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Old 05-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #31
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hello everyone,im new here hope im welcome,

i just want to share what happened to my 2.0 spi sohc engine,happened at 148000 miles here on miami florida,normal sunny day,82F weather last tuesday.
the valve seat dropped on cylinder 2,its so bad, it pierce the cylinder wall and created a big hole,i was told by the mechanic,none of the intake and exhaust manifolds and cylinder head and block can be recovered as it is so damage,pieces might be trap on those,coz me coz me 1600 for a rebuild engine,

I just want to ask, this event could have cause by me by neglect?
I always change oil,add coolant,timing belt been replace and coolant,it never overheated,im lost on this one.
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No, it is not your fault. The SPI engine is JUNK. Take a look on my photobucket at my near mint condition 02 Focus that dropped a valve seat. It was well cared for. It doesn't matter if you are an old grandma or grandpa that babies and pampers these motors, they are still going to drop a valve seat. Do NOT replace the SPI, do a Zetec swap. All you really need is the wiring harness, exhaust flex pipe, motor mounts, and upper radiator hoses to do the swap. Its all plug and play and it would be cheaper to do the swap than to replace the SPI with another SPI. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:22 PM   #32
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No, it is not your fault. The SPI engine is JUNK. Take a look on my photobucket at my near mint condition 02 Focus that dropped a valve seat. It was well cared for. It doesn't matter if you are an old grandma or grandpa that babies and pampers these motors, they are still going to drop a valve seat. Do NOT replace the SPI, do a Zetec swap. All you really need is the wiring harness, exhaust flex pipe, motor mounts, and upper radiator hoses to do the swap. Its all plug and play and it would be cheaper to do the swap than to replace the SPI with another SPI. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
You did your swap?
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:46 PM   #33
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trust me,i was engage to do that,im just pissed i dont have any mechanically inclined family and friends, i have tools, just dont have a crane or a hoist to pull an engine,i have hundred junkyards around me and its killing me inside i wasnt able to do this swap,
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:50 PM   #34
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i THINK you can rent hoists right? And go slow im sure we could help you do it. If you want to do it enough Im sure you could
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You did your swap?
Nope not yet because my best friend has been working every day. I need him to be here to help me tear out a motor at Harrys You Pullit in Hazelton PA. Thats also a very long drive from my place you gotta go through the sticks to get there I don't feel safe going by myself.

But I am doing the swap. It should be underway in about 2 weeks. Sadly, I'm probably not going to make it to the Carlisle Ford Nationals this year, I only live an hour from there.
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trust me,i was engage to do that,im just pissed i dont have any mechanically inclined family and friends, i have tools, just dont have a crane or a hoist to pull an engine,i have hundred junkyards around me and its killing me inside i wasnt able to do this swap,
I'm not mechanically inclined either, but I have friends who are.
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Nope not yet because my best friend has been working every day. I need him to be here to help me tear out a motor at Harrys You Pullit in Hazelton PA. Thats also a very long drive from my place you gotta go through the sticks to get there I don't feel safe going by myself.

But I am doing the swap. It should be underway in about 2 weeks. Sadly, I'm probably not going to make it to the Carlisle Ford Nationals this year, I only live an hour from there.
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Honestly? I like to see how others do things and learn. Personal gain I guess.
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How do i do a build thread? I've never done that before. Explain please?
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