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.
Coolant Leak and/or Engine Overheating Due to Cracked Intake Manifold on Ford Crown Victoria
Average mileage: 137,469 (45,000–329,468)
42 people reported this problem
24 people shared problem details
1999 Ford Crown Victoria120,000Visitor
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 .
After filling radiator up with water or antifreeze it leaks out - in spray like way.
1997 Ford Crown Victoria85,000Visitor
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.
1996 Ford Crown VictoriaVisitor
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
1998 Ford Crown Victoria140,000Visitor
Just had my car towed in do to this cracking on the interstate. Not a happy camper. Hope this is not to expensive.
1998 Ford Crown Victoria195,000Visitor
I have replace the manifold 3 times first garage manifold is that one year a replacement second time 2 years going on my third manifold have a problem with it still getting a little hot I have three hundred thousand miles on it now
2006 Ford Crown Victoria218,000Visitor
I have the same problem it will over $400
2003 Ford Crown Victoria119,480Visitor
Firestone mistakes the problem for a gasket leak.It didn't get fixed right .So I'm back leaking again and its worse.
2003 Ford Crown Victoria191,000Visitor
cracked intake manifold, $500. solution
1999 Ford Crown Victoria100,000Visitor
anti freeze seepingat intake passenger side front cracked shitty plastic intake manifold
I have a 97 mercury marquis 55000 miles leaking radiator fluid threw intake manifold behind alternator pin hole need to find something that will seal hole please help
2003 Ford Crown Victoria165,000Visitor
Intake manifold cracked by thermostat housing allowing coolant to leak into #5 spark plug well. Fouls plug.
1997 Ford Crown Victoria68,000Visitor
Is being worked on.
1996 Ford Crown Victoria130,000Visitor
Manifold cracked, OEM ones are plastic. Replaced with Aluminum one for 800 dollars.
1999 Ford Crown Victoria116,000Visitor
Leak where plastic broke on manifold just below where thermastat goes.
2000 Ford Crown Victoria45,000Visitor
coolant leak caused by crack in intake manifold. $1200 to replace and install. :-(
1999 Ford Crown Victoria150,000Visitor
the coolant intake is plastic broke at thermostate housing.. installed new alluminium intake
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