That's exactly what set my gaskets to go. My t-stat failed, temp went up and there went the gaskets.perch said:Yes!!! Short story and please, if someone thinks this is crap just say so cuz I'm not even sure I believe this myself. When my headgasket blew a ford mechanic (friend) helped me repair my 92 3.8. He noticed that the thermostat was shot. And guessed that a falied thermostat would increase the coolant pressure and contribute to blowing the headgasket. I've never heard anyone else raise this as a possible cause of the headgasket problem in the 3.8 but it makes me wonder. So to answer your question, yes. Replace the thermostat. If I'm wrong you didn't spend any money or lose much time.
Quote from Rancher:There is a special 3.8 V6 replacement gasket kit available from Ford that includes new redesigned head gaskets, or you can use Fel-Pro gaskets.
Soooo, what's so much better about these gaskets? Also, I'm not really and truly buying the idea that the gasket problem is entirely the fault of the aluminum heads/cast iron block. There are plenty of other cars in the world that use the same design... no problems in many of them. This needs further investigation, IMO.96-97 have better gaskets than the earlier years, still not "blow proof" but considerably better...
yes, but... you are kidding yourself if you think ford has anything against doing stuff wrong the first, second and third time around.Josh_Keady said:There are plenty of other cars in the world that use the same design... no problems in many of them.
well since they probably arent blowing out on the NA 3.8's from having an obscene amount of power, youre probably just gonna find that either the gasket material or design wasnt sufficient enough to seal.Josh_Keady said:I'm not saying that Ford DIDN'T screw up, it's obvious that something is flawed... painfully obvious. I just can't get anyone to tell me WHAT it is that they screwed up! So I'm looking for my own answer, if I should turn up anything new, I shall report ;-)
what exactly are you looking for? someone to say that a certain bolt or something is out of place? i dont get what you are "comfortable knowing".Josh_Keady said:Maybe... probably. I'll be a little more comfortable with it all either way.
Oh... he he... I plan on that. And when it happens, I'll have a big six-in-one flower pot to give my G/F.i can tell you right now that your probably gonna have to blow a headgasket yourself to find out exactly where it started failing.
Btw, nice ride and welcome.Thunderchick94 said:If i'm not mistaken...they recalled the head gaskets. When my head gasket blew, they hadn't recalled it but a month later they did so i was able to take care of it. I have a 94 and i had a friend who i think had a 96 and his head gasket blew and his was recalled so it didn't cost him a cent. You might want to call you local ford dealer and find out if you bird still falls under that recall.