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Cyl4 valve seat tally

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by frsh2fourty, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. frsh2fourty

    frsh2fourty Guest

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    New here, I have a 97 Mercury Tracer as my daily driver, while I build my Nissan240sx. At 88k miles I had the valve seat problem, broke a piston in half, and cracked another...harsh. Lurking through the first few pages I saw this was a very common problem, so I just wanted to get a general tally on how many people had this problem, and how many miles the car had on it at the time. This is partially just because i'm curious, but also to prove to my dad that it wasn't because I drive the car too rough.
    Thanks for your input.
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    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    I had an engine drop a valve seat at 238k miles.

    Casey
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    #1 escort killer....... especially on the 97s :(
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    Jeffescortlx FEOA Member

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    I've got around 140-150,000 miles on my 2.0 SPI and so far no valve droppage, and it's been turbo'd for the last 15,000 miles.
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    F-16Wrench FEOA Member

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    Dropped at 182,000. Oh, yeah, it was #4.
    I have also seen a '98 Focus SPI head did that it. Again, #4.
    You can also tell your dad that it is not a design defect of the head, but rather a problem with the method of installing the valve seats that Ford chose to use, added to the fact that the OEM seats were of the powdered metal type. A SPI head re-built with conventional valve seats will never have one drop. :wink:
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    97 wagon. 140,000 miles. Another short block, and upgraded head.
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    escortrio FEOA Donator

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    my old 1.9 at 175k

    started at #4

    this is why im really wanting to get a new head my 2.0

    seems to be the only problem i ever see or hear about, i wonder how long it'd last if it didnt drop a seat.
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    Cyl. #4 and #3 at 165,000 chewed up the piston and the head was done for.

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