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Old 11-26-2008, 18:28   #1 (permalink)
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3.8 head gasket

hello, first post and need advice. i am going to replace blownhead gaskets on a 93 sable 3.8. felpro or oem? or any other brands that have been used on this repair. thanks, doug
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I always use Fel-Pro, and have done hundreds of head gaskets in all kinds of vehicles. They always seem to have beeter quality gaskets than anyone else, including OEM.
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And make sure you change the headbolts.
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I used the cheap gaskets when my 3.8L blew at ~60k miles. At the time, I didn't know that the problem was endemic to this engine.

When it blew again at 90k, I paid the premium.
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Re: 3.8 head gasket

Also recomend sending the heads to a machine shop for cleaning/surfacing/pressure testing. But you can check for warpage with a straight edge and a feeler gauge and hope for the best. I believe 0.007 inch is the limit. This info comes from my 91 Cougar 3.8l but I'm pretty sure the block and heads are the same.
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