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Old 11-16-2007, 10:52 AM   #11
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She says the exhaust smells horrible.
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She says the exhaust smells horrible.
Like...?

Gas?

Rotton eggs?

Has this car been seeing short trips all of its life?

Does it overheat?
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:57 AM   #13
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Symptoms of a bad head gasket do not include burning oil. Not sure how the head gasket could be suspect.
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:08 AM   #14
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Forgive me, not a gear head by any stretch.

I figure if the oil is disappearing, it'* gotta go somewhere.
Maybe I am backwards???/ Doesn't coolant go in the motor if it is a head gasket???
Maybe that is what I was thinking?

Either way, just trying to help the lady figure out what could be the problem.

She said it is like a rotten egg / sour smell.

Car is not overheating.

She is the 2nd owner, her Father-in-law bought it brand new. He had it up til last year.
It was garage kept and it was his second vehicle, just never really driven as he also had a pick up he used apparently as his DD.
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Forgive me, not a gear head by any stretch.

I figure if the oil is disappearing, it'* gotta go somewhere.
Maybe I am backwards???/ Doesn't coolant go in the motor if it is a head gasket???
Maybe that is what I was thinking?

Either way, just trying to help the lady figure out what could be the problem.

She said it is like a rotten egg / sour smell.

Car is not overheating.

She is the 2nd owner, her Father-in-law bought it brand new. He had it up til last year.
It was garage kept and it was his second vehicle, just never really driven as he also had a pick up he used apparently as his DD.
BINGO! Rotten egg smell = Clogged Cat converter, No doubt in my mind. Severe Back pressure may be causing a whole host of problems that need alot more attention then just the converter/head gasket. Might all ready be a lost cause.. A burnt head gasket will only leak the liquid that flows around the burn area. It can be oil, or coolant, or both.
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Symptoms of a bad head gasket do not include burning oil. Not sure how the head gasket could be suspect.
Ford 3.8 is how the head gasket became a suspect. It'* along the lines of the UIM failing on an L36, it'* not a matter of if...it'* a matter of when.
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Symptoms of a bad head gasket do not include burning oil. Not sure how the head gasket could be suspect.
Ford 3.8 is how the head gasket became a suspect. It'* along the lines of the UIM failing on an L36, it'* not a matter of if...it'* a matter of when.
Thanks, I thought I had remembered reading that somewhere, but then I figured I was wrong and didn't want to make myself look as ignorant as I already did.
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Have the exhaust back pressure checked on this car... If this motor is working really hard the Blowby could be ading in burning off more oil... I'm not a big fan of the ford 3.8... The head gaskets do suck on these, but generally they will get the mileage on them before they bite the dust... And a lot of the FWD 3.8'* at the time were recalled and had the head gaskets updated...

at this point check the exhaust system back pressure and see what we get..

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I will have her do that.

Thanks guys (and gal)
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