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Hi I’ve been hearing a ton about the Focus RS having headgasket issues.

I just bought a new Focus ST (which also has the Ecoboost engine) and am wondering if I’m going to have the same problem.
 

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The main serious problem with the ST is a piston or two breaking the rings and then self destructing. killing the motor.
Nearly all the problems with this have been in cars with a programmed TUNE. or a aftermarket BOV (blow off valve) (not stock cars)
Though at least two folks have reported this problem with stock engines.
(which I have read here or at focusst. org)
It is not a common failure.
But is one reason to be sure to use a good top tier 93 octane gas
 

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Mmm.... I'm worried lol 55k miles


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Lmao, yeah that's straight contamination.

Obviously a proper troubleshoot needs to be done by a competent mechanic. Signs are pointing to either a blown headgasket, or block/head damage. She is toast for now.
 

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68k miles and stage 3 tuned

engine is strong, comp tested at 60k. Black Lab oil tested the last oil change.

knocking hard on wood but I hope to make it to 200k before putting in a fresh built motor and turning this into a weekend only car with around 375hp
 

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68k miles and stage 3 tuned

engine is strong, comp tested at 60k. Black Lab oil tested the last oil change.

knocking hard on wood but I hope to make it to 200k before putting in a fresh built motor and turning this into a weekend only car with around 375hp
None of the Blackstone oil analyses were bad so this is definitely an odd one

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None of the Blackstone oil analyses were bad so this is definitely an odd one

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you talking about coolant in your oil? well send in a sample to Blackstone Lab and I would assume it will not come back positive. maybe not though, not sure what you have going on there. may not have got in your oil? oil change yet?


I was just referring to my car and the health of it, I have been tuned for a long time and have 68k on the motor and car and 0 issues
 

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you talking about coolant in your oil? well send in a sample to Blackstone Lab and I would assume it will not come back positive. maybe not though, not sure what you have going on there. may not have got in your oil? oil change yet?


I was just referring to my car and the health of it, I have been tuned for a long time and have 68k on the motor and car and 0 issues
Be careful! That's what I said to my BMW M friends for making fun of the fact I have a Ford and then this happens lol. Don't jinx yourself!

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Mmm.... I'm worried lol 55k miles


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Ouch. Yeah this is painful to look at honestly. Sorry for your loss brother, I'll pour one out for you. Let us know what the verdict becomes.
 

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Ouch. Yeah this is painful to look at honestly. Sorry for your loss brother, I'll pour one out for you. Let us know what the verdict becomes.
If you want, I can pour you a freshly brewed, nice and hot sample haha.

I guess the real question is that if this isn't covered under warranty, what are next steps? I could buy a used motor for ~$1.5k. Not going to get an upgraded long block because this is my DD and I have no intentions of going the long run. Or I could part out and get into an M3, but I feel like parting out would be a PITA because the inside of my car is in such good shape.

Luckily, if Ford does deny me coverage, I have a friend who is a good wrencher and would let me help for a discounted price.

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If you want, I can pour you a freshly brewed, nice and hot sample haha.

I guess the real question is that if this isn't covered under warranty, what are next steps? I could buy a used motor for ~$1.5k. Not going to get an upgraded long block because this is my DD and I have no intentions of going the long run. Or I could part out and get into an M3, but I feel like parting out would be a PITA because the inside of my car is in such good shape.

Luckily, if Ford does deny me coverage, I have a friend who is a good wrencher and would let me help for a discounted price.

Will keep all updated!

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I certainly hope that the warranty picks it up, but if not..at least our engines aren't "that" bad cost wise...and having a discounted ability to swap it out is certainly a plus!
 
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