Just wanted to say thanks
I have a lot of drive, but no prior mechanical experience other than basic oil changes. However, with information almost exclusively gained from my time on Focus Fanatics, I successfully completed the following over the weekend:
Full timing assembly replacement (belt, tensioner, and pulley)
Serpentine belt replacement, with new tensioner
Water pump replacement
Leaky thermostat housing replacement (not an o-ring or sensor leak; the actual housing had started to separate and leak at the seam)--also replaced the thermostat
Valve cover gasket replacement
I also swapped in new Motorcraft copper plugs while I was at it (gapped to .060 as recommended). She's running better than ever, with no leaks or CELs (so far)! I wanted to give a big thanks to everyone here at FF, without whom I'd have probably spent at least two to three times as much as I did with a mechanic--and without the satisfaction of personal accomplishment to go with it!