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Old 12-20-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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Angry Cannot Figure Out MASSIVE Coolant Leak

So yesterday I was driving to work and out of nowhere, smoke started pouring out of my hood so I pull over and quickly realize my coolant had a massive leak and was empty. So I put some more in it and start it to find my (what I now know is called) Coolant Hose Flange has is cracked down the middle and that's where it was pouring out from. So I replaced it today, filled up my coolant and drove home (about 20 minutes) and right as I get back it starts smoking again and the coolant's empty but the Hose Flange seems to be doing it's job... I deliver pizza's so this is killing me... Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!


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where is the leak coming from , any part of the engine part in particular

a picture if you have one can help.
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Have you checked the thermostat housing? That is the most common place to spring a coolant leak

http://www.focushacks.com/mod/Replac...mostat_housing

You can get the entire assembly brand new from Pep boys pre-assembled:
http://www.pepboys.com/product/detai...tlets_gaskets/
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Thanks guys.. It looks like it's coming from around where what I believe is the water pump? I really don't know a whole lot about parts so bear with me.. The front-left area
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Front left is where the thermostat housing is:


Water pump is on the right. It took me about 45 min to replace it. I followed the above guide that I posted, and I am not a mechanic.

If it's coming from the area in the pic I posted, just replace your housing, you can do it by yourself, you'll be fine:)
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then it more than likely is the water pump , as that is the location of the pump on the car , there are 2-3 hoses coming of the coolant tank also check to make sure those are secure and not leaking since it is on that side also.
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then it more than likely is the water pump , as that is the location of the pump on the car , there are 2-3 hoses coming of the coolant tank also check to make sure those are secure and not leaking since it is on that side also.
Yeah, I had to think for a min you are right
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Yeah, I had to think for a min you are right
yea the mitsubishi 2.0 DOHC is on the right hand side front .

not the Zetec :P
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Front left is where the thermostat housing is:


Water pump is on the right. It took me about 45 min to replace it. I followed the above guide that I posted, and I am not a mechanic.

If it's coming from the area in the pic I posted, just replace your housing, you can do it by yourself, you'll be fine:)
There is a plethora of threads describing (in detail, with photographs) how to do everything for Ford Focus'.

Here's the threads link:
- * * * * C o m p l e t e ' H o w T o ' A r c h i v e * * * *

Here's the water pump guide specifically:
- New Water Pump Replacement HOW-TO w/ PICS

As far as coolant leaking:
Check ALL physical hose connections. You can run distilled water through it for now to find it (NOTE: Water tends to cause rust after a while).
If it's a leaking " o-ring " around the water pump, or something else: It shouldn't be too difficult to change out.
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Gotcha.. The water pump looked pretty corroded actually but I didn't see any anti-freeze on it, from what I could see from the top at least, but yeah, that very well may be it... Will also look into the hoses.. Thanks for the how-to! Although if that's the case, I may not trust myself enough to do it myself hah but will definitely look into it.. But yeah, it's just so weird to me I had this blatant leak out of nowhere, replaced the part, and it's still going on
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