• Announcements

    • Stoney871

      Posting in General Chat thread.   11/11/2017

      it has been noted that too many Members are posting messages in the General Chat area instead of the correct Forums. Any messages posted in the General Chat area that are not General Chat will be deleted without warning and offenders may recieve warning points if repeated instances are seen from that Member. There are plenty of different Club areas that encompass 99% of Ford related posts, please select and use the correct one. If anyone is not sure of which area to post something then feel free to P/M myself or other Senior Staff for guidance. The Moderating Staff are having to spend far too much time chasing this problem instead of maintaining the other areas of the forum.


Budding Enthusiast
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About blue51

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Ford Model
  1. 2001 Focus 1.6 Zetec - Slow Coolant Loss

    It was the thermostat housing. Replaced the thermostat, housing, and both seals.
  2. 2001 Focus 1.6 Zetec - Slow Coolant Loss

    A friend recommended a good local garage and I took it in this morning for a pressure test. Found a leak – Its a plastic housing where two hoses meet the front of the block, which will need replacing
  3. 2001 Focus 1.6 Zetec - Slow Coolant Loss

    Thanks guys. Any idea how much Ford would charge to pressure test the system? Do I need to go to Ford for this?
  4. Since last summer, car's needed the occasional top up - maybe an inch in the expansion tank every three/four weeks. Rather stupidly I was topping it up with just water. The car has always driven perfectly and never had any problems, driving an hour each way to work and back etc. Two weeks ago on an extremely icy morning, half way to work after half an hour of driving the temp needle went right up into the red all of a sudden (it always normally moves up to the centre and stays there), so I stopped immediately and switched it off. I waited 10 mins and carefully took the expansion cap off and it all came spewing out. Filled up with water (about 1L had come out) and drove home same distance, no problems at all. Had a look last weekend and could see nothing wrong. Engine warmed up ok, thermostat opened etc. Couldn't get it hot enough for fans to come on - though they do come on with AC on. Can only guess it was a one-off stuck thermostat. Drained some of the coolant and replaced with new at 50/50. Car runs fine again, temp gauge always dead centre etc, and didn't seem to be any coolant loss for over a week (still driving 350 miles+ a week), though usually notice a bubbling sound after switching off warm engine. Yesterday however, coolant level had dropped again, and needed about another 750ml to top up. And again today it needed another 1/4L to top up! No obvious sign of leak (though ground is wet anyway) and no water/scale marks visible on engine. Mentioned slight water loss to ford at last service (Nov) and they couldn't see anything. Could it be that there was still a lot of air in the system which has slowly found its way to the expansion tank? (therefore looking like water loss) if there's still more air in there, how do I get it out? ...or am I barking up the wrong tree?