I have a 92 Cougar, 3.8 tht needs a new head gasket. I'm looking for
feedback on any potential 'sticky spots' that I may encounter, any tips to
help the job go along as smoothly as possible, and any special tools that I
may need. I have replaced several components on this car in the past year
(water pump, tires, brakes, rear shocks), and feel it's wiser to repair than
to replace with some other clunker.
Thanks in advance to all who reply.
Go to a parts store that sells Fel-Pro gaskets and get the appropriate best
Take your heads to a GOOD rebuild/Machine shop and have the heads trued and
finished, must be VERY "shiny" on the face, so that they can "slide" a little
Assume you may have had coolant in the oil.
Use Mobil 1 (not just "any Synth", though Amsoil is probably better) and you
probably wont have catastrophic bearing failure resulting from the erosion
damage to the bearings.
Bearing seize is caused by coked oil breaking loose. Oil cokes by being
adjacent to ridges overheated by friction. Mobil 1 doesnt coke nearly as
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