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#1 johnS

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:05 PM

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

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Any ideas?

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

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:23 PM

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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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:34 PM

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



yeah, just went out and got one, here it is:
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:40 PM

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
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:44 PM

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
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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?

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:46 PM

any ideas as to the fix? Will it be a lot, can I find the leak and possibly do it my self?


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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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:47 PM

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



it's quite dark now, i'll have to try it in the morning and post here tommorow

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:52 PM

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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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:56 PM

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


will look back in 10 minutes, its food time anyway :lol:

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:58 PM

(See to the left of the image, left of the dipstick)

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:17 PM

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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Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:28 PM

are you referring to the black inlet manifold? i can see a clean area. i wouldnt say its related to your slight coolant leak.



ok, thanks, it's for certain a coolant leak? Is this a common problem at 44,000mls?

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:36 PM

ok, thanks, it's for certain a coolant leak? Is this a common problem at 44,000mls?


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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Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:42 PM

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?



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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Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:50 PM

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.


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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