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Old 11-25-2015, 10:20 PM   #1
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My girl's SPI :D

Just passing through!

I'm a happy Zetec guy, but since the lady in my life doesn't have a FF profile, I thought I'd drop in on the SPI side (no valve seat pun intended! lol)

Her car:
2003 SPI auto. 203k on the odometer. We bought it for cheap a few months back from the original owner, just a few miles from where we live. While they had it, it's been almost exclusively serviced it's whole life at the Ford dealer. Since I'm the family mechanic, I took over for the sake of saving some $$$.
I've already done the following in the interest of a healthy Focus:
Spark plugs and wires, a couple oil changes, air filter, fuel filter, tranny flush and filter, coolant flush, brake flush/bleed, even new power steering fluid, all three mounts (the pass. side went bad, and she insisted on replacing all 3. I love her!), and a good Seafoam-ing. Getting ready to do a timing belt/water pump job soon.

I know that these SPI's are rather notorious for dropping valve seats. But this car has 203,000 original miles, and there are no outward signs of any cylinder head replacement, and nothing in the maintenance records indicating that anything like that has happened. Since I'm a Zetec guy, I don't know much, and I was just wondering: Are there certain SPI's that don't have this problem, or should I expect a valve seat to off itself before too much longer? She loves her Focus and I do too, and I've already done/am doing everything to make it last another 203k, but that thought just won't leave the back of my mind. Anyone else have an absurd amount of mileage with no issues like us?


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Old 11-25-2015, 10:37 PM   #2
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Saw one reported that got close to 300k, so it's possible.

Overheating kills 'em, though you can't blame the majority on that it'll either take out the head gasket or drop a seat then.
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:13 PM   #3
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By the production numbers alone sooner or later some of them have to go the full distance. It's a chaosian theory random sort of thing. But as said if you want to tilt the table any overheat is the way to do it.
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:25 AM   #4
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Huh. Guess we're just lucky, and maintenance is a good idea, just like anything I suppose. When it happens, it happens. We'll just make sure it's worth fixing when it does lol.
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Old 11-26-2015, 05:30 PM   #5
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check the cooling fan resistor and the plug, when it go bad the fan stop working at low speed that keep the engine at normal operating temp. and stopped it from getting hot, the spi rum more cooler then the zetec engine autozone carry part and plug here is the part # Duralast/Cooling Fan Control ,Part # JA722 and it's in the middle of the two fan
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for the p/n on that resistor, I'm sure that'll come in handy when hers goes someday!
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check the cooling fan resistor and the plug, when it go bad the fan stop working at low speed that keep the engine at normal operating temp. and stopped it from getting hot, the spi rum more cooler then the zetec engine autozone carry part and plug here is the part # Duralast/Cooling Fan Control ,Part # JA722 and it's in the middle of the two fan
I had this problem with my car lol.
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Old 12-25-2015, 06:27 AM   #8
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Go ahead and replace the resistor proactively! And check for proper cooling fan(s) operation. Just the one overhead can kill it ...
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Old 12-26-2015, 07:01 PM   #9
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Good idea, I'd rather nip it in the bud than throw a part at it post-overheat and pray.
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