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:: Coolant Leak (pictures), 2.0L ZX3 Zetec

Was about to drive my fiancees car today but after doing a standard walkaround, I noticed a nice puddle of green :| I asked her and she says:

#1 exhaust stinks (burning coolant?)
#2 coolant level goes max to min in two days, she tops it off

I snapped some pics and the yellow is where I see wet coolant stains. Did a quick search but nothing relevant. I may be missing keywords. If you can direct me to what that might be, I'll search on my own ;) Thanks!

 

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Looks to be your thermostat housing. The whole brownish box bolted to the head. It's plastic so it tends to go out often on Focus'.

Very easy to replace and cheap to buy. And it's done in a couple of hours, if not less.
 

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It's such a common problem that it's in the how-to archive:
http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?modid=59

I know I had to do mine last year. It was about a $45 part from ford. I never did find out if you could use the newer housing or only the old one so I went with the hold one to be safe.
Plus you'll need a full load of coolant.
 
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