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Blown Head Gasket....2007 SEL.

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#1 OFFLINE   skynyrdmh


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 06:33 AM

Well it happened. The bulletproof 3.5 just blew a head gasket. Still runs smooth but gets hot after about 5 min of running and yup the dreaded *mix* of coolant/oil in the oil pan. Just happed out of the blue.  I do not have the time to fix myself as I have way to many irons in the fire right now. Including a new bathroom remodel I am in the middle of, my daughters wedding that's happening in December, etc.


Anyone in the Columbus area know of a good/fair/reliable mechanic I can turn to, to get this job done?? I am also curious if anyone else has gone through this and what is a ballpark charge??  Or is it even worth it and maybe just look for a used engine??


Thanx all.

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#2 OFFLINE   erikrichard


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 11:51 AM

I think it's far more likely that your internal water pump seals failed creating overheating and coolant in the oil. This is a common problem with the 3.5l, and I haven't seen any blown head gasket issues in my searches on the 3.5l issues. Whether it's worth to fix depends on how long you drove it with contaminated oil.

Edited by erikrichard, 10 October 2018 - 11:52 AM.

#3 ONLINE   enigma-2


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:36 AM

Local shops charge around 12-13, Ford garage will be up around 2k. Heres a video showing how to change the water pump, guides, tensioner and chain.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 01:45 PM

It's moved now.

Edited by Ntrain2k, 12 October 2018 - 05:45 PM.

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#5 OFFLINE   macbwt


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Posted Today, 05:11 AM

The water pump failed.  Highly doubt the head gaskets have fail unless you drove to near catastrophic over heating and complete failure.  More to it than just a new water pump though.  Pump, VCT's, guides, chain, tensiors etc.

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