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07-06-2008 02:38 PM
gonzorelic im not sure 100% if its aluminum but thats what it looks like on his car. mine is noticably different. mine looks brand new and i live on a dirt road whereas he lives on pavement and his lookd like old oxidized aluminum or something. im glad mine is composite because the aluminum would pit over time with the temp changing all the time and cause leaks i would think. ill try to get pics of his and mine to show the difference.
07-06-2008 01:18 PM
iminhell Aluminum? Really?
Can someone get me a part # for that?


If it is AL just a new gasket would be needed. Personally I'd just use gasket maker on it.
07-06-2008 12:55 PM
gonzorelic ok gotcha
07-06-2008 12:45 PM
Dcl2049 OK I guess I missed the part where you're fixing your friend's car...
I've never seen an aluminum housing. That's pretty weird. The new revised part for the ZX3 is just a really tough plastic. I wouldn't go swapping in a SVT one because they are prone to leaks from that plug too.
07-06-2008 11:20 AM
whynotthinkwhynot ^^ Who reads posts anyway?
07-06-2008 02:12 AM
gonzorelic maybe you didnt read my first post. the friends car is the one with the problem. not my svt. the svt has a temp sensor in it. the regular zetec doesnt. the zetec one looks to be aluminum or something whereas my svt's is composite black plastic. what i want to know is if the new revised housing is composite plastic and if not should he just get one off an svt like mine and plug the sensor hole? or would he be better off just getting a new gasket and keeping his housing? ill see if i can pm mike about it
07-06-2008 12:31 AM
Dcl2049 I'm not sure what you mean. It's pretty beefy plastic. Call up Mike at Hilbish and he'll talk to you about it, he knows more about that stuff than anyone else here. I'm pretty sure he'll just sell you the revised housing and a gasket though.

EDIT: I just noticed you had an SVT haha. OK, so my housing is just a beefy plastic. You still need the SVT one I think. They are weird and have some sort of plug on the bottom. But like I said, talk to Mike on the phone. He knows a lot about this stuff and is a very nice and helpful guy.
07-06-2008 12:25 AM
gonzorelic the valve cover doesnt seem to be leaking. the block is clean as a whistle on that side. is the revised part composite like the svt?
07-05-2008 09:38 PM
Rabbitccc I went to a junk yard and found a housing that didn't have the leaky valve cover dripping into it and took it off for $15 and I was done with it. Like DCL said though 99.9% of the time the cause is from a leaky valve cover dripping into the housing causing it to corode. So your going to want to get a new valve cover and this housing.
07-05-2008 09:24 PM
Dcl2049 What I would do is call up Mike at Hilbish Ford and he'll send you everything you need for the repair. According to him that part has been revised and the new one will not crack. It's something like $40 if I remember right.

Also, keep an eye on oil leaking from your valve cover gasket. 99% of the time that is what causes your problem.
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