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08-11-2016 11:34 PM
Dad_of_02SPI_Owner Cyl 4 Intake Valve seat at 108k.
07-11-2016 10:44 AM
felixthecat The question should be when?
07-07-2016 04:55 PM
Bear79 I have had 3 of those engines. One in an Escort and 2 Focus's. The Escort it started to miss at times and thinking it was a spark plug and wire issue I changed them out. Stated the car and it ran fine. I thought great. Shut it off and checked under the hood and restarted. Started the car and BOOM, started to miss and making all kinds of noise. The Focus same thing with the OEM engine. Put a used engine in that had 80,000 miles. Every one of these engines at 120,000 to 130,000 miles dropped the intake seats. I would never buy another car with that engine.
04-20-2016 04:15 PM
elkocaballero 2001 286,XXX Kms hasn't dropped. Yet.
04-17-2016 11:18 PM
ratedterror 240k original spi engine. Car has never had any major work done to it, but I am worried because I was washing the car the other day, and steam was coming off the hood from the water. But my temp gauge was normal readings, any thoughts?
02-23-2016 12:24 AM
amc49 You have no idea. However, just by the numbers alone some of them HAVE to make the full distance. Whatever you do, don't overheat it.............
02-21-2016 06:59 AM
PorkchopSanwich My 2002 SE is currently sitting at 202,000 and has not dropped one yet, still original motor and transmission, I guess I'm just lucky!
02-03-2016 09:26 PM
Westwood13 2000 focus se 230,000 miles. Fourth engine. Fist motor dropped #1, 2nd and 3rd dropped #4.
11-25-2015 09:52 PM
amc49 Can't drive these without the fans CAN but just like all the others who overheat over and over thinking they'll fix it when the next check comes in you'll end up in the scrap pile.

The fan motors themselves rarely fail, it is the cooling electrical circuit on top that controls them that fails left and right.

I myself strongly suspect that some of the aftermarket head suppliers do nothing to the heads at all other than fix them, nothing done for that dropping issue at all. Just lip service.
11-25-2015 03:22 PM
sailor Look/post in General Tech Chat for more help with the fans, the fans themselves are SELDOM a failure point.

Lack of low speed fan operation is a common issue, and the resistor/connector to it is only one of the possible causes.

Sorry to hear you have to deal with this again, overheating on those can cause head gasket troubles as well so you may have dodged one bullet only to be hit by another.
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