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Old 03-24-2004, 19:11   #1 (permalink)
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Coolant in crankcase

I have a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Vic. with a 5.0. Great running car with 45000 miles. I checked the oil the other day and it was sludge. There is also water/coolant in the air filter. Any suggestions? Any known problems with this year/motor. There is also the white on the oil filler cap.


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blown head gasket?
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My guess would also be a blown head gasket but you won't really know till you start pulling it to bits. Other things to look for is a cracked or eroded timing cover which is fairly common too.
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BTW, i would stop driving the car immideatly .... no proper lubrication is no good for the motor and do more damage than good
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I got the heads off. The head gasket is bad. The question is what would be the best way to clean the motor now. Is there anything else I should do. I took the oil pan off, What a sludgy mess. I wish I could just pull the motor and do it right.
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u can clean all the oil paths with diesel quite nicely ... its the closest to oil and does a fair job. dont use and oil removing substances that will makes things worse. it is important that u will remove all oil and water from all oil paths, sump, heads etc so u can gurantee lubrication after u put everything back together. As a precaution also check if ur head(s) are warped, if so get them decked. And then of course the usual put everything back together with new gaskets. Good as new. BTW dont forget to change oil filter and clean oil pump.
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One problem is that coolant eats away the coatings of the bearings, so if it has been in there for a couple of days you will probably need to put new bearings in.
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