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07-09-02, 06:46 PM   #1  
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rebuild a 3.8 litre engine

I have a 3.8l 1995 ford winstar van with an automatic transmission... there is a tapping noise... started with a rumble but this left.. there was a sound like a suckion or rubbing... not sure what it is... think it may be a connecting rod bearing...how would I go about getting the engine out to check it out... there is no room to work ... thinking about buying a reconditioned block and rebuilding it... any ideas welcome

 
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07-10-02, 06:53 AM   #2  
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If the motor is definitely wiped, I suggest you get a FQR rebuilt from Ford and install that. It will cost a bit more, but includes the latest parts and fixes over the aftermarket rebuilds out there.

In lieu of that, an ATK North America rebuilt engine is probably OK too. I wouldn't suggest rebuilding this one yourself...special tools and procedures/knowledge are needed to do machine work and such.

Bettter off with an off the shelf rebuilt on this one.

 
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07-10-02, 04:28 PM   #3  
I have read quite a bit on the 95 winstar engines, you are not the only one with the problem!!! My tbird 3.8 liter blew a head gasket recently and I undertook the project myself with my dad.

My suggestion: Suck up the loss, I am so turned off now by that engine, that it almost ruined me for Ford. It is poorly designed. I would honestly suggest to get rid of the winstar at any price.

If you are going to replace the motor: Do not do it yourself, and do not get a used motor. All 3.8's blow head gaskets, and getting a used motor regardless of miles will result in another headache. I would suggest a remanufactured one.

 
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07-13-02, 08:27 AM   #4  
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rebuild 3.8l winstar engine

thanks for the help... I got a price on a second hand taurus 3.8l engine installed for 1500 dollars... it has 8900 kilometers on it...

 
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07-13-02, 09:06 PM   #5  
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same engine,

if I'm not mistaken. If you are going the used route, install it and ditch the van before it grenades again.

 
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07-14-02, 07:58 AM   #6  
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I agree with Otter. Get a hold of a rebuilt engine because it has the latest and greatest updates to it. Buying a used engine here means you'll have the same problem ridden, 1995 style engine .

 
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07-15-02, 10:13 AM   #7  
I agree with Joe and Otter DO NOT GET A USED 3.8L!!!! I am talking from experience with that worthless motor. Not only that, I have talked with many people with that motor. Every one of them all say the same thing....The head gasket WILL and DOES go out between 75-100k. The used motor you install will do exactly the same thing, then you will have wasted 1500!!

I feel your misery, my tbird 3.8L went out in Feb, and I have not driven it since, and I owe 6k on the car, It is supposed to be my trans. car. Oh well. We just have to take our loss, and suck it up, and pay for it.

 
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07-16-02, 06:43 AM   #8  
My friend had a 1995 Mustang with a 3.8, assuming this is the same engine. He had a problem at 30K miles with it running hot on him. FoMoCo couldn't figure out why, and he eventually traded it for a sporty S-10 with a 4.3 that would tear his 'stang a new one.

Agreed with above, ditch the Windstar and get something else. I like the newer (99 up) Mazda MPV's but that's a personal choice.

 
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