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This is a discussion on Post head gasket install review and other issues thread within the Focus RS Discussions forums, part of the Focus RS Forums category; Originally Posted by Biznatch Uh the coolant system is sealed.... Take it to a real mechanic that knows what he's talking about and isn't full ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biznatch View Post
    Uh the coolant system is sealed.... Take it to a real mechanic that knows what he's talking about and isn't full of ****...... Or you could put the ball back in their court and ask them to show you where the unsealed overflow tank is, and where in the manual it says to expect coolant loss......
    Cool, thanks. That was my thought, by just wanted to get some more insight. I'll take it to another dealer nearby and see what's up.

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    I'm leaking oil ever since. Ford AU has had, say, 8 attempts solving, mostly focusing on tightening, replacing the turbo oil line Bango copper washer, bolt, have redone the HG completely, but the leak remains.

    Discussing path forward. FA have been very professional and supportive to their credit. Unfortunately, not much, if any faith remains in the techs.
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    A couple of months and about 4K miles have passed since McCoy Mills Ford in Fullerton did my HG only.

    After getting the car back I "noticed" that the cold start idle is a bit rougher than before but after warming up seemed smooth. No leaks and not other issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethosguy View Post
    I'm leaking oil ever since. Ford AU has had, say, 8 attempts solving, mostly focusing on tightening, replacing the turbo oil line Bango copper washer, bolt, have redone the HG completely, but the leak remains.

    Discussing path forward. FA have been very professional and supportive to their credit. Unfortunately, not much, if any faith remains in the techs.
    Have they seen the latest update to the shop manual about using sealant on 2 areas of the head gasket during installation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky phil View Post
    Have they seen the latest update to the shop manual about using sealant on 2 areas of the head gasket during installation?

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    ...would it make a difference if they had? Sigh.

    The plonkers can't manage to install press clips correctly, or the under-valence screws from my car (swapped Torx for hex), into the right holes...machine screws into plastic blocks, Plastites into machine threads. They couldn't diagnose the leak source. They were instructed to take their time and get the job done 'right' - don't rush to get it back to me.

    I'd hate to know all the hidden new-starter errors that I can't see.

    EIGHT attempts to correct! EIGHT!!!

    It's no wonder they can't keep engine oil on the inside of the engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethosguy View Post
    ...would it make a difference if they had? Sigh.

    The plonkers can't manage to install press clips correctly, or the under-valence screws from my car (swapped Torx for hex), into the right holes...machine screws into plastic blocks, Plastites into machine threads. They couldn't diagnose the leak source. They were instructed to take their time and get the job done 'right' - don't rush to get it back to me.

    I'd hate to know all the hidden new-starter errors that I can't see.

    EIGHT attempts to correct! EIGHT!!!

    It's no wonder they can't keep engine oil on the inside of the engine.

    I want Saarlious production workers doing my car...please
    I'm hearing you. Look back at my comments at the start of this debacle about forming a specialist team from the factory that travels the world doing this task with all the tooling parts and specialised skills required. Its been done before but Ford are too cheap to do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyc View Post
    Cool, thanks. That was my thought, by just wanted to get some more insight. I'll take it to another dealer nearby and see what's up.
    My dealer that did the FSA just told me that I've only lost a cup of coolant, so there's nothing to worry about. But I shouldn't be losing any at all, right? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills right now, as nobody has actually taken my concerns seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmohab2 View Post
    My dealer that did the FSA just told me that I've only lost a cup of coolant, so there's nothing to worry about. But I shouldn't be losing any at all, right? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills right now, as nobody has actually taken my concerns seriously.
    In how much time? The coolant level can drop some after the work if it wasn't bled completely, but should stable out. I topped mine off a couple weeks ago and took a pic (~6 months after work, level was at min). If it continues to drop after the first fill, then something is wrong.
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    3 attempts to fix post head gasket. If Ford can't fix it, then they should initiate buy back lemon law worldwide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biznatch View Post
    In how much time? The coolant level can drop some after the work if it wasn't bled completely, but should stable out. I topped mine off a couple weeks ago and took a pic (~6 months after work, level was at min). If it continues to drop after the first fill, then something is wrong.
    I had the FSA done last April. I noticed I was at the min level in February, and I was below it when I dropped the car off yesterday.

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