I'm a new member here and have been doing a lot of research about swapping the motor out of my 2001 Taurus SES w/ 3.0 Vulcan motor. This may seem elementary to the vets on here but I wanted to post my findings for the novice's like me that may find themselves in the same situation.
The car has 310,000 miles and the dealership tells me it burned a valve. Quote is $2,200 to fix and they can about guarantee they will find more. That's more than the cars worth so that's not going to happen. What's the options:
1. part it out on craigslist myself.
2. take it to the junk yard and get about $400 and call it a day.
3. swap motors and keep driving it.
Being that the car is clean inside and out given the year and miles and that we've put most of those miles on it, and, recently we've put new front tires, rear struts, a heater core in it etc, (and I'm a stubborn SO
, I want to keep driving it! LOL 500,000 is on my mind for some reason....
What I've learned.
1. There are several different engine's: 3.0 Vulcan (gasoline only), 3.0 Vulcan (Flex Fuel), DOHC
3.0 engine. etc.
2. If your replacing the Vulcan ENGINE ONLY (keeping your computer, all sensors and fuel injectors then ANY YEAR Vulcan engine will work. 2004 and newer need the newer intake put on the older engine.
3. My brother in law, in the car / parts business, I think gave me the best advise, "KISS" (Keep it simple stupid). He directed me to www.car-part.com
. You put in the year, make and model. It then makes you look at the 8th digit in your VIN
code. For me that is a "U", that means I have a gasoline Vulcan and not the flex fuel Vulcan engine. You put the state you live in and I recommend you put in your zip code. You get a list of matching engines from different places with mileage. For me a place popped up with an engine from another 2001 Taurus SES (U code) with 95,000 miles on it with an A grade for $500.00 (30 day guarantee). My brother in law stated they do business there all the time and felt they were reputable. So I've jumped into it and bought the engine.
I'm pretty excited for the challenge of swapping the engines. I worked on cars as a young man but have gotten away from it. I'm no mechanic, but an mechanically inclined. I'll keep you posted. I welcome any constructive comments if you think I've gone wrong or words of wisdom for doing the swap. Thanks!