Re: 94 Taurus 3.8L Valve Job
On Wed, 4 May 2005 21:29:36 -0500, <firstname.lastname@example.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
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.