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Old 11-10-2003, 23:46   #1 (permalink)
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ive got a problem with my ea falcon MPFI.
ive checked the leads the, the plugs my radiator hoses etc but i still get over heating problems and irregular idling and the head gasket keeps blowing. could it be the water pump? if not any ideas? cheers
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Re: ea manual - head gasket

the thermostat would be the first place i would look.

what do you mean the head gasket keeps blowing? how many times and how often?

did you ever get the head shaved a bit to make it nice and flat? and its also a good idea to use new head bolts, and make sure the threads in the block are nice and clean, and the head bolts have a thin coating of oil on them.
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A radiator flush could do the trick too. If there overheating they will keep blowing head gaskets.
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Re: ea manual - head gasket

If the gasket keeps blowing, and the cooling system's fine, then you have other problems.
You *are* replacing the head bolts, aren't you?
Next time you've got the head off, run a straight edge over the head and block, I'm willing to bet you'll find one or both of these is warped. This seems to be fairly common on particularly the earlier 3.9 motors. The other thing is casting sand left in the block; this will fill up the radiator cores over time causing it to overheat.

Seems to me that Ford were in such a rush to beat the Commo out, they screwed up a fair number of things with the early EAs
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