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08-11-2014 11:24 PM
amplifier28 I changed the motor oil in my 2012 Focus SE and noticed that my valve cover also leaks oil.
08-10-2014 02:09 AM
bluehatch14
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In the military design and manufacturing world, we'd have the issue identified w/in a month most likely, and fixed & tested/verified w/in 3 months (with a small staff, who would be working other issues too - lowest bidder wins nowadays). I doubt Ford is much different, but they decided to prioritize other issues or are working on new vehicles instead of fixing existing vehicles. They started building these in 2011 and they probably leaked quickly seeing that so many of us only had 1000 miles when we noticed the issue. Well into 2014 and new cars are still leaking - that's insane. It's not as though it's a latent defect like GM's ignition/key fiasco. I wonder if Ford tried to fix it years ago, but the quick, low cost solution is not working.
Unfortunately car manufacturers don't follow the same philosophy. Not every car is gonna be perfect. I personally haven't had any problems( knock on wood). I just find it strange that people have been having these problems for a while but it hasnt cropped up on the forum much until recently.
08-09-2014 10:48 PM
block In the military design and manufacturing world, we'd have the issue identified w/in a month most likely, and fixed & tested/verified w/in 3 months (with a small staff, who would be working other issues too - lowest bidder wins nowadays). I doubt Ford is much different, but they decided to prioritize other issues or are working on new vehicles instead of fixing existing vehicles. They started building these in 2011 and they probably leaked quickly seeing that so many of us only had 1000 miles when we noticed the issue. Well into 2014 and new cars are still leaking - that's insane. It's not as though it's a latent defect like GM's ignition/key fiasco. I wonder if Ford tried to fix it years ago, but the quick, low cost solution is not working.
08-09-2014 09:00 PM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by bluehatch14 View Post
... I find it funny that this many people have ended up having a gasket leak and ford has yet to fix the problem.
That's normal.

Even when individual failures are repaired quickly (not always the case), it still takes a long time for the cause to be fixed. (e.g.: front suspension clunk, DCT leaky seals, ...) Not unreasonable, because it's not easy to do.
08-07-2014 07:11 PM
bluehatch14 So after reading through this thread I checked mine with 35,000 and no apparent leak. I regularly check my oil level also. I find it funny that this many people have ended up having a gasket leak and ford has yet to fix the problem.
08-07-2014 06:58 PM
twinbiker11 I have a 2013 with about 78,000 km on it and my valve cover started to leak. 1litre every. 3000km
08-06-2014 12:50 PM
H2323 so Mine was the valve cover itself, replaced it, definite improvement in engine sound.
08-05-2014 07:10 PM
Nibis Anyone thought of just replacing the gasket themselves, if you do, use Pematex Motoseal 2, awesome stuff. I know it's under warranty, but you know what they say, if you want a job done right !
08-05-2014 04:03 PM
H2323 Same here, Calgary AB, build March 2013, purchased Aug 2013, 21000 km's, DCT TI.

Dealer discovered it asked me to drop it today so they could have a closer look. They will now scan the entire powertrain for leaks....waiting, I'll update.
06-11-2014 09:50 AM
justingreer
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So i first checked mine at about 3,000 miles and thought i might have a leak as there was moisture all around the front of the engine near where the valve cover gasket is. I took some engine cleaner and a rag and cleaned it really good. I have driven it now about 500 miles and checked today to see if there was any more moisture there and it was still clean. So i'm wondering if maybe the gasket just seaped a little during break in? maybe it needed to seat properly? Can anyone chime in on this?
You make a good point. I just got a call from the dealer this morning stating "The tech can not verify that there is any oil leak" (There is oil spots on my driveway and 2 mechanics seen oil covering the entire timing chain cover). The manager made it clear that there was an oil everywhere when I brought it in. He also stated that they put dye in the oil and ran the car for about an hour. The manager asked if he could take the car home and actually drive it.

I asked the manager if a gasket could expand and seat during break in and he said yes, BUT if it leaked before, it is only a matter of time before it starts leaking again. It should of never leaked to begin with. Since it takes a Ford tech's signature to move forward with any warranty work, my guess is that I will get it back with the popular "We could not find anything wrong" statement, and then be back within a week.
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