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Old 02-05-2012, 02:00 PM   #11
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My wife's just broke Friday. 106k
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #12
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Exclamation Ouch!

That's unfortunate, but expected.

If you are new to this, here's a thread you want to read about potentially repairing it:


Fixed Up a white 2001 P-code SE Sedan
including rebuilding the SPI (see my threads)
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:25 PM   #13
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Mine went at 123,000
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Well guys add me to the list, mine died on Wednesday afternoon. 108,888 miles. The dream is over.
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Sense 2000 I have built about 150 of these engines with about 140 of them with dropped valves anywhere from 43,000 miles to 318,000 miles in a Mail Car

There should of been a recall on that engine

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Old 02-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #16
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Mine has never dropped a seat. But I bought mine a new cylinder head that has the valve seat issue corrected on it. If you wait to do something until it drops....you might either have to do a huge rebuild job on the block. If the pieces of the valve seat destroy the wall in the block where the piston is. Destroys the piston or the rod itself. At that point you would ask yourself...do I want to rebuild my SPI engine? Scrap the car or buy a new one? Do a Zetec engine swap? Some do the swap....but instead I just bought a cylinder head so I dont have to worry. Yes the Zetec is more power and you can modify it more. Some say the swap is easy...some say it's hard. I was a bit frightened of the whole harness and computer harness. I was terrified it would turn into a nightmare figuring out the harness situtaion. I considered it but didn't find any tutorials with pictures and step by step instructions with what to do with the harness or parts of the harness needed. So I just took the easy way out and replaced the head. I got mine from www.headsonly.com They are aware of the issue and have fixed the problem. Good luck with the Focus. They are great cars and I love mine. It's just a shame Ford didn't fess up to their mistake and fix the problem.

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wow! ive heard bag things about these engines but i though it was because of bad drivers/owners... didnt know they where actually made of butter, why no recall? or improvement? that means after 60-70k you better just sell the damn car :S
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Just had two of mine go is in the same month lol. Must be valve dropping season. Just had finished the rebuild on one and the other one went, was going to put a new head on it but was running it until i finished the first rebuild lol. Mileage as 205K on the first one and 96k on the later.
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I have rebuilt 5 of these motors from 104k to 191k miles all dropped seats
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do they drop randomly or can u hear them start to tick i have one with 161xxx on it and i know the last 4xxx miles were miles put on by driving hard from racing people haha
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