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Ford Crown Victoria Intake Manifold May Crack Leaking Coolant Behind the Alternator

Ford Crown Victoria Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Average Mileage: 122,959 mi (45,000 mi - 210,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    Coolant leak by the coolant crossover

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  •  Rookie

    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.

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  •  Rookie

    Working on it
    Trying copper stop leak

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    Cracked Intake manifold. Removed and replaced

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    Just had my car towed in do to this cracking on the interstate. Not a happy camper. Hope this is not to expensive.

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  •  Rookie

    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 .

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  • Visitor, , 68,000 mi

    Is being worked on.

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Manifold cracked, OEM ones are plastic. Replaced with Aluminum one for 800 dollars.

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  • Visitor, , 116,000 mi

    Leak where plastic broke on manifold just below where thermastat goes.

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  • Visitor, , 45,000 mi

    coolant leak caused by crack in intake manifold. $1200 to replace and install. :-(

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