SVT leaking coolant - Page 2 - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-22-2012, 03:20 PM   #11
GBPackFan
Focus Enthusiast
 
GBPackFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Fan#: 84314
Location: Kalama, WA
What I Drive: 2004 Sonic Blue SVT

Posts: 207
Points 1,705, Level 24
Points: 1,705, Level: 24 Points: 1,705, Level: 24 Points: 1,705, Level: 24
Level Up 5% Completed
Level up: 5% Level up: 5% Level up: 5%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 3 GBPackFan Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (8)
The onlycost to you to get some sockets and take the t-stat housing off and take a look at it is a bottle of anti-freeze and some manual labor on your part. You could even, temporarily, skip the antifreeze and just use some water to fill the system up. It takes less than 30 minutes to take the housing off if you have the right tools. It is worth it to find out your exact problem. Throwing money at different parts that you might not need can be very costly, and time consuming.

At least once you get it off, and figure out that you won't need to replace the whole housing; you already have it off and can replace the o-rings, clean it, and put it back on with some good worm clamps.

Alot of people on here and fj, will without regard, run off the hose and immediately tell you to buy the t-stat housing. However if yours is good, and you replace it because someone on a web site told you to, then you just spent some money that could have gone to something else. Diagnosing the actual cause of the problem, before buying parts is ALWAYS a good idea. I know, I have personally thrown money at various parts trying to fix things that I had no idea were faulty. I eventually found and resolved the issue, but I was out of pocket over $300, on parts I didn't need to replace.

When I noticed my housing was leaking, I took it off and inspected it thouroly. I ended up having to replace it, and I got the Contour housing. My housing was cracked at the bottom, and was leaking a lot of fluid.
__________________
Current love affair: 2004 SVTF #953 (Josephina - pronounced hoe-se-fin-a)
RIP: 2002 SVTF #2358, Sent to graveyard on June 11, 2013. I will always remember the good times we had!!
This car made my hair go gray, and did not care.
GBPackFan is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-25-2012, 05:29 PM   #12
Krishilbun
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 95983
Location: Oak Leaf, TX
What I Drive: 2003 Focus SVT Black 3door

Posts: 45
FF Reputation: 1 Krishilbun Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
New issue lol


:(

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using FF Mobile
Krishilbun is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2012, 12:25 AM   #13
nevik
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Fan#: 28070
Location: midwest
What I Drive: 2002 Sonic Blue SVT

Posts: 184
FF Reputation: 6 nevik Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by robs02 View Post
It is a common problem. Check the orings at the sensor and the aluminum plug. Also you may only need the thermostat housing oring and not a new housing. Geez everone always says to get a new housing. You may need a new housing but take your housing off and check it first.
So u say the sensor has an oring? Is it the same size as the oring for the plug at the bottom of the housing? My housing is leaking at the sensor, and I have changed the oring at the plug once, already years ago. Not a hard fix, but just time consuming.

I agree with everyone else, I would locate the leak and try to fix with a clamp or oring first befor getting a new housing. Sorry to see your other problem, that looks a hell of a lot worse than a antifreeze leak!
__________________
2002 Sonic Blue
1281 out of 4788
nevik is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2012, 07:57 AM   #14
macdiesel
I used to drive this
 
macdiesel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 31579
Location: Chicago, IL
What I Drive: 2010 mazdaspeed3

Posts: 3,321
Points 4,112, Level 40
Points: 4,112, Level: 40 Points: 4,112, Level: 40 Points: 4,112, Level: 40
Level Up 81% Completed
Level up: 81% Level up: 81% Level up: 81%
Forum Activity 9%
Activity: 9% Activity: 9% Activity: 9%
FF Reputation: 22 macdiesel Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (17)
Looks like the coolant leak will be put on hold.
__________________
I now drive a Japanese Ford.
macdiesel is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2012, 02:06 PM   #15
Krishilbun
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 95983
Location: Oak Leaf, TX
What I Drive: 2003 Focus SVT Black 3door

Posts: 45
FF Reputation: 1 Krishilbun Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by macdiesel View Post
Looks like the coolant leak will be put on hold.
Lol ya guess ill have to wait till next week before I can do.
Krishilbun is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-27-2012, 04:25 PM   #16
Krishilbun
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 95983
Location: Oak Leaf, TX
What I Drive: 2003 Focus SVT Black 3door

Posts: 45
FF Reputation: 1 Krishilbun Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Can u just unplug hoses and aim up and avoid draining system? Catch whatever spills at bottom.
Also I only got housing gasket. They had 4 rings listed thermostat, housing, sensor, and something else.. They only had thermostat +housing available. So Just got housing gasket. Someone mentioned a worm clamp? Not sure what that is. Which clamp do u recommend I replace? The larger of the hoses clamp?

Thanks Kris
Krishilbun is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #17
macdiesel
I used to drive this
 
macdiesel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 31579
Location: Chicago, IL
What I Drive: 2010 mazdaspeed3

Posts: 3,321
Points 4,112, Level 40
Points: 4,112, Level: 40 Points: 4,112, Level: 40 Points: 4,112, Level: 40
Level Up 81% Completed
Level up: 81% Level up: 81% Level up: 81%
Forum Activity 9%
Activity: 9% Activity: 9% Activity: 9%
FF Reputation: 22 macdiesel Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (17)
Fluid will come out no matter how you try to reduce it. Just be prepared for more fluid than you think will come out by having a big ole container to catch the fluid. If the sensor is leaking you could buy a o-ring set and find the closest match and change. Worm clamp is a hose clamp. Tell auto parts store what size hose you need one for and they will get you the appropriate clamp.

Before you do any of this make sure you take the coolant cap off to reduce pressure in the system. Best bet find out exactly were your leaking from and fix that.
__________________
I now drive a Japanese Ford.
macdiesel is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-27-2012, 09:05 PM   #18
Krishilbun
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 95983
Location: Oak Leaf, TX
What I Drive: 2003 Focus SVT Black 3door

Posts: 45
FF Reputation: 1 Krishilbun Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by macdiesel View Post
Fluid will come out no matter how you try to reduce it. Just be prepared for more fluid than you think will come out by having a big ole container to catch the fluid. If the sensor is leaking you could buy a o-ring set and find the closest match and change. Worm clamp is a hose clamp. Tell auto parts store what size hose you need one for and they will get you the appropriate clamp.

Before you do any of this make sure you take the coolant cap off to reduce pressure in the system. Best bet find out exactly were your leaking from and fix that.
Extremely helpful. Thanks for info.
Krishilbun is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-30-2012, 10:03 AM   #19
svtguy88
Focus Fanatic
 
svtguy88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Fan#: 13476
Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
What I Drive: 2003 Infra Red SVT

Posts: 2,984
Points 8,547, Level 62
Points: 8,547, Level: 62 Points: 8,547, Level: 62 Points: 8,547, Level: 62
Level Up 33% Completed
Level up: 33% Level up: 33% Level up: 33%
Forum Activity 2%
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
FF Reputation: 17 svtguy88 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Another leaky thermostat housing.

I'm still battling with this on my SVT, but, like you, a larger problem made me put this on the back burner.

Anyway, I've had my housing out countless times, checked/replaced the rings, cleaned it, put *real* hose clamps on ("worm gear" clamps - not those terrible factory spring jobs)....and I STILL have a small leak somewhere on the bottom.

What's up with the Contour housing? That's a reference I've not heard before -- haven't been on here a lot lately...is that a new (well, for our cars) part? Last I checked, the only options were the factory housing and the big aluminum one that CFM (I think) makes.
svtguy88 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2013, 02:55 PM   #20
Krishilbun
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 95983
Location: Oak Leaf, TX
What I Drive: 2003 Focus SVT Black 3door

Posts: 45
FF Reputation: 1 Krishilbun Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Got housing off. What should I use to clean? Should I be careful of the thermostat in center?


Thanks. Kris
Krishilbun is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:59 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Cadillac ATS-V, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.