Re: '97 Taurus 3.0 overheating bug

MichaelJ wrote:


If there was no water in the oil, i would pull BOTH heads and evaluate the situation before proceeding. Finding a used 3.0 for a reasonable amount should not be too hard..
Bob
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True, but finding a used 3.0 with low miles like this one isn't likely. I can pull the heads, have a head job done and put 'em back, and you're right, I would be a fool not to do both, bu I'm not sure I want to attempt pulling the engine . I'm hoping the short block is ok.
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MichaelJ wrote:

If there is oil in the bottom end, you smart choices are limited. Assuming there is not, having both heads gone through at a machine shop is your best bet.
If not, your looking a a complete rebuild for probably around $1200+ or so, a factory crate engine for probably more, or a used 3.0. A well taken care of 3.0 vulcan will easily go 200K. Your just more limited to a newer 3.0. What ever year they started using more crank or cam sensors (96/97?).
I assume were talking about a 3.0 vulcan. All bets are off if its a duratec.
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Thank you Bob!
There is no evidence of coolant in the oil and it doesn't smoke. It was a basic G model so I ASSUME it's a Vulcan but am not smart enough to know the difference between vulcan & duratec, it is a "U" code in the VIN.
Mike

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MichaelJ wrote:

Yes, that's a Vulcan. You can also tell a Vulcan by the valve covers; they have "3.0L V6" embossed on them, in an angular font.
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