|11-20-2013 04:04 PM|
Is there any SPI owner who has not had a Valve failure? Please let me know and try to enrich me with some faith.
|09-14-2013 09:39 AM|
No, no warning. When my son's car dropped the #4 valve seat it just died.
When I went to start it I heard a rattling on the #1 side and stopped cranking
it right away. Very little damage was done. Top of #4 piston was marked up and
rod bearing damaged. Replaced #4 piston/rod with a good used one and got a replacement/improved rebuilt head from odessa cylinderhead in Clearwater, Fl.
Running well now and am confident we will get a lot more miles out of the engine.
|09-11-2013 11:54 AM|
|.2001.focus.||Are there any signs to the seat dropping? like will you have a warning before hand?|
|09-05-2013 01:47 AM|
Add another one to the list
Well, guess I can add mine to the list. Yes, I am a newbie to the Forum, but have had our SE wagon since 2000. We bought it with 16 miles on it from a dealer in Melbourne, Florida. It has lived it's entire 158k mile life in the state of Florida, with about fifteen trips to Tennessee and North Carolina. It decided to drop the number 2 valve seat at my wife's work just as she was being picked up by me and our little lady. Car had just gotten back from a trip to Tennessee and was showing a CEL with the readout of "Cylinder 2 Misfire". My stupidity for not taking it off the road sooner, as I have been researching the dropped valve seat issue, and was planning on doing it right after we got back. Guess I was not quick enough to act.
Anywho, car is on jack stands in front of the garage, with the head, exhaust manifold, and intake manifold (with all the other assorted bits) occupying my precious floor space IN the garage. Head goes to a very well known cylinder head only shop in Orlando, hopefully tomorrow, with a call out for piston and con rod in the WTB section here shortly.
At least I'm in good company, eh?
|07-24-2013 11:40 PM|
|McClane||What does it sound like when u drop the valve seat? Is a loud rattle? Cuz my girls car is doing that bad|
|07-22-2013 12:25 AM|
|07-21-2013 11:58 PM|
Best Place To Buy Conecting Rod
My 2002 just droped a valve an it mangled at least two pistons and rods. I see all the information about where to get the heads, etc but where have you guys gotten the used/rebuilt rods from? I see some guys selling them for 50 bucks on eBay but that does not make sense when I can get brand new from the dealer for 30 more dollars.
The car has 150 k but was extremely well maintained and amazingly I think the block and lower end are in perfect shape. I can even still see the cross hatches on the cylinder walls.
I appreciate any information?
|06-04-2013 01:44 PM|
Just replaced my head in 2002 Focus w 90K mi. It hadn't dropped a seat, but I figured I shouldn't wait for it to happen. Cost $275 for rebuilt head and $200 for gaskets, belts, head bolts, fluids, filters, and water pump. Amazon sent the wrong bolts. Their statement that "This fits your vehicle" was wrong.
Problems I encountered:
Thought indent in the rim of the serpentine pulley was the timing mark. The real timing mark can't be seen until the serpentine pulley is removed. No harm done.
One exhaust stud in cat conv flange snapped. I could wiggle it in/out a little, but it would not loosen more. Cut it flush and drilled it out. Used a good HSS bit with lots of oil. It took a while, but it stayed centered. Reattached with bolt/nut instead.
Forgot to put cam pos sensor back in before tightening intake manifold. Removing fuel rail from injectors gave enough clearance.
Neglected to torque rocker arm nuts, so there was some lifter noise. I didn't drive it or rev it. I am confident I can fix that tonight. The nice man at Cylinder Heads Intl explained that I should torque them and let them sit overnight because the lifters are pumped up too high now. Then run it for a few minutes, shut off, and retorque them.
|04-23-2013 03:41 PM|
|04-23-2013 01:08 PM|
|Ispi||2003 SPI with 158,000miles bit the dust. New member of the dropped valve seat club. Happened 2 blocks away from home so I got it to my garage. I consider myself lucky. Tires and battery are like new (what a shame). Deciding what to do with it. Would need piston kit, rebuilt head, etc. I am now driving my backup car so I have time.|
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