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Old 04-19-2012, 03:19 PM   #11
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...Thanks to this Forum, I was able to track down a serious issue I had with the first Focus I purchase back in nov 2011.
I had a major oil leak in the engine bay and back then the dealer was not able to precisely tell me the nature of the oil leak.
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... I had a similar issue with oil gushing out everywhere, but in my case it would seem the oil dipstick was "faulty"...
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Wanted to go for a nice Easter ride with the girlfriend, decided to check oil on new Focus (2400 mi.). Raised hood and see puddles of oil on valve cover! Good thing I checked oil before 135 mi. trip to girl's house. So I know it happened recently. Blown rubber seal on part you've circled on pic, front vct soleniod. Just got car back from dealer, today. They cleaned up engine,...
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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No I am not having this issue with my second Focus, however, I'll admit that I dont feel ''at rest'' or very much confident about the new car either. Having the oil leaking issue with the first Focus (SE hatchback) and now the transmission/MFT issue with my second one (The SEL Sedan), I have realized that I dont fully trust the car or the product anymore...and I hate to say it, but the car has become the source of some less than tastefull fiability jokes around the house and the office. To be honest, we take my wife's SUV when we go out of town...that says a lot about how far we trust the car...I wanted to like this car sooo much. Sorry OP, back to the thread.
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I had my oil leak as well. Had to have it towed to the dealer!
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:14 PM   #14
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Argh...that suks...I'm sorry to hear that. I check the engine bay once a week, just to make sure it doesnt leak again on this new SEL I got to replace the stinky/Leaking SE. I cant really put in words how bad I feel everytime I open the hood and realize that I have to do a visual check on a 30K$ with 5500 Km on it...thats just sad.

When my leaking SE was brought in, I was told I had about a litrer of oil left in the engine. Based on the mess it did in the engine bay AND my driveway, I had no problem beleiving that back then.

What makes me hyper mad is that they totally missed it when doing the PDI I was charged for...I mean, how can you miss such a mess? And what exaclty did I paid for ? Some air and a warm hand shake ??



On the left: The SE HB with faulty Solenoids seals that I brought back...on the right, the new SEL Sedan I purchased to replace the SE HB...took a nasty hit, of course, but it's more like the car I wanted initially.

(Finally found a way to download my pics from my phone and share them here)

And today, detailling the car, I found this under the hood...again...some oil around the CVT seals...




Cleand it up to this:



I'm keeping an eye out for those seals and report any leaks.

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Old 07-29-2018, 07:53 PM   #15
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I know this is an old post, but wanted to add my experience. I have a 2012 Focus. I had same issue; oil leaking from seal around vct Solenoid. I replaced with Felpro valve cover gasket. The Felpro VCT circular gasket fit so tight into the valve cover that I had to tap in with a 2X4 and hammer. I also had to firmly press on the valve cover to push the new valve cover seals onto the Solenoids. When completed, the leak was worse. I took apart and found the vct Solenoid gasket had split in half. Maybe if I had lubricated the solenoids, this would not have happened. I went to the local Ford dealer and bought the OEM valve cover gasket. I was able to easily press the gaskets into the valve cover, and they pressed easily over the solenoids....and no leaks!
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I know this is an old post, but wanted to add my experience. I have a 2012 Focus. I had same issue; oil leaking from seal around vct Solenoid. I replaced with Felpro valve cover gasket. The Felpro VCT circular gasket fit so tight into the valve cover that I had to tap in with a 2X4 and hammer. I also had to firmly press on the valve cover to push the new valve cover seals onto the Solenoids. When completed, the leak was worse. I took apart and found the vct Solenoid gasket had split in half. Maybe if I had lubricated the solenoids, this would not have happened. I went to the local Ford dealer and bought the OEM valve cover gasket. I was able to easily press the gaskets into the valve cover, and they pressed easily over the solenoids....and no leaks!
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My Focus had the same issue awhile back. I bought the gasket kit from my local dealership and found the tool that was required to install the VCT seals. It took about 2.5 hours from start to finish. It's not that bad of a job to do. Cost me about 50 bucks or so for everything.

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Looking into this now as last night I was changing my spark plugs on 2016 Focus ST and found that one of the VCT Seals seems to have a slight Oil leak, I'm at 49,000 mi. My question is can I just replace that seal without taking the whole valve cover off, or do you need to remove the whole valve cover to get to that seal? Everything else seems to be leak free, so ideally I would rather just change that but if I have to take the whole valve cover off I would just do all the gaskets then.
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Looking into this now as last night I was changing my spark plugs on 2016 Focus ST and found that one of the VCT Seals seems to have a slight Oil leak, I'm at 49,000 mi. My question is can I just replace that seal without taking the whole valve cover off, or do you need to remove the whole valve cover to get to that seal? Everything else seems to be leak free, so ideally I would rather just change that but if I have to take the whole valve cover off I would just do all the gaskets then.
Your car is still under warranty for that part... Go to the dealer.
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