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Ford rolls out replacement gaskets for Australian Focus RS owners

By Barry Park, 24 Jan 2018 News

Ford rolls out replacement gaskets for Australian Focus RS owners

Ford suspects it may have put four-pot Mustang head gaskets on Focus RS performance cars. Aussie customers waiting for a fix need wait no longer

FORD Focus RS owners angry that they're blowing head gaskets will have it -- and potentially even the head -- replaced for free, Ford Australia says.

The car maker said it would start "reaching out to Focus RS customers shortly regarding the fix for this issue".

"In the meantime, customers experiencing white exhaust smoke and/or coolant consumption in 2016-17 Focus RS vehicles should visit their dealer for a free inspection and repair, if necessary, regardless of warranty or distance travelled," it said.

"Ford dealers will test the cooling system, replace the cylinder head gasket and may replace the cylinder head, as required."

The Australian fix follows a service notice sent to US dealerships this week spelling out that Ford has acknowledged a problem with the highly strung hatchback after some of its cars were fitted with what are believed to be either heads or head gaskets meant to be used for the 2.3-litre version of the Ford Mustang, and not the more durable version intended for the RS-badged Focus.

It is believed only one Focus RS in Australia had suffered from a blown head gasket, potentially related to the mix-up.

The service notice sent to US dealers says the cylinder head gasket "may develop a coolant leak into the engine combustion chamber".

"A leaking cylinder head gasket may result in noticeable white smoke and/or low coolant without external leaks.

"In the interest of customer satisfaction, Ford Motor Company has authorised your dealer to pressure test the cooling system and replace the cylinder head gasket. Based on test results, some vehicles may require a new cylinder head assembly.

"Repairs will be completed free of charge (parts and labour) under the terms of this program."

 According to the service notice, the repairs could take a minimum of two days to complete.

US customers also get free use of a rental car, excluding fuel and other charges, while the repair is being made.

It is unclear if the same offer is being made to Australian customers.