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1.5L cooling loss?

Looks like Ford didn't learn its lesson on the open deck block design?
Ford 1.5L EcoBoost GTDI I-4 Engine specs, problems, reliability, oil, Fusion, Focus, Escape
"Like the 1.6 EcoBoost, the 1.5l engine has an aluminum cylinder block with cast iron sleeves. It also has an open deck design for an efficient cooling. "

and later in that article, the reviewer says, " The engine doesn’t have any problem with the cooling system and it is not prone to overheating like the 1.6 EcoBoost. The turbocharger and catalytic converter will last longer due to a cooler exhaust compared to the 1.6 version. "
 

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When shopping for my Escape, I excluded the 1.5 Ecoboost engine as an option. The coolant loss and engine design of the 1.6 Ecoboost was a major factor along with the 1.6T and the 1.5T having timing belts. Now that Ford has limited the engine choices across the Escape line, it makes it harder for me to buy another Escape.
 

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Just bought a 2019 at dealer with 3500 miles on it....two months ago. Just found out the engine needs to be replaced due to coolant leak into block. Seriously??!! Is this a problem Ford knew about as per bulletin? Recourse?
 

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It is my opinion that everybody on this forum that has had a coolant leak issue (especially if your engine was replaced) post thier diagnosis and outcome on this forum thread. Its obvious that Ford is not recognizing the fact that there is an issue, albiet a small pertentage, with thier engines. If we take the issue to this forum maybe we will get a redress of grievances. Ford management may view this forum with a higher degree of scrutiny which might help the cause.

 

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Took my 2019 espace 1.5 10,000 miles in for routine maintenance 11/23/2019, I told service advisor had to top off coolant 2 weeks ago and check coolant system for a leak also ..... that's when they come back with you need a new motor ,and this is a know issue .. leaking coolant internally in the motor. Told me Ford has made changes to the short block assembly... we will soon see!!
 

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Took my 2019 espace 1.5 10,000 miles in for routine maintenance 11/23/2019, I told service advisor had to top off coolant 2 weeks ago and check coolant system for a leak also ..... that's when they come back with you need a new motor ,and this is a know issue .. leaking coolant internally in the motor. Told me Ford has made changes to the short block assembly... we will soon see!!
Please keep us updated. Also, it would be helpful if you could get additional information on "Ford has made a few changes to the short block assembly". What does this mean in more detail? Some of us that have been following this issue for some time would like to get any additional informaiton as to what Ford thinks is the root cause of this on this pqarticular engine. Thus far, ford had played things pretty close to the vest but it does sound like they are honoring their warranty.
 

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Please keep us updated. Also, it would be helpful if you could get additional information on "Ford has made a few changes to the short block assembly". What does this mean in more detail? Some of us that have been following this issue for some time would like to get any additional informaiton as to what Ford thinks is the root cause of this on this pqarticular engine. Thus far, ford had played things pretty close to the vest but it does sound like they are honoring their warranty.
This may help also I first could smell antifreeze occasionally real briefly when I exited my car after driving. I started watching coolant level closely when it reach minimum line I added more.
Yes my dealer had no problem warranted the motor through Ford ( local Ford dealer) where I bought it new. Told them at this rate they will replace it at least 5 times I purchased an extended warranty bumper to bumper one of the best thing I could have done lol.
 

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2017 Ford Escape 1.5L with 42k miles. Started having misfiring about 8 months ago. Went to my local Ford dealership with this complaint and they put in a service ticket all to tell me the CPM needed to be reprogrammed. Fast forward 2 months, check engine light comes on, and high temp light. I pull over, get ready to turn the car off and both lights go off. Get out and check the coolant level and everything is fine. The next day my coolant was bone dry. Take it back to my local Ford dealership for its routine oil change and they tell me that there are no leaks and nothing was wrong with it after hooking it up to the computer. Not even 4 hours after I leave the dealership, my check engine light comes back on. At this point, I’m fed up with the local dealership so we call the dealership in the next town to make an appointment. Long story short, coolant was leaking in cylinder #2 and the small block needs replaced. Go to pick it up yesterday and as I put the car in drive it starts to go backwards. Weird, maybe I forgot how to drive this thing after 2 months in the shop. Switch it back into P, then down to R, then into D and it pops into gear. (I should of just stopped there) As I’m driving off the lot into traffic, I’m running about 5500RPMs at 35mph. Once the car shifts gears, the whole car starts to jerk with a hard knock and cannot exceed 40mph. I flip around and go back. I guess we will see what the new issue is.
 

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I don't own a Ford Escape. I've been doing research because I want to buy a used one. I want to suggest perhaps you would get more attention if you registered your complaints on the NTSB website. All you have to do is write out your experience just as you have here, and NTSB will investigate. They can get Ford to address it. It sounds to me like this definitely deserves a recall. Good luck.
 

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We just bought our 2019 Escape SE with the 1.5l several months ago. I noticed it was a little low on coolant when I bought it and added some distilled water to bring it up into the normal range. After beating the snot out of it for 5k miles it's still right there to where I topped it off. So I have no idea why it's putting up with my abuse. Perhaps this is a "if it's good it's good" type thing. If it's not, it's not!!
 

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Just took my 2018 Ford Fusion SE into the dealer today (31,000 miles) and by the end of the day they already knew what the problem was. It has been losing coolant internally and burning it. They've been seeing this, the coolant leaking, all the time recently with the 2018 and 2019 Ford Fusions and Ford Escapes (1.5L). They are covering the service, replacement parts, rental car, and even placing a 2 year warranty on parts and service...essentially I need a new short block. Seems to be something they are familiar with and are fixing quickly.
 

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Just double checked...they're actually replacing the entire assembly: long block, short block, crankshaft, plugs, etc. Warrantied for two years for parts and labor.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
even placing a 2 year warranty on parts and service
Does that mean you'll effectively be getting "short changed" on your drive train warranty- isn't it 5 yrs in the US?
 

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Welcome to the forum.


Does that mean you'll effectively be getting "short changed" on your drive train warranty- isn't it 5 yrs in the US?
Good question!
 

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It's been reported to the NHSTA already. I'll let you know when I learn more about the warranty issues. I'll be discussing that with them when they finish the service.
 
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