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Ford 4-Cylinder EcoBoost Engines are Failing Says Ford Mechanic

Here’s a recent update from a Ford mechanic on just why Ford’s 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines are failing car owners and shows what you need to look for when buying a used 4-cylinder Ford.


EcoBoost Disappearing Coolant Problem
Are you considering buying a used Ford Escape or other model with the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine? You just might want to be sure the model you are looking at is not one known to develop a blown head gasket problem; but rather, the model that has had the engine design changed to fix what has been a recurring problem.

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To help you understand the problem, a video released today from the FordTechMakuloco YouTube channel takes you through a discussion and demonstration of a 2.0 Liter EcoBoost engine with a blown head gasket problem between cylinders 2 and 3 on a 2017 Ford Escape with 110,000 miles on the odometer.

In the video, you will learn what exactly is the design failure of some 4-cylider EcoBoost engines, what years’ models are affected, and when and how Ford got around to designing a new improved block.

According to the host, these engines have been known to blow at around 30,000 miles and still be under warranty; however, many make it past the warranty period only to become an expensive problem for the owner.

That said, here is the video posted below that is well worth the 9 minutes spent watching and learning from it.

This is Why the Ford 1.5L 1.6L and 2.0L EcoBoost Engines are Gulping Coolant!

And finally…

For additional related articles about blown head gasket problems, here are a few for your enjoyment and education:

Avoid Getting Scammed with This Blown Head Gasket Tutorial for Non-Mechanics

Blown Head Gasket Scam Tutorial for Non-Mechanics Part 2

Head Gasket Sealer Test Results After a Two-Year Test

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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Loyd Adams (not verified)    November 8, 2022 - 8:55AM

I have a 2016 Ford Escape with a 2liter eco oat engine with 35139 on the odometer.. so far I have not had a problem with it. What should I do to prevent a problem?

Tom (not verified)    November 24, 2022 - 7:05PM

In reply to by Loyd Adams (not verified)

It is a design problem. The best way to prevent failure is to sell it or not drive it. I'm on my 3rd engine and 2nd transmission in 115k miles. I cant sell it because it isnt worth what I put into it

Davido50 (not verified)    March 6, 2023 - 12:55AM

In reply to by Tom (not verified)

Sounds like your trolling. Highly doubt what your saying & it's exactly why social media is getting so bad. Have had 2 - 2.0L TGDI Ecoboost engines so far..1 was in '15 MKZ AWD (Gen1- 2.0L) & now '22 Edge AWD (Gen2 -2.0L). Smooth, quiet, powerful & efficient. Zero issues an dont expect any!

Davido49 (not verified)    March 6, 2023 - 12:48AM

In reply to by Loyd Adams (not verified)

I wouldn't worry bout it at all & just keep up good basic maintenance using quality full synthetic engine oil changed @5k mis max. Ford's 2.0L TGDI has proven to be very robust w/above average reliability. There's millions on the rds. Issues were predominantly w/1.6L gen1 engines. Ford's gen2 2.0L are better still & used in all '17 model yr vehicles & newer. Had this engine in 2 vehicles & it was excellent! Both were AWD as well.