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Old 09-05-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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ford focus overheat

So I think we found the overheating problem with my 2002 ford focus.

Removed the spark plugs, seemed fine. did a pressure test on the coolig system and found the plastic pipe running along the top of the radiator had cracked. Is this a common problem? Also, is this part only available through Ford and what is cost of the part?? haven't had a chance to check yet. Just wanted to say thanks to the guy in Memphis TN -you were right, apparently not a head gasket issue, thank god

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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It's a very common problem. That poor little plastic pipe can only take so many years of heat cycling. I'm not sure if you can get that part at the auto parts store but I think the dealer price is very reasonable. Were you visibly leaking coolant?
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It's a very common problem. That poor little plastic pipe can only take so many years of heat cycling. I'm not sure if you can get that part at the auto parts store but I think the dealer price is very reasonable. Were you visibly leaking coolant?
Yeah, he was spraying it all over the engine compartment, filling up the spark plug tubes, etc.

I'm not even sure what that is myself, but I don't have a Zetec. Hopefully someone else will know. Your problem with the parts guy is that he doesn't know what to call that part. They don't have exploded views like dealers do.
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Where does that pipe connect to? Both ends please. I'm searching RockAuto, but I'm seeing a lot of different hoses, and no special names for any except the coolant bypass hose. I don't think that's it though as it is for bypassing the heater core if I understand it correctly.
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Corrections made after looking at it this morning.

It's a hard plastic tube about 18" long. On one end it has 2 connections one from the t-state and the other is connected to the firewall. The piece then widens out to the other end which dumps into the lower radiator hose. Mounted above the radiator. If your not gentle removing the hoses it will break. Mine is still good after 7 years and 200k.

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Ok, hoses that go from the thermostat to the overflow are available at Rock Auto- fairly cheap too, but I'd get it locally because the shipping will likely cost you as much as the difference. You just need to find a better parts attendant who's willing to take the time to satisfy you.
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It's a very common problem. That poor little plastic pipe can only take so many years of heat cycling. I'm not sure if you can get that part at the auto parts store but I think the dealer price is very reasonable. Were you visibly leaking coolant?
Looks like OEM to me.
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Yeah

U might say it overheated -went to make a turn and coolant blowing out the back and coolant all over the engine compartment -car overheating. We thought headgasket because apparently coming out exhaust but I think it just leaked onto exhaust manifold. What a mess -try to get that pipe this week. other than that, car has been great, oil changes only!!
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Is this the problem part?
"Water Inlet Tube", part # YS4Z-8290-BA about $30 from Ford

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I just ordered this part from PartsGeek this past week. They call this tube, "HVAC Heater Hose Outlet Tube", Part#: 902-206 Same part as pictured above by BC_ZX3.
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