Thank you for your reply. The garage said that the thermostat was malfunctioning, which they replaced, but warned us to 'keep an eye on the engine.' It then transpired that when the car was taken back into the garage, they said the engine had overheated and damaged the cylinder head gasket. Between the thermostat, gasket and 'skimming,' the cost is likely to be in the range of £1,500. What would Ford's reaction be to the cylinder head gasket failure? Regards from Latharna.
if the thermostat failed in the closed position, then that would make the engine overheat.I meant that the thermostat went and was replaced, not the water pump.
Yes, we were told that the thermostat failed in the closed position. We bought the car new. Do you mean that the replacement of the thermostat and the subsequent diagnosis of cylinder head gasket failure precludes any appeal to Ford? Is this therefore the garage's responsibility? Thank you for your post.if the thermostat failed in the closed position, then that would make the engine overheat.
ford will not want to know anything about it since it has already had 3rd party repairs
have you just bought the car?
Thank you for this advice. The garage tells me they have found oil in the coolant. They thought they had flushed it all out when they replaced the cylinder head gasket, but wonder if some oil was left in the system. One of the alternatives, they warn, is that the cylinder head gasket could have gone again. Regards, Laharna.That'll be the radiator cooling fan probably. Have a look, but keep your fingers from it !
Dear Wiggy, Yes, they did skim it. Regards, Laharna
The garage informs me that they have fitted a new oil cooler, after the engine started overheating following their installation of a new cylinder head gasket for which I paid £1,200. The crucial question is: was this initially a misdiagnosis on their part? Should they have looked at the oil cooler for the initial problem and changed that instead of fitting the new cylinder head gasket? I shall be grateful for advice. Regards, Latharna.I'm surprised the garage didn't skim the cylinder head when they had the chance to do it.
Especially as an overheating engine can easily warp the head.