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REPLACE ENGINE HEAD?

1997 Ford Escort • 4 cylinder FWD Automatic • 145,000 miles

97 Ford Escort Wagon 2.0 SPI Over heated and lost compression in cylinders 3 & 4. 145,000 miles. Found blown head gasket between cyl 3 & 4. Head meets flatness minimum (.006"). Don't see any loose valve seats. Should I put in rebuilt head or would it make sense to use old head since it's within flatness spec and doesn't appear to have other problems? Piston #4 also chipped due to water in cylinder I think so have to replace that also. Any advice on the head?
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Bobkluk
February 19, 2011.




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