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Old 07-07-2015, 09:11 PM   #1
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96 3.8 headgaskey fix

has anyone ever solved the headgasket blowing problem on the early 3.8's.got lucky on this one no water in oil
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whats the permenant fix,anyone?
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If I recall correctly, the 94-95 had the biggest issues with head gaskets. Ford claimed the problem was fixed for the 96-98 model year. This was achieved by using higher torque specs on the bolts. Your 96 should be good, obviously you are having and issue. The only thing that comes to mind would be to make sure they are torqued correctly. I see a lot of v6 mustangs with junkyard motor swaps. Is it the original motor in yours, or is it possible someone had previously swapped in a 94-95 3.8? Hell after my 94 had the head gasket go, it got a 98 3.8 swapped in to prevent further head gasket issues. It never had any problems engine wise. Everything else broke, but the motor was good.



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thanks,don't know history on motor.i bought it for grandson to drive to college two years ago.when tearing down noticed aftermarket gaskets
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It would be a good idea to pull out the radiator and make sure it's flowing alright. You can do a coolant flush then too. Throw in a tstat and make sure the water pump is good. Those motors don't like to get hot. How many miles are on it?

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New rad,new stat, new w pump new cooling fan showing 200k bought for grandson two years ago to dr to college.with the known problems with the odometer who knows?
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Since you've replaced all that stuff, there isn't a whole lot more you can do to prevent future gasket issues. As long as a quality gasket was used and it was done correctly you should be ok


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