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Old 05-04-2005, 20:01   #1 (permalink)
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94 Taurus 3.8L Valve Job

Can anyone tell me a ballpark amount for doing a full valve job on this car?
I took it in today and they said cylider #4 has 75 psi and should be about
twice that. Recently noticed poor idling and gassy smell when the car ran.

Thanks in advance
Jared


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Old 05-04-2005, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Taurus 3.8L Valve Job

On Wed, 4 May 2005 21:29:36 -0500, <j@comet.org> wrote:

>Can anyone tell me a ballpark amount for doing a full valve job on this car?
>I took it in today and they said cylider #4 has 75 psi and should be about
>twice that. Recently noticed poor idling and gassy smell when the car ran.
>
>Thanks in advance
>Jared
>


you engine is toast
i would be pulling the pan and looking for bearing wash
#4 cylinder means TROUBLE

you bought a example of ford
CRAP

get a new engine

hurc ast
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Old 05-05-2005, 09:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Taurus 3.8L Valve Job


<j@comet.org> wrote in message
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> Can anyone tell me a ballpark amount for doing a full valve job on this
> car? I took it in today and they said cylider #4 has 75 psi and should be
> about twice that. Recently noticed poor idling and gassy smell when the
> car ran.
>
> Thanks in advance
> Jared


Assuming that it has a lot of miles on it, you are probably better off
getting a rebuilt engine or rebuilding yours. I suspect that you have a lot
more problems than just some valves not closing properly.

Jeff


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Old 05-05-2005, 10:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Taurus 3.8L Valve Job

On Wed, 4 May 2005 21:29:36 -0500, <j@comet.org> wrote:

>Can anyone tell me a ballpark amount for doing a full valve job on this car?
>I took it in today and they said cylider #4 has 75 psi and should be about
>twice that. Recently noticed poor idling and gassy smell when the car ran.
>
>Thanks in advance
>Jared
>



You should make sure your problem is the valves. The 3.8L
is not known for valve problems. It is known for head
gasket failures. Assuming you mechanic has properly
diagnosed the problem, a valve job in the SE US can be done
for around $900 at a decent independent shop and in the
$13-1500 range at a dealer. If you have a head gasket
proble where the engine has lost coolant or has run hot, you
likely have damage to the crank bearings which pretty much
calls for a complete overhaul. I don't know about where you
are but in my part of the world, a good running '94 Taurus
can be had for under $1000. The 3.0L V6 is a much more
bullet proof engine that does not carry the baggage of
persistent known failures.
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Old 05-07-2005, 09:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Taurus 3.8L Valve Job

Sorry, I'm not following. What is "bearing wash"? It sounds like metal
deposits from the bearings being worn. Why is #4 such a problem? I only
have a couple grand invested in the car to begin with. Can I drive it this
way without hurting it further?


<sanfordm44356@syahoo.com> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 4 May 2005 21:29:36 -0500, <j@comet.org> wrote:
>
>>Can anyone tell me a ballpark amount for doing a full valve job on this
>>car?
>>I took it in today and they said cylider #4 has 75 psi and should be about
>>twice that. Recently noticed poor idling and gassy smell when the car ran.
>>
>>Thanks in advance
>>Jared
>>

>
> you engine is toast
> i would be pulling the pan and looking for bearing wash
> #4 cylinder means TROUBLE
>
> you bought a example of ford
> CRAP
>
> get a new engine
>
> hurc ast



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Old 05-07-2005, 14:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Taurus 3.8L Valve Job


<j@comet.org> wrote in message
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> Sorry, I'm not following. What is "bearing wash"? It sounds like metal
> deposits from the bearings being worn. Why is #4 such a problem? I only
> have a couple grand invested in the car to begin with. Can I drive it this
> way without hurting it further?



If you have a blown head gasket, it will get worse.

The idling will only get worse and you will probably be getting worse gas
milage.

You're probably better off replacing this car or fixing it.

It is usually cheaper to fix the car, but you may be better off selling this
one and getting a new used one.

Jeff

> <sanfordm44356@syahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:7f3j71pmj2meb1q2vhlag30rianfla27jm@4ax.com...
>> On Wed, 4 May 2005 21:29:36 -0500, <j@comet.org> wrote:
>>
>>>Can anyone tell me a ballpark amount for doing a full valve job on this
>>>car?
>>>I took it in today and they said cylider #4 has 75 psi and should be
>>>about
>>>twice that. Recently noticed poor idling and gassy smell when the car
>>>ran.
>>>
>>>Thanks in advance
>>>Jared
>>>

>>
>> you engine is toast
>> i would be pulling the pan and looking for bearing wash
>> #4 cylinder means TROUBLE
>>
>> you bought a example of ford
>> CRAP
>>
>> get a new engine
>>
>> hurc ast

>
>



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