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Old 10-20-2012, 01:53 PM   #21
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For sure, I will definitely be calling Steve once I have the money to buy the housing. If you fallow the link to Focaljet that jwill2489 posted, it has all the info about the '98 vs '00 contour housing from Steve himself. I don't know for sure how the '00 stacks up against the '98 as far as stoutness, that would probably be something to ask Steve or just trying each one to see. But like others have said, the '00 has the small temp sensor hole, which, is closer in size to what is on the SVT.

Sniper Focus, I take it those are the part numbers for those items? If so, that is awesome and thank you, always tough to find the right part numbers for things on the SVT.
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Steve owns a SVTF, tell him you have one and need a t-stat housing. He WILL know exactly what to send you. Trust me, he will not sell you a SVTF t-stat housing unless you specifically ask for that. Even then he might ask you why you would want that one specifically..
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:12 PM   #23
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FYI, I used to take back lots of warranty Dorman water necks for failure, the plastic absolutely sucks, they crack very easy as compared to OEM.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:27 PM   #24
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I hate to revive a 1yr old thread, but I wanted to comment on the coolant housing and a very inexpensive fix.

My housing has cracked TWICE on my current SVT and once on my previous 02 SVT.

However, the second time it cracked, I decided not to replace it, or upgrade to the $150+ Contour option that requires me to replace functional sensors with Contour-compatible ones.

The fracture point is the same every single time. Below where the thermostat retainer meets the housing, along an injection point. I wish I took pictures, but basically its a horizontal crack along the bottom freeze-plug fitting against the block.

Running some water through the housing in my sink I was able to clearly see this is where, and only where, the leak occurs. Very unwilling to give Ford more money at this stage for what is effectively a chronic design flaw spreading a decade of Focii (from the 98 1.8L-2.0L in UK to the 00-07 Zetec in the USA) I decided to repair it with JB Weld.

I lightly filed down and cleaned with alcohol any burrs or jags in the crack, then intentionally put some jags every few millimeters along the crack to aid weld rigitity, and lastly injected two-part JB Weld Plastic epoxy into the crack until I saw it seep into the housing near the freeze-plug hole. I cleaned up quickly with toothpicks and let it dry.

It's held for over a month in a very hot Chicago summer with constant 90's and AC use. No leaks. Cost: $6.00
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:35 PM   #25
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This is a modification showing where the housing leaks (at least where all mine have leaked) thanks OP (CellshadedSVT)

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Old 07-26-2013, 06:54 PM   #26
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This is a modification showing where the housing leaks (at least where all mine have leaked) thanks OP (CellshadedSVT)

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That's not the normal location of the common break!
Usually the housing breaks around the large o-ring, that contacts the engine block.
This usually happens when oil runs down from the head (valve cover, VCT solinoid, etc.) and contacts the rubber o-ring causing the o-ring to swell and the plastic to break. I am well into 250,000km's with no housing issues, as I make sure that I have no oil leaks and I have also replaced the standard Butyl o-rings with Viton and also do not suffer any of the common o-ring leaks as well. The Viton o-rings cost me less than $5.00 for a package of each size and the time to replace. The Butyl o-rings would only last 2 years, like clockwork!
Steve is very knowledgable and his pricing is second to none, but the Contour housing upgrade is an over reaction in my book and the CF aluminum upgrade is a complete waste of money!
I don't know why you are suffering this break, but I would bet that something unique is causing it?
It's just my opinion, so take it as such...
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:25 PM   #27
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I hate to revive a 1yr old thread, but I wanted to comment on the coolant housing and a very inexpensive fix.

My housing has cracked TWICE on my current SVT and once on my previous 02 SVT.

However, the second time it cracked, I decided not to replace it, or upgrade to the $150+ Contour option that requires me to replace functional sensors with Contour-compatible ones.

The fracture point is the same every single time. Below where the thermostat retainer meets the housing, along an injection point. I wish I took pictures, but basically its a horizontal crack along the bottom freeze-plug fitting against the block.

Running some water through the housing in my sink I was able to clearly see this is where, and only where, the leak occurs. Very unwilling to give Ford more money at this stage for what is effectively a chronic design flaw spreading a decade of Focii (from the 98 1.8L-2.0L in UK to the 00-07 Zetec in the USA) I decided to repair it with JB Weld.

I lightly filed down and cleaned with alcohol any burrs or jags in the crack, then intentionally put some jags every few millimeters along the crack to aid weld rigitity, and lastly injected two-part JB Weld Plastic epoxy into the crack until I saw it seep into the housing near the freeze-plug hole. I cleaned up quickly with toothpicks and let it dry.

It's held for over a month in a very hot Chicago summer with constant 90's and AC use. No leaks. Cost: $6.00

I upgraded for preventative maintenance, but when I took it off it was on its way to failure. This is the usual failure point...



The contour housing has been on my car for 3yrs and its been trouble free. I haven't priced them since, but it wasn't anywhere near $150.


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Old 07-26-2013, 07:45 PM   #28
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i used the Central Florida Motorsports svt housing, had it a few months, no leaks, no complaints.
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Anyone else have experience with the CFM unit? Looking for a new one now . . .
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Anyone else have experience with the CFM unit? Looking for a new one now . . .
Yeah almost 3 yrs running strong, the CFM "kit" is just the Contour housing from 99-00. You can probably get it cheaper through Village Ford or Autonation Ford.

Steve at Autonation (Tousley) said that he never really sold a Contour housing for an actual Contour, only for an upgrade for the Focus.
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