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johnS
Noticed a oil leak of some kind. It's a clear type and is sort of sticky, here are a few images, the white cylinder shaped thing is a oil filter I think. There are drips every 10 seconds and it's worrying me

[img]http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/suddste/DSCF1072.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/suddste/DSCF1073.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/suddste/DSCF1074.jpg[/img]


Any ideas?

There is a clicking noise audible outside, could this be gearbox oil and this has now damaged the gears?
stef123
looks like coolant.

look at the last picture, in the top left above the oil filter i can see a load of pink deposit which is from the coolant

can you get us a better picture of around that area
johnS
[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1312143219' post='138136']
looks like coolant.

look at the last picture, in the top left above the oil filter i can see a load of pink deposit which is from the coolant

can you get us a better picture of around that area
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yeah, just went out and got one, here it is:
[img]http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/suddste/DSCF1075.jpg[/img]
stef123
given the colour of the liquid in the last pic you just took thats about to drip off the sump, the leak you have is coolant.

And heres where it appears to be leaking from or thereabouts
[IMG]http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r108/fyfie101/DSCF1074-1.jpg[/IMG]
johnS
[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1312144229' post='138141']
given the colour of the liquid in the last pic you just took thats about to drip off the sump, the leak you have is coolant.

And heres where it appears to be leaking from or thereabouts
[IMG]http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r108/fyfie101/DSCF1074-1.jpg[/IMG]
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any ideas as to the fix? Will it be a lot, can I find the leak and possibly do it my self?
stef123
[quote name='johnS' timestamp='1312144455' post='138142']
any ideas as to the fix? Will it be a lot, can I find the leak and possibly do it my self?
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can you get your camera into the area i have circled in red? cant see much as the oil filter is blocking the camera.

I dont see why you couldnt repair yourself
johnS
[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1312144567' post='138143']
can you get your camera into the area i have circled in red? cant see much as the oil filter is blocking the camera.

I dont see why you couldnt repair yourself
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it's quite dark now, i'll have to try it in the morning and post here tommorow
johnS
hold on stef123, I have a photo a while back at the top of the engine block that is unexplained, uploading the image now, may take a while
stef123
[quote name='johnS' timestamp='1312144938' post='138145']
hold on stef123, I have a photo a while back at the top of the engine block that is unexplained, uploading the image now, may take a while
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will look back in 10 minutes, its food time anyway :lol:
johnS
(See to the left of the image, left of the dipstick)

[img]http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv57/suddste/DSCF0963.jpg[/img]
stef123
are you referring to the black inlet manifold? i can see a clean area. i wouldnt say its related to your slight coolant leak.
johnS
[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1312146460' post='138150']
are you referring to the black inlet manifold? i can see a clean area. i wouldnt say its related to your slight coolant leak.
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ok, thanks, it's for certain a coolant leak? Is this a common problem at 44,000mls?
stef123
[quote name='johnS' timestamp='1312147103' post='138152']
ok, thanks, it's for certain a coolant leak? Is this a common problem at 44,000mls?
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from what you have shown, i would say so. the pink residue is most certainly left behind by coolant. If you can work out where the coolant is weeping from we should be able to help you out with regards to fixing it. not heard of many focus mk1.5's with coolant leaks, certainly not from that area.

have you had to top the coolant up at all? also whats the level at just now?
johnS
[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1312147582' post='138154']
from what you have shown, i would say so. the pink residue is most certainly left behind by coolant. If you can work out where the coolant is weeping from we should be able to help you out with regards to fixing it. not heard of many focus mk1.5's with coolant leaks, certainly not from that area.

have you had to top the coolant up at all? also whats the level at just now?
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Thanks for the help, I will check tommorow under the bonnet for the coolant levels, the bottle did seem a bit dirty and the coolant was orange, not pink, not sure if this means that the pink fluid is not the coolant.
stef123
[quote name='johnS' timestamp='1312147923' post='138155']
Thanks for the help, I will check tommorow under the bonnet for the coolant levels, the bottle did seem a bit dirty and the coolant was orange, not pink, not sure if this means that the pink fluid is not the coolant.
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It could be that the pink residue is from some time ago and that is has been replaced since. the liquid about to drip from the sump does look like coolant also.
johnS
[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1312148400' post='138158']
It could be that the pink residue is from some time ago and that is has been replaced since. the liquid about to drip from the sump does look like coolant also.
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ok, thanks.

I wonder if these things are related:

-at idle the heat does not come out as much, I know the heat comes from coolant
-and could the clicking noise possibly be a water pump noise, relating to the leak?

And one question, if I take it to my local garage, how much do you expect it wouild cost?
stef123
[quote name='johnS' timestamp='1312148697' post='138160']
ok, thanks.

I wonder if these things are related:

-at idle the heat does not come out as much, I know the heat comes from coolant
-and could the clicking noise possibly be a water pump noise, relating to the leak?

And one question, if I take it to my local garage, how much do you expect it wouild cost?
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From the pictures i would rule out the water pump, the location of the water pump is on the left hand side of the engine and to me it would be weeping at that side.

If the system has air in it, then it is possible that the heater wont be as hot as it should.

A local garage might well have a look at the car for free in hope that they get to fix it, but it really depends on what needs done. It could be as easy as something needing tightened.

get us some more pictures of the affected, as i said if you can trace it to where its coming from then we should be able to help fix it.
johnS
[quote name='stef123' timestamp='1312149154' post='138161']
From the pictures i would rule out the water pump, the location of the water pump is on the left hand side of the engine and to me it would be weeping at that side.

If the system has air in it, then it is possible that the heater wont be as hot as it should.

A local garage might well have a look at the car for free in hope that they get to fix it, but it really depends on what needs done. It could be as easy as something needing tightened.

get us some more pictures of the affected, as i said if you can trace it to where its coming from then we should be able to help fix it.
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ok, thanks. I'll try and find the leak source tommorow.
johnS
You may hate me for doing this, but took it to the garage and they say it's the thermostat leaking. They say they need to take the alternator and air conditioning pump out to do it. Not an easy job they say, I have read about this and is it really a hard job, is all this nessesary?
jeebowhite
To get to the thermostat? I dont believe so? however the price seems about right...

Take a look at the below, one of them may enable you to buy the part and fit it yourself, otherwise you could just buy the part and take it to a garage if necessary. However removing the other bits seems a little excessive.

http://www.focushacks.com/?modid=59&ht=Replacing%20the%20thermostat%20and/or%20thermostat%20housing

http://fordfocusworld.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=963
artscot79
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1312202659' post='138228']
To get to the thermostat? I dont believe so? however the price seems about right...

Take a look at the below, one of them may enable you to buy the part and fit it yourself, otherwise you could just buy the part and take it to a garage if necessary. However removing the other bits seems a little excessive.

[url="http://www.focushacks.com/?modid=59&ht=Replacing%20the%20thermostat%20and/or%20thermostat%20housing"]http://www.focushack...ostat%20housing[/url]

[url="http://fordfocusworld.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=963"]http://fordfocusworl....php?f=39&t=963[/url]
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do youreself a favour and find out how much ford wil take to do it you may find youre better having it done there take out alternator and aircon for a thermostat is bollocks mate ford will do it without touching those parts
johnS
It's there now, though, hopefully they will ring back today. If not i'll ring them up to see if I can collect it
johnS
got it back, cost 190.


Could this coolant leak have caused any damage? The coolant was below the minimum marker on the tank. But I do check the temperature guage on the dash and it was always in the middle.
jeebowhite
So they replaced the housing, and presumably topped up the coolant?

Unfortunately the tempp gauge wont always indicate a leak in the thermostat housing, as long as the engine is kept to a reasonable temperature then it will still appear ok, but the leak is still present.
johnS
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1312272295' post='138326']
So they replaced the housing, and presumably topped up the coolant?

Unfortunately the tempp gauge wont always indicate a leak in the thermostat housing, as long as the engine is kept to a reasonable temperature then it will still appear ok, but the leak is still present.
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On the invoice it lists antifreeze, thermostat housing, connection, and seal
jeebowhite
So they did do the full lot for 190, thats good, its not too bad a price I suppose, but then again its still a dent in the wallet. Hopefully you can have more than 31 days peace with it now? :)
johnS
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1312291248' post='138366']
So they did do the full lot for 190, thats good, its not too bad a price I suppose, but then again its still a dent in the wallet. Hopefully you can have more than 31 days peace with it now? :)
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I will force it at least 20,00miles, even if it doesnt like it!
jeebowhite
You have AA or similar dont you? lol ;) hopefully your car is nothing like mine, however if it is and you try to make it do what it dont want to do... you may find your membership an excellent addition to your wallet!
johnS
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1312302726' post='138395']
You have AA or similar dont you? lol ;) hopefully your car is nothing like mine, however if it is and you try to make it do what it dont want to do... you may find your membership an excellent addition to your wallet!
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yeah, came with insurance
jeebowhite
;) I really do hope it goes well for you mate, I am not too fond of garage trips on a regular occurance! so hopefully things will settle for you :) and hopefully you wont need the AA :)
johnS
[quote name='jeebowhite' timestamp='1312318657' post='138437']
;) I really do hope it goes well for you mate, I am not too fond of garage trips on a regular occurance! so hopefully things will settle for you :) and hopefully you wont need the AA :)
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thank you mate


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