Yesterday 10/29 morning I went down to my 2002 SVT Focus that was parked indoors. Got in and turned the key, the engine started to turn but I heard a very soft thud and then the engine wouldn't completely turn over. I tried again and could hear it trying but still not turning all the way over. I got out and opened the hood and I heard a very quiet bubbling sounds, as if an oil was draining from somewhere in the car. Went and got my GF to come down and try to start it while i stare blankly and confused at the engine. While she was attempting to start it while I watched I saw motion from the belts . Then i noticed the large mount of oil/coolant or something flowing from beneath the car to the nearby drain.
UPDATE::UPDATE:: 10/30 I tried a start test again. Still nothing. This time I watched closer and not in a morning stupor and noticed that there is motion in the engine when I try to start (belts moving etc.) Good sign.
The fluid is most certainly Coolant. (Ford Yellow) I checked the levels when I got home last night and it was completely empty. I then poured about a half gallon of water into the coolant tank to see if I could watch it flow out. The tank seemed to hold the water pretty well. While I waited I removed the spark plugs. All four were dry and showed no signs of any fluid contact.
Then I got back "under" the car as best I could and saw that a few new drops were on the floor. The consistency of these new puddles were mostly water. After shining a light around underneath for a while it looks like the leak (wherever it is coming from) is running down the Bell housing and dripping onto the floor from there.
I did some reading and saw that sometimes where the coolant flows into where the Oil filter is screwed on, those tubes can rust through. (i have no clue what that is called) I wasn't able to locate the filter and assembly because I don't have a lift and it is buried in the engine (thanks obama).
UPDATE UPDATE:: 10/31 - So last night I went home, defeated by a lack of engine knowledge and work space I put back the little of the engine i had taken apart to investigate this issue and called a tow truck (roadside assistance rocks). Everything went smoothly as they pulled it out of the tight parking garage and started to load it onto the flatbed. Then as the car was about half way up (turned off and not in gear) there was a very bright flash of light and a very loud bang from under the hood. I saw the tow truck guys go ghost white and start mentally preparing for a law suit. We threw the hood open and grabbed a fire extinguisher just in case something was burning but there was nothing. We looked around an saw no noticeable damage so we moved under the car to see if something was laying on the bed. Nothing. Then I went back up under the hood and found that the Upper intake manifold had blown off of the engine. This piece was what an SVT focus expert told me was likely the issue. He had instructed me to jostle this piece around to see if there was movement, which i had done an hour prior and saw nothing. My assumption is that between me shaking it and then moving the car outside into the cold it finally let loose and all the gas and pressure that was built up from attempted starts gave it something to explode. (im glad it didnt do this when I was checking it or I would have had to wash my pants and underwear after) So it seems more clear now why it wouldn't start... I still don't understand how the coolant drained out though? Any of you have any thoughts on why that might be caused by this? Could it just be multiple individual failures all at once?