Ford
Crown Victoria
77

Coolant Leak and/or Engine Overheating Due to Cracked Intake Manifold on Ford Crown Victoria

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 133,002 (11,200–329,468)
11 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009
77 people reported this problem
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Thermostat housing cracked, anti freeze went all over engine. Replaced intake manifold now runs really sluggish has no power and misfires.
After filling radiator up with water or antifreeze it leaks out - in spray like way.
coolant leak under thermostat housing at intake manifold
was doing fine going down the road then i pegged out overheated and then completley lost power in my car water went everywhere there is a hole right behind the altinator
It just started to leak on passenger side alot
Coolant leak by the coolant crossover
Pol Int -- cracked intake manifold due to ford's bright idea to make money off of plastic intake manifold . Replaced myself with the help of the internet and youtube . Used part $55.00 (junkyard off internet) , gasket set $21.00(kragen/O'reilly), DEALER ONLY-new heater coolant return-line (under intake-manifold metal pipe)$45.00 (also due to fail soon after this manifold issue. BETTER to replace whilst everything is already off , no?)
New Dorman replacement is $200-250 for Manifold BUT includes gaskets built in .(Dealer is 234.00)
My cost in parts $121.00 with additional installation of Under Intake-Manifold Coolant Return Line .
Working on it
Trying copper stop leak
Just had my car towed in do to this cracking on the interstate. Not a happy camper. Hope this is not to expensive.
Cracked Intake manifold. Removed and replaced
on hard acceleration, the heater hose pops off the manifold. The radiator hose, when manually sqeazed, feels like there is no water pressure running through it.
I seen car leaking when i checked to see what it was it was water and when I went to lool in reservoir there was nothing there so I put coolant in and when I drove again and popped the hood to check there was coolant leak close to my thermostat
intake manifold repaired/replace after having a major breakdown problem.
Cracked water intake manifold.
This coolant intake cracked and releasing coolant
It's like crack at the housing of the thermostat it's not fixed yet checking around to get a good price
Manifold has cracked and currently leaking coolant.
leaking just under t -stat were plastic part of manifold meets alluminum coolant crossover.
Cracked intake.
Mine has a crack right behind the alternator and sprays coolant directly into the windings of the alternator. This caused a short over time and my alternator caught on fire...luckily I spotted the problem before my car burnt down and purchased an updated version of the manifold with aluminium coolant crossover. Something ford should have thought about in 1996.