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mad '96 windstar internal coolant leak

I have a '96 3.8 Windstar with 77,000 miles. Alas, I have coolant in the drain pan.First noticed when doing an oil change, had about a tablespoon full of coolant come out. Proceeded with oil change, ran engine for a few minutes, pulled oil plug and had about a quart of coolant come out Probably isn't the head gasket, from what I've investigated, no smoke, no misfires, no codes. So, could it be the intake manifold gasket or the timing cover gasket? Is there any way to tell without removing the manifold? Please help, otherwise, I'm using it for target practice !!

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Re: '96 windstar internal coolant leak

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I have a '96 3.8 Windstar with 77,000 miles. Alas, I have coolant in the drain pan.First noticed when doing an oil change, had about a tablespoon full of coolant come out. Proceeded with oil change, ran engine for a few minutes, pulled oil plug and had about a quart of coolant come out Probably isn't the head gasket, from what I've investigated, no smoke, no misfires, no codes. So, could it be the intake manifold gasket or the timing cover gasket? Is there any way to tell without removing the manifold? Please help, otherwise, I'm using it for target practice !!


Hello and good day:

First may I ask why you would not think it is the Head Gasket?

Please check your Radiator to see if you have a Brown Milky Color to the Anti Freeze. Then I would Pull out a few of the plugs..1, 3, and 4...check to see if you see oil on the Threads, and the Spark itself.

If you see any of these items...Then go with the Head Gasket...You may still have to take the Intake off anyway..(sorry)

Good luck and good repairing...any further info please advise.

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