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Old 08-05-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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No love for older V6's?

I have a 96 V6 but the two forums I'm seeing on my iPhone app for the V6 are for newer models. Anyone have a 94-99 V6 or have had one. Mines been a headache lately with a lot of things going so I was wondering if others had these problems and if they know what will be going next?

Alternator went
Head gaskets blew
Replaced spark plugs and wires
Radiator hose sprung a leak
Transmission sometimes won't shift out of 1st when in drive (automatic)
Radiator fan/motor seized

All of this since December
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Well...if the car has had little to no maintenance then these are pretty common things to go after 15 years. If you hadn't replaced the water pump and timing chain then you might want to replace that as well.

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I owned a 98 from 99 to 01. It was a great car..had lots of fun with it.
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Forgot to mention that the car only has 98k on it.
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Well..

Some parts are milage related and some just over time need to be replaced. At 98k you definitely will need to change your water pump and timing chain. The others are pretty much expected considering the age of the car.
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Some parts are milage related and some just over time need to be replaced. At 98k you definitely will need to change your water pump and timing chain. The others are pretty much expected considering the age of the car.
+1, like the hoses are completely understandable, the motor will go out too, along with the alternator failing after all those years.
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Have either of you changed out the water pump yourselves? Doable?
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I've never done it... I'd post a thread about it in the general v6 section and I'm sure you'll get some responses.
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I've never done it... I'd post a thread about it in the general v6 section and I'm sure you'll get some responses.
I personally have not..but mine was replaced by my engine builder when I had the heads, cam and roller rockers done.
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Re: No love for older V6's?

and the 3.8's are notorious for bad head gaskets ,, you have to flush the coolant system in those engines every 25 to 30 thousand miles
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and the 3.8's are notorious for bad head gaskets ,, you have to flush the coolant system in those engines every 25 to 30 thousand miles
Yeah I read about that when I first got the car because it was going through coolant fast. I think there was already something wrong with it then. I flushed the coolant and it blew a couple months later.
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Yeah I read about that when I first got the car because it was going through coolant fast. I think there was already something wrong with it then. I flushed the coolant and it blew a couple months later.
I believe Ford corrected the issue with redesigned head gaskets...my 98 I believe had them replaced under recall....
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