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Head Gaskets on the EA/EB

Hey all not sure if this has been mentioned before.....
my dad's mate has been a Ford mech for 16 years and is currently fixing my head gasket on my new eb (pics soon people just need to go back to the missus house and wresle my laptop back)
I asked him why the Head gaskets died on the 3.9 motors all the time. He said that when the EA 3.9 motor came out the type of coolent for the car would crystalise in the radiator and block it up this would restrict the water flow and keep the motor at a higher than normal state (normal 1/4 high anything over 1/2)
Then BANG head gasket.
He recommends getting your radiator cleaned correctly every 2-4 years.
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Hithikers Guide to the Galaxy Babel Fish I think.

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It is a highly improbable biological universal translator, a "small, yellow and leechlike" fish which, when inserted into the ear canal meant that the 'wearer' could "instantly understand anything said... in any form of language".


... so perhaps the fishy smilie's message is: "please translate."

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i'd agree with Aussiblue, good book but!!

the reason the head gaskets go on those things is due to lack of correct coolant type and percentage in the system causing corrosion to the water jackets in the head and water leaks to the outside or to the cylinders or the other main cause is crap head bolt quality which on the exhaust side they get the hottest and stretch and break. fit AU type head bolts when its replaced and keep the coolant fresh and the correct percentage to water and everything should be AOK. 33 percent coolant to water ratio is best. ford part no R133

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Way off topic I know but both a great screenplay and book. Anyone read Douglas Adam's last unfinished book he almost completed before he passed away; I haven't yet is it any good?

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I was told that the EA Head gaskets blew due to the fact that the heads had a poor quality compound of alloy and actually soften and warp after a while, which abviously destroys the seal....
Apparently the quality of alloy used for the heads increased as the years went by, that along with better cooling systems of course...

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See that's what I thought as well but Peter (my mechanic)
said there basically exactly the same metal and that the EA's that had the incorrect alloys died while under warrenty.
I think that since Ford had been making alloy heads on cast iron blocks since 1980 they'd know how to do it.

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Yes, but Honda made the alloy heads for the XD.

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That I didn't know cheers Aussi.

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We blew a head gasket on an ED station wagon 4.0 because apparently when the car reaches 100,000kms the regular Ford service will take off the side tank on the radiator, flush it all out and put a new side tank on. What happens is that the milling sands from when the block and head are made are not totally removed, so they build up in the side tank of the radiator, causing restricted water flow through out the cooling system. When we had the side tank removed it was found that nearly half of it was full of this milling sand.
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Give me a cast iron head any day. That sand thing seems to be a common problem, good to see quality control is alive and well.

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