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Lincoln LS 2000 Valve Covers

My BIG problem is my LS has a 460 engine - we have bought 2 Haynes Auto Repair manuals that supposedly include our LS, but we need to change the valve covers and o rings, and nothing has info on a 460! We discovered it is a 460 from the VIN code. Any help? Love my car! Lots of get up and go! but... valve covers leak and have a nasty smell, and I suppose could start a fire?


  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    AS I mentioned in the other thread - there is no such thing as a 460 LS engine. It's either a 3.9L V8 or a 3.0L V6.
  • gadjettgadjett Posts: 3
    according to the Haynes Repair Manual, the 8th digit of the VIN # tells the engine code - the 8th digit on my car is an A - which codes as a 460 cu in. - it is a big motor - the valve covers go back beyond the back of the hood. Unfortunately this book doesn't tell how to change them (and put it all back together again...)
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    I don't care what the manual says - that would equate to a 7.5L engine which Ford doesn't even make. The 4.6L V8 would barely fit under the LS hood.

  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    Here is the VIN decoder values for the 8th digit for passenger cars. A is a 3.9L V8, not a 7.5L.

    3 2.0 EFI-DOHC I-4 Gasoline Ford 130
    P 2.0 EFI-SPI I-4 Gasoline Ford 110
    Z 2.0 EFI-DOHC I-4 Gasoline-GFP Ford 125
    L 2.5 EFI-DOHC V-6 Gasoline Ford 170
    G 2.5 EFI-DOHC1 V-6 Gasoline Ford 200
    U 3.0 EFI V-6 Gasoline Ford 145
    S 3.0 EFI-DOHC V-6 Gasoline Ford 200
    1 3.0 EFI-FFV V-6 Gasoline/M85 Ford 145/155
    2 3.0 EFI-FFV V-6 Gasoline/E85 Ford 145/150
    N 3.4 EFI SHO-DOHC V-8 Gasoline Yamaha 235
    4 3.8 EFI V-6 Gasoline Ford 150
    A 3.9 EFI-DOHC V-8 Gasoline Ford TBD
    W 4.6 EFI-SOHC(R) V-8 Gasoline Ford 190-210
    V 4.6 EFI-DOHC V-8 Gasoline Ford 260-305
    X 4.6 EFI-SOHC (W)2 V-8 Gasoline Ford 225
    9 4.6 EFI-SOHC V-8 Natural Gas (CNG) Ford 175
    H3 5.4 EFI 4V V-8 Gasoline Ford TBD
  • lrjrlrjr Posts: 3
    I agree, there were only two engines. One was a V-6 3.0 liter, the V-8 was a 3.9 liter. The book is definitely wrong. I own an 2004 LS V-8 3.9 liter. It definetly is a small block engine with no other -8 offereings. Hope this helps.
  • I Put all new plugs in along with replacing two bad Coil Packs, and noticed i had a little bit of oil in cylinder 3 and 4. Dose this mean head gasket, or valve cover gasket? The car runs and sounds good.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    Valve cover gaskets. Get those replaced asap or you'll be replacing the COPS again.
  • nenosgnenosg Posts: 1
    This is a re-occuring problem. I have changed the Valve cover gasket a total of 6 times now, 3 times at the dealer while the car was under warranty and 3 times at my local repair shop. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem and if they have found a fix for it. Any info is appreciated.

    The car is a 2001 Lincoln LS 3.9L V8.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    IIRC there was a redesigned valve cover gasket. If they keep putting on the old parts that might explain it. Or they're just putting it on wrong.
  • I am replacing the valve cover gaskets in my 2002 Lincoln LS. What should I expect this to costat a shop. not a dealer. Also is there a quality difference between the genuine ford gaskets and the ones at Auto zone. There is a definite price difference, $70.00 compared to $140.00
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    Alan, our LSs sure would have been a "hoot" with a 460 under the hood, don't you think??

    Those were some fun days, back in 2000-2006, when our LSs were new...
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    I would have settled for a supercharged 4.2L like the Stype. I miss the handling but not the problems.
  • leadfoot4leadfoot4 Posts: 593
    I had a chance to drive a supercharged S-Type back around '03-04, during the local Jag dealer's meet, greet, and test drive. I haven't done too many crazy things in a car, during my 40+ years of having a drivers license, but let me say this, and keep it under your hat....That Jag could hit 90 MPH (in a 40 MPH zone) SO quickly!!!

    I seem to recall that you, like many of us, have since traded off your LS for something else, but I don't remember what it was. Could you refresh my memory?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    2006 Fusion 3.0. I'm probably trading it soon for a 2013 to get better fuel economy. Might even get a hybrid just for the driving experience. I'm saving up all my spirited driving for a midlife crisis Red Porsche Cayman S after the daughter finishes college.
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