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Old 06-24-2013, 03:50 AM   #1
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Threw a Rod. What are my options?

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Long time lurker, but first time poster. I was cruising at 50-ish mph last week when I felt a slight lurch, then my engine cut out (on my way to traffic court no less!). Later that day after much drama and a tow, my mechanic called me to say he's more than 90% sure the engine threw a rod.

It's quite disappointing, particularly since the car WAS in excellent mechanical condition up until last week. Maybe this is a common problem for focuses?

Anyway, I would like to poll the collective wisdom of this forum for what my options are at this point. A new SVT engine would cost me just as much as I paid for the car -- not worth it to me. Is there anything I can do besides part it out to try to recoup some of my losses before going car shopping? A friend suggested I look for a base zx3 engine and install that. Are zx3 engines appreciably cheaper that that would be an option for me? I not familiar with the practicality of engine swaps. Right now, my goal is to have a car, any car for as cheaply as i can possibly get away with. I just got married last month and we're trying to afford a down payment on a house before interest rates go back up.

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Old 06-24-2013, 04:05 AM   #2
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No it's not. But it is possible to have lost a timing belt, and the piston and the valves will make contact and cause extensive head damage.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:16 AM   #3
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if you cant fix it you could always sell it to someone on this forum, dont let a screaming yelllow SVT die!

also ive seen people selling complete svt engines on this site for 800 bucks if you can do the work yourself, definitely worth saving.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:33 AM   #4
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rawrfish, I wish I could say i could do all the engine swapping work myself, but I cannot. My svt, "Hocus" was my first car and I'm still learning the ways of the mechanic. Maybe I should take a peek at the buy, sell, trade section..
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:49 AM   #5
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i will be rebuilding mine in th ecoming months. mine was an oil pump failure at 183,000. I think I can get it all done for about $800-900 in the garage. There was a guy in MD that had a SVT engine but I am not sure if I have his contact info still.
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Definitely sounds like the TBelt SVT incident. It is a common mishap, if you have not changed your Timing Belt with in 100K miles.

Throwing a rod is definitely not common, but the belt busting at high mileage and busting the valves is, on SVT Focuses.

Good luck to you and figuring it out. Just for your info, if you decide to take it to a mechanic, make sure they now how to work on an SVT Focus engine. It is a zetec, but it's slightly different from the standard focuses of that same year. The VCT being the biggest issue and difference in terms of working on the timing of the SVT focus.

And it will probably cost you anywhere between 500 bucks to upwards of 1500. Just giving you heads up.

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