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Old 12-14-2012, 04:53 PM   #11
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...didn't know there was a metal housing.

And VC gasket is next on my list.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:16 PM   #12
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There's a company that claims they're in the process of making a metal one... Also there's an uber rare aluminum Ford OEM housing in Europe.

My car never had an oil leak, and the o-ring channel in the housing still warped.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:37 PM   #13
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I believe the contour one is metal and that is why people use it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:40 PM   #14
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Contour is plastic.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:15 PM   #15
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Contour is definitely plastic...just put mine on today. Seems much beefier though...
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Steve at Tousley said something like he never actually sold a Contour housing for a Contour. So that's a good sign.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #17
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haha yeah. Got mine in yesterday and everything is still good today. Only "extra" thing I did on the install was clean up the side of the head a good bit where the housing mounts...

On a side note, it surprised me how much the o-ring on the plug was worn out after just a year, and how bad of shape the gasket for the housing-to-head was in the same amount of time. I just fixed all of this in January, about 12k miles ago, and it looked the same yesterday as 11 months ago. Glad I won't have to deal with this again (hopefully).
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:25 AM   #18
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I had leaks at the sensor and the plug. I have an o-ring kit(with probably 20-25 different sizes-diameters & thicknesses). I couldn't tell you the size that I used, but I used thicker ones. I had a hard time getting the clips back on but haven't had any more leaks in over a year. Other than timing belt breaking, motor mounts, cv joints, slave cyl. and these orings leaking, no problems 160,00+ miles it's running like new.
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I should be getting my contour thermostat housing this week.
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