2017 Ford Focus Engine Oil Capacity

The 2017 Ford Focus has an oil capacity of 1.1 or 1.2 quarts, depending on your engine. Here are the details!
Written by Mariza Morin
Reviewed by Brittni Brinn
The 2017 Ford Focus has a lot going on in one pint-size package: great styling, sporty handling, and plenty of high-tech features. But to keep this compact car moving forward, and to save on costly
car repairs
, you must know its engine oil capacity—which is 1.1 or 1.2 quarts based on the engine. 
  • Knowing the correct oil capacity and type for your 2017 Ford Focus is a must to increase engine performance and fuel economy.
  • You should change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles if you’re using synthetic oil, or 3,000 to 5,000 miles if you’re using conventional oil.

2017 Ford Focus engine oil capacity

So, how much engine oil does a 2017 Ford Focus require anyway? It ultimately depends on which engine is under your compact car’s hood—though admittedly, there’s only a slight difference.  
If your Ford Focus is equipped with a fuel-efficient 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, you’ll have an oil capacity of 1.2 quarts or 4.6 liters. But if you’ve opted for the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, you’ll have an oil capacity of 1.1 quarts or 4.3 liters

What kind of oil does a 2017 Ford Focus need?

Now that we’ve covered how much motor oil your Focus needs, let’s move on to discussing the proper oil type your compact car requires. Even though there’s an oh-so-slight difference between both engine oil capacities, thankfully,
recommends the same oil type for both: Motorcraft® SAE 5W-20 Premium Synthetic Blend Motor Oil. If you’re not sure what this oil grade means, we’ll give you a quick crash course on deciphering oil grades 101. 
First off, SAE stands for the Society of Automotive Engineers (or the professional organization that codes oil viscosity), while the “W” simply means winter. The numbers in the oil grade indicate the oil’s viscosity or thickness: the number 5 before the “W” tells us this particular oil has a lower viscosity (meaning it allows the engine to perform well in colder weather) and the number 20 refers to the oil’s viscosity at its normal operating temperature. 
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How often to change the oil on a 2017 Ford Focus

Seeing that you’ve established what your correct oil capacity and type are for the 2017 Ford Focus, it’s about time to
change your oil
But hold it right there—when’s the last time you got an oil change? If you’re using Ford’s recommended Motorcraft® SAE 5W-20 Premium Synthetic Blend Motor Oil in your engine, then you should change your oil out every 7,500 to 10,000 miles for optimal performance. 
However, if you’re using conventional oil, you’ll want to change your oil more often. Experts recommend changing regular oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or about every six months (if you’re not driving much) to help keep your 2017 Focus in peak form. 
As you can see, that’s a long stretch of time to go between oil changes. The best thing to do in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly is to check your oil level regularly. At the same time, look out for the following signs that indicate that you’ll need an oil change soon:
  • Engine oil changes to a dark brown or black color from a clean light brown color
  • Engine oil feels coarse or gritty 
  • Strange noises coming from the engine 
  • New odors that smell oily, smokey, or burning
  • Changes in your car’s performance

How to change your oil and oil filter

Have you decided that it’s about that time? Then gather all your necessary tools, including a drain pan, a socket wrench, a filter wrench, and a replacement filter. Of course, let’s not forget the star of the show—1.1 or 1.2 quarts of premium 5W-20 engine oil based on your Ford Focus’s engine type. 
Before you start, make sure to run your engine for about five minutes or so until it reaches a normal operating temperature. After you reach this point, turn your car back off, pop open your hood, and follow these instructions:
  • Take off the engine’s oil filler cap
  • Detach the oil drain bolt and washer (underneath the engine) and drain the old oil into the drain pan 
  • Remove the old oil filter, allowing the old oil to continue draining into the drain pan 
  • Install the new oil filter
  • Using a new washer, replace the oil drain bolt 
  • Add new oil to the engine and put the engine’s oil filler cap back on
After you’ve followed these steps, go ahead and turn your Ford Focus back on to allow the new oil to fill the new filter—this should only take about 30 seconds or so. Double-check your work by using your dipstick to ensure you’ve added the right amount of engine oil. Continue to let your vehicle run for a couple more minutes and keep your eyes peeled for any leaks. 
Did the
oil pressure light
on your dashboard turn off? Then congratulations—you’ve successfully changed your Ford Focus’s oil! All you have to do now is take your dirty oil to a local recycling center and you’re good to go about your day. 
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