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kcode
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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 11-30-2001 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First, is an Explorer a truck?

Anyway, my 96 Explorer 4.0, 120000 miles has been having antifreeze disappearing for the last year. Originally I thought the radiator was leaking due to the plastic end cap on an aluminum center section, but no visable leaks. Today, I had the oil changed and went down into the pit and looked at the underside of the motor with a flashlight. Both side head gaskets are leaking, not much, it doesn't even leak enough to drip on the ground. The motor is untouched, I still have the original plugs in it. Does any one have experience with the 4.0 pushrod V-6? How difficult will it be to change the head gaskets, other than buying a special socket to get the star head bolt off? The fuel injectors and manifold bother me on removal. Any word of wisdom?

Mike

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67stang
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posted 12-01-2001 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67stang   Click Here to Email 67stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes and no

No its not, its a SUV. And we all know that stands for Stupid Useless Vehicle

I don't really have any experiece taking one of these apart, but let me tell you what I learned about my 5.0.

Disconnect the fuel lines, remove intake. Don't take anything else apart unless you need to. I didn't have to take the injectors off the intake to remove it.

Other than that, it should really be straight forward. Maybe someone else can tell us more about the 4.0.

My head gaskets are coated with a coat of high temp aluminum spray paint also. It is recommended in my rebuild book.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-02-2001 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dig in, and have fun!

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chris eck
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From: PalmHarbor Fl. U.S.A.
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 12-04-2001 06:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chris eck   Click Here to Email chris eck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With that kind of mileage and lack of scheduled tuneups,I would try a can of Barrs stop leak available at Napa auto parts.Down time to remove heads yourself,tools needed,working environment-weather all need to be considered.Also if you go to all the trouble to remove the heads might as well have them cleaned up [reconditioned],if you plan on getting some more miles out of the vehicle.I have seen those stop leak products work and not work so why not try it first,might buy you some more time until you deceide what you want to do .

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cpmaverick
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From: Auburn, AL.
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posted 12-06-2001 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make sure it isn't freeze plugs leaking, because they are on the end of each head and often covered by brackets or smog equipment.

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lyle29464
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From: Mt. Pleasant S.C. C. S. A.
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 12-06-2001 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lyle29464   Click Here to Email lyle29464     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had very good luck with stop leak. I always use supper flush first.

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my69mach
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From: Central IN
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 12-19-2001 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for my69mach   Click Here to Email my69mach     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buy the Haynes manual.
I rebuilt my 4.0 in my Exploder and the heads were not that different to remove. Very tight space to get everything out of the way. The A/C crap sure gets in the way on the passenger side. The 4.0 heads do like to crack so I would take them in have them checked. Remember to clean everything and buy good quality gaskets when you put everything back together. My heads were close to $200 to repair the cracks and have them redone. 30K on it and it seems fine. Once you get all the crap off the top of the engine you can almost get to all the bolts.
Good luck

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-19-2001 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a Haynes manual for my wife's Probe and it was a waste of money. I knew more about the car before I got the book!

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