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Old 11-11-2007, 03:50 PM   #1
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2001 ford focus leaking radiator fluid

I have a 2001 focus SE with the ZETC engine.

Yestarday after a trip back from MPLS I noticed a puddle under my car to the right of the engine (directly right, almost under it, almost to the left of the driver side front tire).

I started the car up and sure enough; radiator fluid is dripping down the right side of the engine.

I havn't jacked up the car yet (waiting for my room mate to show up) but I'm trying to see if I can find the problem (and solution) to fixing this issue and figured I would ask the experts .

I have 2 photos that are not very good quality; but to mainly just show the problem areas.


This first image is under the car; it just shows that the fluid is running nearly on the right side (if your facing the engine) the entire time.


The second photo is from the top. The two sections I have marked I can see moisture from the fluid.

I checked the tubes and none of them seem to be leaking, the only spot that I _seemed_ to be leaking was the box to the right of the engine (connected to the engine) to the left of the circles in the 2nd photo.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start, what to look for or ideas on how to figure out exactly where the leak might be at? Or any ideas on what might be causing the problem?

Thanks in advance folks!

-Eric.


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Old 11-11-2007, 04:00 PM   #2
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Thermostat housing. Its pretty common. Its that plastic box looking thing that your upper radiator hose goes into. I think some people try just replaceing the seal without much luck so most people replace the whole housing and the install is pretty painless.
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:06 PM   #3
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Thanks three x z. I had seen many people posting this problem but I wasn't sure where the thermostat house was located.

I will check this out again and do some testing.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:16 PM   #4
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Yeah I just shoved a bunch of paper towels under what I think is the thermostat housing and sure enough they were soaked with fluid.

Just to make sure, the houses is the box directly to the left of the circled sections in the second photo right?
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:23 PM   #5
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i was able to replace the gasket on car. one thing though is to have the gasket seted properly when you put it back together. been 8 months since and not a problem. i had to get the gasket from ford none of my local parts stores didnot carry this item. believe it was something like $13cdn.
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