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Old 01-16-2005, 18:33   #1 (permalink)
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4.0 water problem

Hi all. I've seen a 95 EF wagon for sale at a dealer and I really want to buy it but it has a problem that seems like a head gasket.
I checked the oil on the dipstick after running the engine to see if it had any water in it which it didn't. So I took it for a drive and all was well until it blew a hose on the side of the motor. All the water started gushing out along with all this brown stuff which must have been oil.
So my question is, if there's oil in the water and no water in the oil does this sound like just a gasket or could it be something more serious like a cracked block?

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Old 01-16-2005, 19:03   #2 (permalink)
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I reckon the brown stuff would be rust, so it probabley hasnt been looked after very well. When coolant and oil mix it makes what looks like mayonnaise.
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Old 01-16-2005, 19:07   #3 (permalink)
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Yep, it's that mayonnaise, that's what I saw. Light brown colour.
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Old 01-16-2005, 21:36   #4 (permalink)
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mayonaise in water ... anyway, did u see that very colour in the top tank as well?

personally i would stay well clear, unless you wanna do an engine converion anyway :D
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Stay away from it - well away. unless you want to do a head gasket or head or worst case scenario, a motor. A dealer will do the minimum to get it to run & look like it's been fixed.
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OK, thanks guys. I thought getting an EF that's just had the head gasket done would be cool because we all know how often they go. But if the dealer can just pretend to fix it then best to stay away I guess.

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I got no idea what there on about with head gaskets, I have 97 el w/ 230,000km, i had family members with same car years back and they never had the problem and neither have I. Maybe it just comes down to poor maintence, not watching how much water u got & cheap using coolent that does more damage than good.
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HAs to do mainly with how the car is maintained and used. Because of the cheaper alloy used by ford, and its different thermal properties than cast iron, they ex[pand at different rates, which lead to the problems. with proper maintance, problem may never occur.
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Old 01-25-2005, 06:01   #9 (permalink)
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Think of it this way.. at least a head gasket is cheaper to fix than piston slap suffered by the early gen3s!
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