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Old 02-16-2006, 06:59 AM   #1
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so i got this leak

ok so i got this leak goin on and its driving me nuts, the thing with this leak is that for the life of me i cant find where the hell its coming from, pretty sure its oil, anyone know of any spots that mystery leaks like to come from


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Old 02-16-2006, 07:08 AM   #2
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Ok, if you check underneath your thermostat housing, on the ride side of the engine, underneath the coilpack, you'll be able to find the notorious aluminum plug with the bad o-ring... here's a couple pics, oh and be sure to actually dab your finger in it to taste it. Yes, I said taste it, if it is sweet like maple syrup, you're got the coolant leak...



Check underneath that^^^



There's the plug, if that's not it, then post some more details about the fluid.
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We also have bad valve cover gaskets that like to pop a little leak every once in awhile, be sure to remove the 'Powered by SVT' Plate atop the engine and check all around the sides for a small oil leak, if it is in fact, oil...
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:31 AM   #4
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Yeah, I've got the slow, exhaust manifold side valve cover leak right now. Let me tell you, stop lights are a joy with that odour d'burning oil. I'm just waiting old man winter out to fix that.

Could also be the thermostat housing gasket, that one popped on me. It was a $50 fix because you have to replace the housing.
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i know this aint coolant, im bout 99% sure that its oil, i have looked and looked and for the life of me just cant find it so anymore suggestions are appreciated
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the vct solenoid's o rings are a good place to start. if you pop off the spark plug cover (4 bolts) and you see a shiny cylinder on the left sitting in a pool of oil, thats it. i've got a small leak there myself right now. you can go about it in a couple of ways apparently. johnmichael has a right up in the how to's on how to replace the valve cover gasket AND the vct solenoid. i've been told by more than one person that you can just un bolt the vct pop off the o ring and replace it with one of the same size and put it back in. i'm going to try that first. other wise you can order a new vct from ford for 88 bucks or b16sir can get you one for 48 bucks.
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Check there. I have been smelling burning oil since I bought the car and for the life of me couldn't find it. Then one day I noticed some oil that was blown out from under the spark plug wire cover and there it was.
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I've all ready replaced my thermostat housing and valve cover gasket. Haven't had any leaks ever since.
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Yeah, but the VCT sensor doesn't leak because of the valve cover. It has an O ring that goes bad.
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Well I replaced my two o-rings today, and the CEL came on after i started it up again. I am curious cuz I did have to unhook one sensor (temp sensor), but I don't see why it would be acting up. It seems like the car is running on the limp mode, but I am not sure. I drained all of the coolant and then refilled it afterwards with 50anti/50water ?

Any ideas? I have unhooked my battery in hoped of resetting the ECU, but I am not sure what else might help if that doesn't.
 
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