3.8L in a 1996 Cougar-Preventative HeadGasket Change a Good Idea?
My cousin has a 1996 Cougar with a 3.8L V6, 60,0000 mi., he is aware of the issues with the headgasket and has changed the rad to avoid problems in the future(sand from the mould may be an issue) as well as changing the coolant at or before recommended intervals.
What is the problem, with the headgaskets, was it the gasket or the head bolts...? Machining was bad?
Is there a better headgasket available from another manufacturer other than the OEM one?
When you speak to the Autotalk guys(call in talk show in Toronto Ontario Canada where he resides) they say keep an eye on it.
Is there a better way like changing bolts or gasket before they go to avoid work at an unknown garage, lower bearing damage, and an expensive tow?
Thank you in advance for your replies, a search never answered these questions, if one did my apologies, too many years none specific to RWD and 1996 and too many replies. To the complainers out there, the title was enough of a warning you had no need to read the body of the post.