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Old 09-18-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Exclamation 2003 Ztw dies until warm, now leaking oil

This may be long as I want to make sre and give all the info. let me preface this with I know absolutely NOTHING about cars.
Specs: 2003 Focus Ztw (wagon)
98,000 miles
owned about a year
I've had regular oil changes and fuel filter change but nothing else
Basically it won't stay running until it warms up completely. The first time it acted up I was going down a graded road and it jumped, idled down and my transaxle/coolant light came on. It continued to do this sporadically but caused no real issues. Then it began to stall when it jumped and light came on. This continued to be sporadic;I could find no pattern. Most recently have trouble with it in the mornings before it warms up completely. It will act like it's going to start but it revs up real high then down low again several times then dies. If I can get it on the road while it's doing this it will drive a few feet and it's like I've lost power. The lights dim, the speedometer drops to 0 and no amount of force on the gas pedal affects it. But after the temp gauge hits right in the middle all is well and the car drives itself. This morning it didn't want to start. I eventually ran my battery down trying to get it to do so. Someone had mentioned that maybe the battery was bad and my problem(something about the computer not getting enough power and throwing everything els off) so I replaced it. Put it on, car started up strong but died and made a popping sound in front. Looked at engine only to see something leaking from under the lower right bolt closest to the battery. I'm afraid that my car is a goner. Does anyone have any ideas?

up close view. oile leaking from below the bolt
over all view

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