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Chuy D

Chuy D 1/9/2017

1983 Mercury Cougar LS 6 Cyl 3.80L

Engine

Spitting water from exhausted

What should I look for wild changing the head gaskets look like water finely made it in the block nothing it's made to last for ever. I have to thank everyone that makes this app so helpful helping others like my self keep shearing what you knowledge in auto mechanic. Everybody have a good day and God bless.

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Jimm

Jimm 1/10/2017

Well known issue with the 3.8L engine to have cylinder head gaskets failure. Replace the cylinder head gaskets as well as the cylinder head bolts at the same time.

Try these on-line resources for the replacement parts: www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.partstrain.com - to list a few.

For example, they (RockAuto) list the replacement cylinder head gasket kit from around $18.00 and the cylinder head bolt kit from around $6.50 for your vehicle.

Cylinder head gasket kit = FEL-PRO part #HS8857PT - or it's equivalent
Cylinder head bolt kit = FEL-PRO part #ES72129 - or it's equivalent

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Jimm

Chuy D 1/14/2017

OK have a question do I have to do the pistons runged as well or will the engine run good just changing the head gaskets.

Chuy D

Chuy D 1/14/2017

Thank for the info I have the gasket kit was not thinking about the new bolt's that a good advice thank you.

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Jimm

Jimm 1/14/2017

No way to tell if there is any other damage without the disassembly and inspection for these other engine components; such as the pistons.

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