1997 Ford Aerostar

Engine Cooling problem
1997 Ford Aerostar 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 147000 miles

I'm considering replacing the head gasket in my Ford Aerostar. Considering the access to the engine compartment I can't imagine that there is any way to do this without removing the engine from the vehicle. How many hours should I expect to spend on this repair? And are there any special tools I'll need or problems I should anticipate? Or should I sell the van for parts?

Jan Spin
July 29, 2008.

Hello Again Jan,

May I ask why you are considering replacing the Head Gaskets.

What problems are you having with the vehicle?

Jul 29, 2008.
The coolant leaks. I can't drive more than 2 miles without having overheating issues. I'm afraid this will kill the engine if I let it go too long.

Jan Spin
Jul 29, 2008.
Are you able to get a rough idea of were the leak is? And I gather it is a pretty big leak if you can only go a couple miles.

Ex: front of motor, right side, left side, rear.

Possible causes other than the head gasket are: Water Pump, hoses, freeze plugs.

Also how old are the hoses?

Jul 29, 2008.