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fuseman

Focus Mk3 2011 - heater pipe leak

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I have a 2011 1.6 Focus. There is a leak from the joint in one of the heater pipes as it goes along the left side of the driver's footwell into the engine compartment. It turns out the O ring at this joint is prone to failure and Ford can no longer replace it. Instead it appears they have changed the heater matrix so that a whole new matrix is required with pipes that don't have the joint. I imagine this is because of repeated failures of the O ring.

Has anyone else had this problem? If so how did Ford deal with it? Is there an alternative source of the O rings.

Many thanks

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Yep! I have this problem as of Sunday took it to a garage and was told the same, they are trying to replace the pipe with a flexi pipe, but Ford have quoted £1000 for the new heater matrix install.... 2011 ford focus as well 

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Here's a pic of the fix - hope it helps someone else

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Hi, did the fix work?  Mine also needs doing, and I can feel the water coming out through the plastic join in the lower pipe.

Car is a 2013 so of course no warranty.

Thanks!

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How did you get the rubber pipes over the alluminium ones? 

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On 3/28/2017 at 9:21 PM, fuseman said:

Here's a pic of the fix - hope it helps someone else

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Hi

 

I realise this is an old post but any idea what diameter hosing you used?

 

After buying 6 genuine Ford o rings and 4 Ford genuine plastic clips i am now going to perform this fix but could do with understanding what size hose was used. Not sure whether to go with a 32mm diameter as i believe the 2 ends of each pipe are raised

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ok its 24th oct 2017 and i have just had this happen to my focus ecoboost took it to lookers ford sheffield and they fixed it for 140 quid two new clamps and o rings after first garage i went to told me i needed a new matrix installed for 900

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Has the above ‘ mod ‘ held up and kept the leak at bay fuseman?

Have got the same issue with our 2011 1.6 Ecoboost and thinking this is going to be better than faffing about with new clips and O rings etc especially as I doubt there is enough room to pull the pipes apart to fit the new rings only to find that it may not be a long term solution.

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Ok so an update 😀

Managed to source new clips and O rings from Ford today and went down the route of just replacing on a like for like basis. 

Found the relevant hoses under the bonnet and put some pipe cramps on to minimise loss of coolant then just undid the old clips,pulled the alloy pipes apart and removed old O rings. There was a slight tear in one of the O rings which I guess over time caused the leak.

Then it was a case of carefully installing the new O rings to the heater matrix side of the alloy pipes,wiping a small amount of lubricant ( I used car shampoo ) to the male end of the matrix pipes and pushing back togetherans installing the new clips. Remove pipe clamps from engine Bay Area,check levels and start engine to check that the leak has gone!  Ta da,all good,so let’s see how long it lasts!

The part numbers are as follows:

Clips 1454337

O rings 1342708

Parts cost circa £14

 

 

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