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anybody ever busted out the o-ring that goes from the housing to the head?

thats exactly what i did this morning. there's a peice of plastic there to hold the rubber o-ring onto the head and thats what broke.

just wanted to see if this happend to anyone else and if anybody new what causes stuff like that to happen.

maybe my coolant froze
 

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it's a typical wear item on Zetecs and happens to just about everyone eventually. Mike at Hilbish can get you one at a good price. I got mine from him.
 

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mike said he could get me one for $36, my zts is my dd so i needed on today so i went to the dealership, ugh they are bloodsuckers! they charged me $70!! for a little peice of plastic
 

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^^^^ EXACTLY!!!!! i cracked the housing back when i did my clutch and was putting the tranny back in and i needed the housing asap so i went to the dealer thinking i was gonna pay like what mike gets for it( hadn't asked him at the time). told the guy what i needed and he went and got one, and i'm all excited cause he had it, he sets it on the counter then he's like..... "OOOkkkk that'll be 68.95"........ my face went from [:D] to [:(!] to [bawling] .... couldnt believe what they wanted for just that piece of plastic....... u don't even get the friggen thermostat with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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definitely sucks to buy from the dealerships. i won't go to them unless it's an emergency and i need the part immediately.. well, at least you got it fixed
 

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Yes I too have busted said housing I believe at about 70,000 from what I understand it is a common wear part on a zetec.
 

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im gonna replace my housing. its leaking and it's not coming from the o-ring and the housing is soaked so now i know to get the part from mike hey does the new housing have that o-ring to or did they do away with it
 

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I remember when my old car's housing cracked. I went to three separate Advance's that all told me on the phone that they had the housing I needed. None of them did...all were the other design (SPI perhaps). And then, I too paid out the nose at a dealership.
 

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My housing leaks from an insert in an unused port. Changed the o-ring there a while back but the slow drip came back. Contemplating JB welding the plug in. ANyone else have this issue?
 

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whats the purpose of the o-ring just something stupid to replace for ford to make a buck i mean if there leaking why not make a new housing with no o-ring
 

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Well, it's either they use a gasket or the o-ring, and why would Ford want to redesign a part that is making them money? The housing works reasonably well, and typically fails outside of any sort of warranty. As far as Ford is concerned, the part is perfect.....
 

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Yes i thought a flat gasket would work better but my whole housing warped.My brother said some one should make a housing out of aluminum for high performance and would just hold up better.[strongman]
 

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