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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-25-03, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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My new BA XT 5.4lit has a cracked block at 3500km and leaks out coolant over night, about 1/3 of the overflow tank.
The crack is on the right hand side of the motor.
Ford want to try and drill out the crack and plug it or weld it, i then said bull shit i want a new motor.
I didn't pay $5000 for a cracked V8 block, the dealer will let me no which way Ford Australia will go with this on Tuesday.
For Shit Sake i have spent $130,000 on ford cars in 10 years doesn't that count for anything.
I'll let you all know what happens on Tuesday.
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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-25-03, 11:28 PM
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you must be upset.. your spelling is all over the place!!

I wouldn't take a repair on a cracked block either... I think a new block is in order and wouldn;t accept anything less.
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Shit how did this happen, more details if possible????
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post #4 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-25-03, 11:33 PM
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where exactly is it good to know so others can watch out for it.
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post #5 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-25-03, 11:50 PM
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Cracked or deffective block from the start ??? It's not a leaking wealsh plug not fitted properly??
You'll get a new engine I'd say if block is r.s !!

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Oh oh, it's seems like the shit really hit the fan this time !
This is not good and definately NOT what Ford needs ATM.
Let's all hope and pray that it's just a one off experience.

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post #7 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-26-03, 12:06 AM
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Thats no good at all. I noticed the Sunday Herald in sydney has two 5.4 Fairmonts in the classifieds for sale. One is a Ghia and the other a standard Fairmont. One has only 3000km on it. I hope it is something Ford sort out quickly for their customers sake as well as their own.
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post #8 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-26-03, 12:17 AM
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Cracked block sounds pretty serious. If there was ever a case for a new engine that would have to be it. Only thing that would be more terminal is if there was a hole in the engine from something like a rod..

If they drill it out then demand a long warrenty on such work. Like 5 years.
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post #9 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-26-03, 01:01 AM
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Cast iron blocks don't crack on it's own so easily, interesting to see what the cause is.
I always thought once a block is cracked it's useless, repair jobs are a temporary thing if one wants to flog the car off.
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post #10 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-26-03, 01:33 AM
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Davo are you still in Perth, what are the plans with the car leave it with ford @ perth and hire car back ?

good luck I hope it is sorted with minimal distress
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