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Hey guys!

I've got an 01 Windstar w/3.8.

In a nut shell, the engine is "Bound" up - Went to start it and it cranked/started to start, but then stopped - I can hear the starter engage fully, but no cranking.

I've experienced this exact problem several times in the past with the "old engine", but have since installed a Re-man engine in it and it's been good for around 80K+ miles.

In the past when this would happen I would rotate the engine manually via the crank pulley bolt and then she'd fire up and seemingly be fine ... this had happened several times over the coarse of around 6 months,... then one day I was leaving work doing about 10 miles an hour and she chucked a rod through the oil pan :( hence the new motor. (Which we installed from the top by the way :D )

Anyway,.. this motor has been well maintained and everything, but it just happened this morning. I spun the motor backwards a rotation or so, but it still wont get past the "tight" spot(?) I think in the past I had to use a breaker bar in the correct running rotation of the engine and force it past the tight spot, then she'd fire up and run.

I just want to be a bit smarter about this time around and find out what the root of the problem is and if there's a better way to combat this in the future?

I searched on line and found several exact/similar situations as mine with the Windstar, so I figured you guys may be been over this subject few times in the past? :)

I searched here, but didn't really find anything.

Thanks in advance,
Rick
 

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Out of curiosity, how many miles on each block?
I had over 100k on the original,.. I think I've got around 80K+ on this one...

I went out and rotated the engine by hand a couple of times and fired her up... it instantly made a clackity noise (Not clunky like a rod)... then I smelled antifreeze ... checked the exhaust,.. puffin' out white smoke smelling of antifreeze - Head gasket :( .... I'm guessing it must have leaked a bit when I shut it off the other day, and hydro locked the cylinder,..

Probably not going to fix,.. it was a spare vehicle and is getting a little rough... just going to probably send her down the road :(
 

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The 3.8s are known for their head gasket failures, most likely thats what happened to the other one too. If you could use the vehicle and can get a used engine for cheap you might as well keep it but its not my time or money so I wont tell you how to spend it.


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Sounds as if it's knackered beyond economical repair , watch you dont throw good money away in what ever you decide to do . If it was in great condition apart from the engine , different ball game .
 
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