Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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Here's the difference between the timing cover on a 3.0L, and the cover on the 3.8L, and why they 3.0L is better - the 3.0L cover has a groove machined into its gasket surface, that runs around the inner curve of the water jacket, where the 3.8L cover does not. This groove provides a path for coolant to leak to the outside of the engine when the gasket fails, instead of into the oil pan, like on the 3.8L. If you have coolant dripping down from the front of the engine, there's a good chance your timing cover is leaking. I just did one last week on an '01 Taurus.
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