolant*

*If Ford ‘Superplus’ antifreeze is used, the coolant can then be left for a maximum of 10 years, providing the strength of the mixture is checked every year. If any antifreeze other than Ford’s is to be used, the coolant must be renewed at regular intervals to provide an equivalent degree of protection; the conventional recommendation is to renew the coolant every two years.