Rebuilt Ford Engine

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SHARON L. BENNETT
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1998 E 150 Cargo Econoline Van, at 142,000 main head gasket blew, engine froze up. I had a rebuilt Ford 4.2 liter engine installed, replaced the timing belt, egr valve, radiator & thermostat, altinator, egr valve, idle celonoid, plugs, pvc valve, air and gas filters, flushed the fuel system, water pump. Upon leaving and accelerating the engine pinged. I returned and told them it was pinging. They said it was the gas and try another station, which I did (several in fact). I returned and was told that there is too much compression in the engine. They rebuilt the cylinders, etc. And told me that it still had too high of a compression. It still pings upon accelerating and going up a hill. Is there any cure or am I going to be looking at replacing the engine again at 36,001 miles (warranty - 36,000 miles) The dealer tried to get Ford to install another engine which they refused stating that all rebuilt engines will ping. Hogwash - I am a female but I know better than that. Is there anything that can be done that has not been done?
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 11:37 AM

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Was it A Ford reman engine? If it was go back to the dealership and talk to the service manager, if he fails to remedy the problem tell him you want the phone number to his area Ford rep and go from there. Sounds like their rebuilder got something wrong. Deck height. Heads cut too far. Does it use any oil?
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 11:41 AM
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SHARON L. BENNETT
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It was a Ford rebuilt ( I was told it was a Ford rebuilt not remanufactured engine). I previously asked for the number of the Ford rep. And was denied the number. I paid 500.00 extra for a Ford engine and Ford refuses to honor the guarantee and replace it. So what now?
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 11:53 AM
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Sue them. Go to another Ford dealer in the area and ask for the number of their rep, he will have your reps number.
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 1:02 PM
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SHARON L. BENNETT
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Thank you, I'll do just that - there is another Ford dealership (although they are related - brothers) in Auburn, hopefully they will give it to me.
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 6:22 PM
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JACK42
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Then I wouldnt tell them exactly why you need the number, just that you do need it.
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 6:27 PM
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SHARON L. BENNETT
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Good suggestion - I do not believe it is the dealership's fault; but Ford's since they will not allow the dealership to install another engine - How much assistance will I receive since it was the Ford rep. Who said they could not install another engine - "that all rebuilt engines ping" - When Denny (service manager) told me this I said that Ford should get out of the business of rebuilding engines if that is the case and should not charge an extra $500.00 to get a Ford engine. In 1 year I have spent over $5,500 for repairs at this dealership, you would think they would raise some stink.
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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 AT 6:41 PM
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JACK42
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The Ford rep told you that directly? Or did the service manager say that he said it. SUE THEM ! There isnt a court in the land that wont side with you on this.I have hand built everything from hi-perf boat engines to drag engines to street rods, if you build it correctly and pay attention to the important things they will run great and not ping. Find out your states limit on small claims court, you should exceed the limit and let the manager know the next one he hears from will be your lawyer.
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 AT 7:24 AM
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SHARON L. BENNETT
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The service manager said that the area rep. Told him that - that is why I said hogwash - then they should get out of the business of rebuilding engines. I won't sue - I was a paralegal for 30 years - believe me it is not worth the strain.

What will happen to the engine? Will it last or am I looking at another engine - if I am then I will start putting pressure on Ford. Thanks - Sharon
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 AT 6:32 PM

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