Explorer motor reliability
I got 163k on my 'Bird right now, so I'm researching the Explorer swap before I have to get a new motor. I talked to my mechanic about it, and he said that he hadn't had any trouble with the Explorer motors, but he did say that in the event of coolant loss, or a thrown belt (maybe the Explorers have engine driven fans), or any kind of severe overheating problem will wreak havoc on the aluminum blocks because they don't take heat like iron does. He also said that to do the swap you'd really have to know your 4.6's.
So my question to you guys with the Explorer motor is this: Have you guys had any reliability problems with your new Explorer motors, and whatdya think about the overheating thing? Also, with 90lbs (from what I've read here) off the front of the car, have you noticed any improvements in braking or cornering?
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