1998 Ford Taurus Cyl Head

  • 1998 FORD TAURUS

Engine Mechanical problem
1998 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 89,548 miles

Driving down the interstate coming back from GA. My car shut off and stated smoking or steming. I pulled over and checked the antifreeze level and it was completly dry. I added some antifreeze, but it wasn't enough to fill it back up. I tried to start the car but it would not turnover. It will crank but not start. Is it possible I blew a head gasket since it overheadted?

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008 AT 7:37 AM

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Yes, overheating is one of the major causes of head gasket failure.
You will have to get it towed to a garage, have the compression tested.
Check for coolant in the crankcase, which would also indicate a head gasket. Coolant in the oil will wash the oil film from the main bearings and can cause major damage.
If there is no coolant in the oil you may get a break and just change the headgasket(s).
The heads would have to be checked for warpage or cracks.

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