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Old 03-21-2007, 06:08 PM   #1
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Wow, check your ride often...

So, I wake up this morning with the determination to detail my SVT's interior as well as the engine bay. I get my cleaning stuff, head on outside and get to work... I finish polishing the inside and begin to move into the engine bay, after popping the hood, several key elements jumped to my attention:

1- My intake is not connected to my TB. Wow, how my car was running correctly, I do not know. There was no loss of power, no stuttering or jarring, and no decrease of power whatsoever! So, after loosening the clamps, I jam the intake back into it's housing and cinch everything back up. Good as new.

2- Oil, oil everywhere. My freaking Valve Cover gasket that I replaced about a year ago has sprung several new leaks. Crap! After cleaning most of the Goo off, I found a rotted rubber grommet that could be the culprit... Thanks Ford.

3- Upon inspecting my plug area, I found the 2 left spark plugs chambers to be puddled with oil. Double Crap!! After cleaning out as much oil as possible, I concluded it was again the faulty Valve Cover Gasket.

My question: How bad is the oil in the Spark Plug valley? I figure if any oil made it past the threads, it would just burn off in the cylinder chamber, right? So, I guess it's off to Ford to order yet another freaking Valve Cover Gasket. Crap dangit!

Well, my baby's clean now though! Just gotta take care of that dang gasket and I'll be set...


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Old 03-21-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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yup my cam cover gasket went as well. oil in the valley. i got a new gasket just waiting for my msd coil, wires and ngk plugs. oil should never pass the threads unless you plugs are not tight. yup ford is know for cam cover going bad. i do alot of them on jaguars. owell
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:39 PM   #3
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So, I wake up this morning with the determination to detail my SVT's interior as well as the engine bay. I get my cleaning stuff, head on outside and get to work... I finish polishing the inside and begin to move into the engine bay, after popping the hood, several key elements jumped to my attention:

1- My intake is not connected to my TB. Wow, how my car was running correctly, I do not know. There was no loss of power, no stuttering or jarring, and no decrease of power whatsoever! So, after loosening the clamps, I jam the intake back into it's housing and cinch everything back up. Good as new.

2- Oil, oil everywhere. My freaking Valve Cover gasket that I replaced about a year ago has sprung several new leaks. Crap! After cleaning most of the Goo off, I found a rotted rubber grommet that could be the culprit... Thanks Ford.

3- Upon inspecting my plug area, I found the 2 left spark plugs chambers to be puddled with oil. Double Crap!! After cleaning out as much oil as possible, I concluded it was again the faulty Valve Cover Gasket.

My question: How bad is the oil in the Spark Plug valley? I figure if any oil made it past the threads, it would just burn off in the cylinder chamber, right? So, I guess it's off to Ford to order yet another freaking Valve Cover Gasket. Crap dangit!

Well, my baby's clean now though! Just gotta take care of that dang gasket and I'll be set...

OMG tell me about the stupid gromets! I have been there done that. And the puddling in the plug galleries? BEEN THERE! LOL I think I mention something about this once a day atleast...
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ouch thats quite a lil problem that occured, glad your gonna get it all fixed

also are just svts bad at this or the zetecs as well?
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I've seen the regular zetec VCs and they look a lot better as far as the gromets are concerned. The SVT has big gromets with TINY washers that squash the gromets out. Major pain in the ass...
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um.....when was the last time you opened your hood?????
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^^^lol, I'm not one to dismiss my ride at all, it's just in the past few months things have been freaking nuts! I'd say it's been at least a month and a half without popping the hood...not too bad.

Thanks for the comments guys, it always calms my mood seeing other guys with the same problems...
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I've seen the regular zetec VCs and they look a lot better as far as the gromets are concerned. The SVT has big gromets with TINY washers that squash the gromets out. Major pain in the ass...
Ditto to that, frickin little washers...
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Yeah man. I go under there atleast once a week to inspect the perpetually leaking gromets. I just ordered a new set from Mike because my most recent ones have squashed out again. Aside from the stumbling, it's a pain because it makes your engine bay really crappy. This drove me SO nuts that I actually painted the VC black to try to hide some of the haziness from the oil leaking. LOL like I said, it drives me nuts!
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Painted black you say? You use a high-temp enamel or something? I shall probably be hitting Mike up with a Gasket order pretty soon...so Mike, if you're reading this, go ahead and get one ready for shipment!
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