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Old 11-02-2013, 02:40 AM   #1
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SPI Engine recalls?

Did Ford ever acknowledge the valve seat issue on the SPI engines or did they just brush it off like no big deal? I'd imagine if my engine were practically ruined with 90-100,000 miles on it I'd be pretty pissed. Was any repair program offered?


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Old 11-02-2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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Well, at the time the Spi was originally designed, engines weren't expected to last much past 100,000 miles so having a failure like that was the norm. Its not till recently that engines can be expected to last for 200,000 or 300,000 miles. Now admittedly, Spi can end there life very early if they haven't been properly maintained in there early lives, but they were the low cost motor for the Focus and I don't think Ford ever expected them to last much beyond what they do.
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Moved to "Ford Focus & General Car Chat". As far as I know, I have never seen any recalls for the SPI motor.
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nope. it's an engine that did what it was supposed to on a disposable vehicle.

They make great platforms for wild engine swaps though.
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It's one of those where you can hear Dealer Service Departments STILL saying:

".....Wow - I'm shocked - I've never seen that before.....:

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nope. it's an engine that did what it was supposed to on a disposable vehicle.

They make great platforms for wild engine swaps though.
That's what someone at my local Ford dealer said. I dunno why people see the low end Focus as disposable. Yes, I understand it replaced the escort which was low but I wouldn't intentionally design an engine to just kill itself. I'm glad I have the 2.0L Zetec, cause I'm going on 140,000 miles.
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It's just like the soft cams and piston slap on some GM cars and trucks it was a mistake like the bad valve seats on the SPI.
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Ford won't typically recall for an issue like this... The engines will last long after the warenty and is not a danger to the driver or passenger... Why is it in fords interest to fix that motor. And it would be a rather expensive fix.

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Ford won't typically recall for an issue like this... The engines will last long after the warenty and is not a danger to the driver or passenger... Why is it in fords interest to fix that motor. And it would be a rather expensive fix.
Correct. Although, relatively speaking, the fix is not that expensive. A remanufactured head prevents the problem.

But you are right, the negative publicity alone would prevent any form of recall, or even acknowledgement of a problem from Ford. Right now, acting like there is no problem is costing them nothing.

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I'm glad I have the 2.0L Zetec, cause I'm going on 140,000 miles
I have 125k on my SPI. Typically, valve seats drop between 115k-150k, though I have seen some as early as 80k, and some as late as 200k.

The most frustrating part for SPI owners, is apart from this one major problem, the SPI is a very reliable motor. Escort varieties were known to go 300k on basic maintenance.
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