1993 FORD E-SERIES VAN HEAD GASKET??

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  • Michelle73
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1993 Ford E-Series Van

This was my previous question:


1993 Ford E-Series Van Automatic

Van is overheating. I don't use the AC, but the motor was continuously running, so I disconnected it. It seems to only over heat after long trips "like state to state.&Quot; Today, however, it was different than before. The reserve tank was gurgling and smoking. I shut the the van waited till it stopped and filled the reserve tank with 2 gallons of water. Turned the Van on and it immediately started boiling and gurgling again in the reserve tank. Is this a water pump problem? The smell is bad. The heat from the engine comes up through the bottom like where your feet are when you drive and the bottom of the van is extremely hot inside, like the middle of the floor. That's probably something else though.

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Hi there,

Start with a cooling system pressure test to see if there are any external leaks, change the thermostat as well. I would also do a head check to check for exhaust gas in the cooling system. Start here.

Mark (mhpautos)

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I did like you suggested and was told I blew a head gasket and that my heater core is leaking. I thought when you blew a head gasket there was "white smoke". He said I need to replace the engine and that it would cost $1,600.00. Engines are way more than that. I think all they are going to do is replace the head gasket and charge me that because it's in a difficult spot and the engine needs to be taken apart. Am I correct in my assumption or no? And wouldn't the engine make a knocking noise as well? The truck is overheating, there is steam from the "reserve tank" boiling. There is NO smoke. It overheats within 5 minutes of starting a cold engine. I think the water isn't circulating, and that the thermostat isn't opening and closing as it should. I also think the water pump needs to be replaced. Thank you for your previous response :)

Michelle

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 AT 4:57 PM

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Has the cooling system been flushed? And thermostat replaced? These are both first steps. Fans turning on? Wait a few minutes witht he hood up, do the cooling fan(s) come on at all? If not test the fan and the engine coolant temp sensor.

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 AT 5:23 PM
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Basically all he did was start it up and let it run a few times. He didn't replace anything. He didn't even call me after he looked it over. I had to drive there to get answers. I'm towing it back home in the morning. I used to work in a repair shop for cars, but never worked on Vans. Can I replace these parts myself?

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 AT 5:28 PM
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Yes thermostat is the same as the old days, the fan is electric, test it by running two jumpers from the battery to see if it will run, if it does, check the relay and the ECT.

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 AT 5:59 PM
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Thank you very much for all your help. I will be back to let you know how it all turns out. Sad thing about all of this is, in the end, I'm selling the van. The gas prices are killing me. But after getting it "dirt cheap" and rebuilding the trans, it's worth it if it's in top running condition when I sell it.

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 AT 6:09 PM
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Question now becomes one of math. After a new transmission, and now a coolimg issue, can you get your money back? Find the book value, if it is high, donate it to a charity, and take the write off, this way your refund is much larger, and no comeback worries!

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 AT 6:25 PM
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Well after arguing about the head gasket, he took another look and it only needed a new thermostat and radiator cap. In total it cost me $115.00. He also removed the Heater core because he said it was bad and leaking. I found a new mechanic, an honest one. I'm going to have it looked over before I decide whether I'm going to sell it or donate it like you had suggested. Thank you again for all your help.

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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 5:59 PM
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Sad but true, there are some VERY lousey people and some are mechanics. Always pays to get a second opinion, at least until you know and trust your guy!

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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 6:54 PM
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Here's my trouble-maker:

My Van


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/216159_432177R102611A_013_1.jpg



Van - view from the bed inside


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/216159_432177R102410A_012_1.jpg

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 AT 7:54 AM
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Looks like it's in cosmetically good shape!

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 AT 3:44 PM

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