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Old 09-14-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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Noob here with a question about reliability..

Hello, I am looking at buying a 2003 SVTF and am curious about some of the engines I have seen that have had damage from lean out conditions. Is this a common problem? I will be modding the car and would like to know what might be causing this on a NA car.... Thanks


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Old 09-14-2013, 08:14 PM   #2
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There is no real history of the SVT Focus running lean , If you mod the SVT like any engine you need to do a tune on it

Change the timing belt about 80-85,000 miles , tune it for your mods regular maintenance and she will run a long long time

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Thanks for your reply....I was concerned because of what I saw. I am used to the risk on FI cars not on an NA car so much....(been into mustangs for 20 years and never heard of an NA car burning pistons) Anyway I have heard a lot of good things about the SVTF as well and look forward to having one....thanks
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Always easier to get out of shape with a forced induction motor because things happen so fast, but you can too if you get radical enough on the NA one if you start needing bigger injector and don't do 'em. A tune will take care of much of that though if done correctly. A stock SVT will run forever with no troubles............just make sure that timing belt gets changed on time.

They run lean because someone didn't do something they should have, just like the cars in the '60s.

Man I saw plenty of NA cars burn pistons, usually a doofus involved there..............and no insult intended to anyone here either.
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