Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Stroud, Oklahoma
When I got the replacement head, I was told it was ready to install. A year after I installed it, that head cracked in 2 cylinders. A machinist friend looked at it and told me that the head had not been surfaced prior to assembly. He surfaced the head and welded the cracks with aluminum rod. It held together for a little over a year and went bad again. When I took it apart this time, I couldn't see any cracks and couldn't see any evidence of a gasket leak, but there was coolant in the #1 cylinder. I decided after all the trouble I had with it, it must have a warped block surface, but didn't want to put money into another engine, so I parked it and got another car. The rest of the Escort is in good shape, it was just that the engine wouldn't hold together.