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Old 02-23-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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where do i start or take it to a shop?

2002 focus se 160k while driving my car started lunging like i was running out of gas. the tank was over half full but i did notice my tempature gauge pinned to overheat. i pulled off the next exit and when i opened the hood. i saw coolant on the outside of the fill tank,around the engine block and a spot dripping of the hood. it was also leaking underneath the left side of the engine. tomorrow where should i start trying to locate and fix this problem or is a shop my best option ?


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Old 02-23-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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Very well could be your thermostat housing is bad, common issue on the Zetec, which I'm assuming you have
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You could get your hands on a coolant system pressure tester, it's just a hand operated pump that brings the coolant system up to operating pressure and if you have a leak it will show itself. You should be able to rent one from a parts store and there are videos on youtube illustrating this testing. Or refill the system and run the car with the hood up on jackstands and see if you can find an obvious leak, with the amount of coolant loss you described it should be pretty obvious. I'd bet a hose or connection let go if the leak is as bad as you described.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:20 AM   #4
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Do the last two sentences of the last post, betting that shows where leak is.............
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Or refill the system and run the car with the hood up on jackstands and see if you can find an obvious leak, with the amount of coolant loss you described it should be pretty obvious. I'd bet a hose or connection let go if the leak is as bad as you described.
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Do the last two sentences of the last post, betting that shows where leak is.............
This is the first thing I would do. I bet you'll find out real quick.

I had my miata blow coolant all over the place once. Turns out I didn't properly secure the cap after checking fluid level in radiator (I changed coolant after finding some sandy type in the overflow!). Had to get a new radiator after that as the experience proved overwhelming for the 20 year old radiator. My 9y/o helped replace it. good times!!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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Why is sensored?


Oooo, it's a deratory word from the Vietnam era. My bad - pronounciation difference, never made a connection.



I should add that you should make sure you have a catch pan under the car that is easily movable - once you find the leak, it could be hard to stop once it gets going.
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