How do you replace the head gasket on a 2000 Ford Focus LX?
First we need to know if you have the 2.0 SPI engine, the 2.0 ZETEC-E engine, or the 2.0 ZETEC-DURATEC ST engine.
I don't know where the thermostat is physically located on a Focus specifically, but if it is underneath the water neck on top of the intake manifold it may be a poor sealant & gasket used when the water neck was mounted/installed. Perhaps you may want to refer to a Chilton's guide for the Ford Focus to replace the thermostat gasket and sealant?
My '01 Focus just blew its head gasket. The mechanic quoted me at $1200. At ford Dealer ship? Yea have fun spending that kind of money. The gasket itself you can pick up for 30$ max. Find someone who knows even a little about a car, and they will prolly do it for 50$ and a six pack of beer. My friends have replaced a head gasket on a civic and its really easy if…