1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Oil Use

Discussion in 'Motors' started by MrMoonX, 13 Mar 2010.

  1. MrMoonX

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,035

    I have a Focus ST and I have never had to top the oil up in it, and never regularly checked, naughty I know, today I checked and noticed it was on the minimum marker on the dipstick, so I went to the ford dealer round the corner and he sold me 1L of Ford Formula F Oil. He said it was normal if I hadnt had it done since last April when it was serviced.

    Anyway should I expect it to use oil between services? I topped it up about 300ml and its back to halfway now, im just concerned as ive been told these engines rarely use oil, but nothing seems to be wrong with it.
     
  2. Berger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 May 2003

    Posts: 10,603

    Location: Wigan

    So its used 300ml in a year?

    Id be damn impressed with that myself.
     
  3. MrMoonX

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,035

    really? cos ive heard people on the owners club previously saying the engines dont use oil, so could this be a case of me being lazy and not checking/topping her up throughout the year?
    If it was that low wouldnt I see the oil pressure drop? as it has a dial for that
     
  4. thepharcyde

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 8,258

    Mine does not use a drop
     
  5. MrMoonX

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,035

    well i posted on the owners club and they are saying not to worry they will all use a bit of oil over time, its being serviced on the 3rd April so it will get a oil change then and I will keep an eye on it
     
  6. Dogbreath

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 16,657

    Location: Devon

    How many miles have you done? 300ml in a year if you are doing average mileage is absolutely nothing to worry about.
     
  7. MrMoonX

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,035

    about 9-10k since last service, would even a litre of oil use in that many miles be normal for a petrol cos my mate says its fine to use a litre a year
     
  8. Slime101

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,841

    Location: Lost!

    All engines use oil, even if its only a small ammount.

    You will find some manufacturers quote upto 1L per 1000 miles is acceptable!
     
  9. iaind

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 Feb 2009

    Posts: 14,814

    Location: Exeter

    Current 2.5T Focus ST or old 2.0 n/a Focus ST?

    That's what Alfa quote for the twinspark engines :eek:
     
  10. MrMoonX

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,035

    2.5T
     
  11. Dogbreath

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 16,657

    Location: Devon

    As Slime101 says all engines use a little bit of oil by their very nature, and 300ml in 10k miles is nothing to worry about at all. You really should be checking the oil regularly though; if a fault develops and the car starts using more oil you want to know sooner rather than later.
     
  12. Princey

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Apr 2003

    Posts: 5,619

    Location: West Midlands

    Mines using a bit of oil too, around 0.5l per 1000 miles. Its not burning oil, but I have noticed that if its been left standing and I start it I get a puff of blue smoke out the exhaust? Am I right in thinking its the valve stem seals? Is this something to worry about?
     
  13. Slime101

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,841

    Location: Lost!

    Audi also quote silly levels of acceptable oil use, thankfully none of mine have ever used anything like that much.
     
  14. Xez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,024

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Sounds like valve stem seals or the turbo. Wouldn't worry about it to be honest
     
  15. thepharcyde

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 8,258

    Why not re the Turbo, I would not have thought this would have been a good thing?
     
  16. thepharcyde

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 8,258

    I would get it checked out personally
     
  17. Felix

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Jan 2003

    Posts: 2,702

    My wifes Polo uses around 0.5 litres for every 1000 miles. Always has and there is apparently nothing wrong with it, been like that and used the same amount of oil for the past 5 years!
     
  18. Matt82

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Mar 2004

    Posts: 16,600

    i wouldnt top it up. just get it changed
     
  19. stoke1863

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Jun 2009

    Posts: 4,577

    Location: Chesterfield

    My seat Ibiza is the same. I bielive the ibiza and polo share some components
     
  20. wassap

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,337

    I had my ST3 for 3 and a bit years, up until it hit 60k it didnt use a drop, then the usage went up to about 0.5l to 1l between services, which was 6ish months for me,it also felt a little quicker when it used more oil, so maybe it had loosened up.