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posted 07-13-2004 09:18 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking a friend's 96 with a 3.8L V6. There is a pinhole coolant leak between the timing cover and the block, just below the head on the passenger side. (Behind the coil pack.) It loses about a gallon of water every 30 miles. Is this a common problem?

I want to fix the car for her but I'd like to know if it's simply a gasket or if there is a problem with the 3.8L timing covers. I was hoping to have her pick up the parts this week to do the work this weekend. I need to know if the timing cover should also be replaced.

Does anyone know about this General Recall?

99B29 DEC 99 Campaign - Engine Front Cover Gasket Replacement

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posted 07-13-2004 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood   Click Here to Email IIGood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Might wanna check with Sam (mustangs68)...I believe he had this problem with his '95 V6. I do know that up until 1997, the 3.8L head gaskets were fairly prone to blowing.

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posted 07-20-2004 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The FSA you noted replaced the front timing cover on Mustangs and T-birds with 3.8L V6 engines 1995-1997 free of charge. it was not a safety recall, but an owner notification. The registered owner should have recieved a letter and would come in to get the timing cover replaced for free.

Since its not a safety recall, it expired in 2001.

Sorry You might try to talk your dealer into a deal but they can't do much since its been 3 years now.

-Charlie Ping
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posted 07-21-2004 11:49 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Charlie. I sent the PDF along to the car's owner. She'll have to see if there's anything her local Ford dealer can do.

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