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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The 1997-2001 Ford Ford Crown Victoria, with a 100% plastic intake manifold, is known for engine overheating, even with normal use, and a coolant leak from the front of the manifold. This will often trigger the check engine light and low engine coolant warning light.

The engine coolant leak is from a factory defect, which causes cracking on the front coolant passage of the intake manifold. In a very short time, this leak will lead to engine overheating issues, especially while the vehicle is idling.   

Between 1999 and 2001, Ford released an updated version of this engine, known as the 'PI' version with a metal coolant passage on the front of the intake manifold, to prevent future issues.

There is no factory authorized repair for the intake manifold, and replacement is required to correct the engine coolant leak and overheating issues.

 

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Ford Crown Victoria Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 132,415 (11,200–329,468)
11 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009
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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.
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
Just had my car towed in do to this cracking on the interstate. Not a happy camper. Hope this is not to expensive.
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 .
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 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
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
when i put water in it thn it starts coming right back out under the car in the middle i dnt know what is wrong wth it i started the car one morning then it made a loud noise then it started leaking real bad so i hvnt drove it since cuz it wont hold water its a 2001 crownvic police intercepter thank you Jennifer