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Old 04-16-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Oil leak - Crank shaft seal

Brought the car ('10 SE) in for an oil leak.

Dealership called me today to tell me they have to order parts to replace the crank shaft seal to stop oil leak. ("Please come pick up your car - and bring it back next week; it is fine to drive for now").

I searched the forum and found no other threads listing this as an issue with the Focus. I am bit frustrated, as I have put less than 800 miles on this car since purchase; car itself has 26,010 miles on it.

Has anyone else ever had this issue?
What would cause this to happen(at such low mileage)?


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Old 04-16-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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Strange one, I would wonder if the car sat unused for a year or more before you bought it. (without being run at all) Only possible cause I could think of.

Hope it was purchased at that dealer (warranty).

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Old 04-16-2013, 02:39 PM   #3
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for only 26k on it and the crank seal being gone makes me think that it hasnt been run in a long time like above mentioned over a year or so....i hope your not paying a dime for this
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I did purchase it at the dealership, so has bumper to bumper warranty until June 30th of this year.

They said it was covered...whew! Do I dare ask what this would cost if it was not covered?
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They need to take a good portion of the engine apart to change it afaik.

It just happens sometimes. Nothing is perfect.

My 2013 needs a rebuild or new engine because of oil consumption
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Depends which end was leaking as to how much work needed, lots either way!

Trans. end, it's pull the trans. - clutch - flywheel just for access for example.

Dealer warranty on a used car is well worth buying it that way for anything other than a "beater". I'd hate to pay the big $ for a fairly "new" car then have to fix a major issue.
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My rear main seal blew out at 57k. I was pretty modded and had recently ran the PCV to a vented catch can which may have caused it

I agree it isn't common at all on here, but on the bright side your car should still be under the powertrain warranty from Ford.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #8
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Thanks everybody.

Unfortunately things got worse...

Drove to dealership to pick up my car until parts come in. Leave in my car and attempt to use vent/AC (as I just had windows tinted & cannot roll them down)... It only blows air out defrost, no matter which button you push.

They (Ford) tried to diagnose while I was there. When they hooked up computer, it said it needs new actuator and that the acuator door was missing..?

So, they kept my car and ordered another box of parts. Starting to lose my faith in my purchase(these are not my first issues, more like 4th & 5th issues) which sucks, as my first Focus seemed indestructible. Hopefully it's free & clear of trouble after this.
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That's no fun...

Computer can't "see" the door, someone must have looked if a part is actually missing...

An odd issue or two can happen, once a new owner puts some miles on and finds what the dealership missed. Many issues? That would imply they didn't look it over as close as they could have...

All you can do now is check it over thoroughly, make your list, and get it fixed up right while all the "nits" are still covered. At that point you should be good to go.

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An update-

I have not seen my car or heard from the dealership in 10 days, so I thought I should call them. (Plus, I am starting to fall in love with this Fusion loaner car they gave me - dammit! )

Here is what I was told-

Dealership:
"Things took a turn for the worst yesterday. The mechanic installed the seal and put the engine back together, but the timing was off. We broke 8 valves, damaged all 4 pistons, and wrecked the head."


Me:
"Um, that's unfortunate....." (I mean, I am kind of speechless at this point).

Dealership (Service Manager):
"Well, apparently, due to engine changes over the years, there is no longer a mark on the camshaft for 2010 & later models as there was on the earlier ones. I contemplated for about 5 minutes on the issue, and trying to fix it was no longer an option. We ordered a new engine from Ford, they are installing it as we speak. That $12 crankshaft seal got really expensive on our end."


Me:
"Wow, yeah, that did get expensive. Thanks for ordering a new engine, guess I'll have to break that in huh?"

Dealership:
"Yep, we should have it all done tomorrow, we'll call you."


So, I guess I have a 2010 Focus with 26,000 miles on the car and ZERO on the engine - THANKS FORD!
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