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Old 06-10-2004, 06:35   #1 (permalink)
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Question Short-Term Retirement of XR6

I'm about to head off an a 15 month around th world trip.

But, I'm having to leave 2 cars behind. The XC is fine, its only running a 250, it'll be pulled out when I get back anyway.

It's the XR6 (EF) that I'm a little concerned about. Over the last couple of weeks it has developed a head gasket leah (Doh!) both internal and external.
I realise water sitting in the cylinder for a period of time will spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R for the engine when I eventually try to fire it up again.

I was told by someone to drain the current oil. The Just about fill it (15L) with "Redex", even putting some in each cylinder.

Should I just drain the water and run the engine a bit ( < 10 seconds ) to ensure there is no water in any cylinders then simply cancel the rego and let it sit?

Or is there some decent preparation I should be taking? I've only ever had to do this with the XC, and I knew it would fire up first time when I got back.

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Re: Short-Term Retirement of XR6

my personal experience with redex is not a good one. as far as im concerned if your gonna put redex in it then you may as well fill the engine with water and leave it sit. redex is shit and will make your engine worse than what it is. fix the gasket if anything. itll save you heaps in the end. if your going for 15 months then get someone to start your car at least once a month.
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Re: Short-Term Retirement of XR6

I agree.. fix the head and just get it started once in a while.

If its not started, the seals will dry up and die, the rings will stick to the bores.. tons of trouble in the long run.

Tho.. when i parked the escort i was starting it every few weeks for months.. then ran out of time to do it and it sat for nearly 9 months. Bit of aero spray down carby, gave it a wind over for 30secs to pump petrol up and the thing fired. Wouldn't idle for 5mins but could spin the wheels for 20meters down the road :)

Do the safe thing and fix and get someone to start it.
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Re: Short-Term Retirement of XR6

take the plugs out, and fill the cylinders with oil.
When you get back, take the head off and get it done / new gasket, and just soak up any oil still in the bores while its off -this will stop the bores rusting due to the water.
Also change the engine oil / filter / coolant at the same time.
Dont leave it sit without water, make sure its topped up with water and coolant.
Also you might want to pour a bottle of metho in the fuel tank when you get back to get rid of any water in the fuel.
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Re: Short-Term Retirement of XR6

Ok, so maybe getting it fixed is the better option.
how much is a set of gaskets noadays? I remeber a set for the 250 costing around $140. Is this about right for the EF? Are there differences between the XR's and Taxi's?

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Re: Short-Term Retirement of XR6

Fix the gasket. Its not that hard. I did it myself to the EL xr6 a couple of days ago and it only cost me $350. But i was lucky the head was still in good shape. The I6's gasket kit goes for around 120-150, then head crack testing for me was about a $100. New head bolts (which you MUST get, because they stretch when they are in the head) cost me $60, then fixing the problem was about $50 bucks. Saved myself $700 in labor.

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Fit the gasket then put a tbl sppon of oil in each cylinder and crank over without the sparkplugs in to fully lubricate cylinder. drain fuel as well cheers.
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Let me borrow it while your away i'll make sure it get's a good run!!
Even Better Lend it to fordforums and we can all give it a good run!!!!
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Re: Short-Term Retirement of XR6

Alright, I've made the decision... It's going to get fixed.

I've done a head on the old 250 but I reckon it's going to be a whole world harder with OHC. Is there anything I should look out for when pulling the bastard off?

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Yeah - dont break the tensioner or chain guides.... thats the most important bit.
If you pick up a gregories manual - they are only $30 odd, there is procedure in there on how to remove / reinstall the head.
You most likely will need to have the head welded around the rear water jacket.
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