Originally posted by HFD-E2
HI MY FRIENDS I HAVE A PROBLEM I HAVE A 94 COUGAR with A 3,8 MOTOR,MOTOR HAS 135K ON ITAND THE HEAD GASKETS BLEW.THE CAR IS mint BODY\EXT, SHOUD I DO THE HEAD GASKETS OR REPLACE THE MOTOR? I BOUGHT THIS CAR FOR $500 ,HE WAS DRIVIN IT IN THE HIGHWAY,THE CAR OVERHEATED,HE PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD,THE CAR SHUT DOWN. HE THEN TOWED THE CAR TO HIS HOUSE WHERE I BOUGHT IT FROM HIM. SO WHAT SHOULD I DO? CHANGE THE MOTOR OR JUST DO THE HEAD GASKETS? LET ME KNOW THX TONY.
welcome to TCCoA
first thing's first: turn off your caps lock.
second: that's pretty amazing for those head gaskets to survive that long and not blow. I had a 3.8L mercury sable and the head gaskets blew at around 70K miles.
the solution to your problem all depends on how handy you are. If you're doing the work yourself, it shouldnt cost too
much. I did not do the work on the aforementioned Sable...the head gasket replacement cost me $1,600 for parts and labor...
The motor itself needs to be checked (head warpage, any possible internal damage caused by overheating?, etc.). I think the heads have to be milled for a head gasket replacement (at least, my old car's heads were milled).
get it checked out first. after you get a preliminary analysis of the viability of the motor, you can then chose your path and proced. However, if you can find a low mileage engine for cheap, you might as well go that route....just hope the gaskets hold up, or you might end up doing this again...