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#1 nickjaxe

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:41 PM

Hi guys...my Daughters 04 1.3 Ka with the Duratec engine has developed a coolant leak from the area around the plastic thermostat housing,

 

I dont want to disturb it unnessersarliy....its hard to see exactly where its leaking but I see from the manual it has an O ring....

 

I wonder if its a simple as just replacing the O ring or do the housing have any faults...

 

I have seen them on ebay from around £20 to £40...are the pattern ones ok if I need one.

 

Nick in Cheshire.



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#2 stef123

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:22 PM

Hi Nick and welcome to the forums,

Plastic thermostat housing are prone to leak as they can warp. It could be the seal but personally I'd rather just replace the lot

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:26 AM

as already said best to replace the whole unit.dont over tighten it when fitting as can easily crack it.  check the link as this is what you need  . 

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4d0971c934



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:02 AM

Thanks for your advise guys...took the housing off and soon found that the grove that the seal sits in has broken up in parts letting the seal fall inside,

 

Seems the plastic Ford use in the cooling sys is very poor...has a simular prob with the electric heater valve some months ago...just disintergrated,

 

Ordered a new housing from the ebay link...just hope that aftermarket parts are better than the Ford item.

 

Nick.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:48 PM

its not so much the plastic its the heat that causes the problem

same on most cars. it gets brittle with age and heat. if it was made of steel or alloy it would be worse as

the water with the antifreez in it would cause more problems  ie a lot of corrosion.

atleast it's a easy fix m8




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