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Old 08-08-2008, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I just bought a 1999 ford taurus 6 cylinder 3.0, I am not sure how to tell if I have the duratec or vulcan engine? I found out it has no heat. When I stop and the heater is on I smell a little antifreeze no fog on windows. Black sluge in antifreeze reserve. The engine misses. I used to lose antifreeze I probably put in a gallon and a half in the first month I had the car. For the last week and a half I have not lost any noticable amount of antifreeze


When I noticed i had no heat I took it to a radiator man to have it flushed. He checked the coolent system with and sniffer and told me there is carbon monoxide in the system and that it has to have a cracked head or a blown head gasket.

The car has 150 thousand miles on it and I just bought it for 2 grand. It is very nice except for the problems.

oil and transmission fluid are good and there is no antifreeze in them. No noticable white smoke out the muffler.

can anyone help please thank you
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Vulcan Engine



Duratec Engine (it says Duratec on the intake manifold)



certainly sounds like a blown head gasket. It's not a difficult job on the Vulcan, and much more difficult on the Duratec.

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thank you for the pictures.

I have the vulcan.

What is a good price from a mechanic on this job?

Is it worth fixing, the rest of it seems to be in good condition thier is a little tiny belt noise?

I am worried because reading other parts of the internet people would get the head gasket fixed on these cars only to have them blow six months or even a month later.
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you may be thinking of the gen 1 and 2 3.8 essex engine they are notorious with head gasket failures the 3.0s are not to bad you hear about it every so often but it is not too commen
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I don't know why I am not loosing coolant this week, anyone know

I hope the previous owner didn't put stop leak or something in there.
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The first thing to do is pull the sparkplugs and do a compression check.


That will tellyou which head and which cyclinder the leak is at
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i know the heater doesn't work and I hope I don't have a leaking heater core. One guy told me the heater core on these is in a box so if it leaks it does not go on the passenger floor it goes out where the water goes when you run the ac
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the mechanic has the head off and sent it to be pressure tested

I don't know if I should have him flush the heater core or not, any thoughts?
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the mechanic has the head off and sent it to be pressure tested

I don't know if I should have him flush the heater core or not, any thoughts? [/b]
Did he do a compression test first?

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No he did not do a compression test. He said he does not have the threaded cap for his compression tester.

Now I can have him flush it with a hose for free or take it to a professional and have it all done with chemicals and everything for 120 dollars.

he found a coolant leak in the head gasket and two other valves leaking exhast.
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