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Ford Mustang Engine Problems



  • i need to replace blown headgasket dont know the cheapest route can any mustang fans help or tell be what 2 look 4 and where is the cheapest place to go its sweet and receipt in car for $3500 only gave $1000 for car and rims <tires please help a girl out holla :sick: nancy
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,938
    What exactly are you asking? If you have a blown head gasket, you need to get it replaced. There is no "cheapest route." Are you asking if you should do it yourself or take it to a mechanic? A snap judgement here, but I'm betting you'd be much better off taking it to a mechanic. Besides, you only paid $1000 for the car. What do you have to lose?
  • unkllunkll Posts: 1
    i have a 83 mustang with an over heating problem. Also the starter wants to drag only after car is warmed up
  • woody20woody20 Posts: 7
    Hi all,I am looking at a 2000, 3.8. Car looks very clean, before I bring it in for a check how are the engines on these puppies. It has 165,000 Km or 100,000 miles. Is there any issues with the head gasket or anything else.

    Thanks woody
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757

    Not sure if the head gasket issue was ever really resolved but in the early 90s, these engins were blowing up like crazy.

    Do a search through the forums.

  • stang13stang13 Posts: 1
    My mustang lags for a couple of seconds when it reaches the 40 Mile Mark and I can feel something shake. The shaking isn't hard but I can notice it. I've had a couple of mechanics check it out but they say nothing is wrong, does anyone know anything about my problem?
  • jbob88jbob88 Posts: 2
    I picked up a 1998 351W engine for next to nothing. I plan on droping it into a mustang. At the moment the engine is all stock. i am looking to find out some cheap modifications i can make to increase proformance.

    All advice is welcome.
  • 01cobra01cobra Posts: 1
    I have a knocking noise that can be heard easily at an idle. I took it in to the Ford dealer and they said it was coming from the heads (44,000 miles). They did all of the head work completely ($5000 on their bill:) and it still has the same noise. They ran all tests and said they could not figure out what is causing the noise but bring it back if it blows-up. It has gotten slightly worse lately. Anyone have a similar problem or comments?
  • kmccalekmccale Posts: 1
    I just might have the same problem. My Mustang is a 3.8L V6 2000 convertible. It makes a fairly loud knocking noise while in drive. It's loudest in the lower gears but still noticable while I accelerate. If I rev the engine while idling, the knocking noise is very slight but still annoyingly noticable. I was told it might be caused by dirty tappets. Another was to replace the intake manifold gasket. Or replace the exhaust manifold gasket. I've went through the dealership and a few local shops but no luck. Please let me know if you have/find a possible solution.
  • This just started happening about a week ago, but whenever I hit around 65 - 70 + my car starts to vibrate, I'm just trying to figure out what it is so I can fix it.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    It's normally an out of balance or defective tire. Have the tires checked and rebalanced (or replaced it they're worn). If that's not it then the driveshaft would be the next logical culprit.
  • I am looking for the location where the eec relay switch is located and I cannot find it. Anyone out there know where.
  • pilk1pilk1 Posts: 1
    I was wondering if anyone knows why my mustang is not running smooth. a mechanic told me that my intake manifold gasket is leaking coolant into one of my cylinders causing it to run a little rough. He told me that this is a big problem with mustangs with over 100k miles on them is this true??
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  • waterdrwaterdr Posts: 307
    Your mechanic does not know what he is talking about. 1999-2004 Mustangs are not notorious for leaking coolant. 1996 - 1998 Mustangs are. That does not mean that you don't have this problem, just that I would not jump to a conclusion like this w/o evidence on a 2002.

    So, what evidence is there of a leak?
  • rbright13rbright13 Posts: 10
    Well , first off, water doesn't go through your intake man. , only air , and vacuum. Now your head gasket does , and no it does not mean that it needs to be replaced . Is there white smoke , coming from the tail pipe ? Open your radiator cap , does it have oil on the bottom of it , like milky look ? leave the cap off and rev the motor , does it shoot up and out of the radiator ? Pull out the dip-stick , is it milky ? If you have any of these signs , than you have a head gasket problem.
    I got a 1999 , first year of this body style with 107,000 and dont have a problem. But has it ever been over heated?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Well , first off, water doesn't go through your intake man

    That's what I thought but apparently it does. Do a google search.
  • rbright13rbright13 Posts: 10
    the only thing that is part of the man. is the front piece that crosses from one side of the motor to the other . but it doesnt have anything to do with the main gasket for the air intake. its just a cross over pieace that you see made of aluminum
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    I agree that it's not the intake manifold gasket per se, but you said that coolant doesn't flow through the intake manifold and that's not true - it does and it can leak coolant. Whether it can leak into the intake and get into the cylinder is another story. I think it's much more likely that it's a head gasket.
  • bandit10bandit10 Posts: 27
    You might want to bring it to AutoZone. I found them very helpfull with sensors and other electrical problems. And they can order more parts than you might think. Plus they don't charge to take a look.
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