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Just hit about 30,000 miles on my motor. Replaced the thermostat because the housing was leaking. now it seems I cant fill it up with coolant. It just keeps burping air and emptying the radiator. I cant even get heat through the heater because theres little fluid in the heater core.
other symptoms include running very hot, dripping watter from the tailpipe (about one drop per second), overflow tank filling by itself. coolant level jumps almost rhythmically with the radiator cap off, there is no external leaking or signs of coolant in the oil.
Anyone know how much it should cost to have a shop replace them?
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just hit 30,000 or 300,000? Do you have compression in all cylinders? if not then its most likely a head gasket. But those symptons kinda steer me away from a gasket and more to a radiator issue. Possibly a hose leak or something. Not really my cup of tea with radiators and such. I can rebuild a engine and the internals, but i can't do crap with the exterior of an engine. My strong point lies within the pony
30,000 miles. Original owner over reved and bent a connecting rod.
radiator was replaced last year. thermostat is opening and closing properly so theres no problem their. their is no leaking on the outside of the motor. I checked the weep hole on the watter pump and its dry. engine doesn't seem to lose too much compression because it runs fine, but a compression test is being done right now.
Being that you have a 95, which had faulty head gaskets from the factory that Ford later recalled and fixed mid way through the 96 production year, a head gasket failure doesn't surprise me.
The repair of the head gaskets will vary quite a bit as it depends if the failure has caused your stock heads to warp. Unlike aluminum heads which are easy to remill, when iron heads warp they're harder to remill and in general you have to buy new heads.
This happened in my old 2000 V6 years ago and the repair was $2200 from Ford. The car was still under warranty so it was all covered, but in short you could expect between $1000-2000 for the repair depending on if the heads themselves failed.
Verdict is in... Driver side head gasket is blown. Not sure if the head is warped so I'm going to have them worked on too. The shop doing the work is a small family owned business so they are charging very cheap. They quoted me at $1,000 - $1,200 max.
I would do it myself but I have never torn into an engine before. I can fix anything else but not the internals. on top of that I just had a term paper droped on my lap.
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