i discovered that i have a blown head gasket on my 96 ford areostar 4.0 v6

garychizmar
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Asked by garychizmar Oct 01, 2013 at 10:52 AM about the 1996 Ford Aerostar 3 Dr XLT AWD Passenger Van Extended

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i used an additive call k-seal to try and repair it as a last resort to keep from pulling the
head  can anyone tell me how well it will work or give me any suggestions to help with this

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Tracy Hooks
10,395

those additives won't work (for long anyway). Sorry but there's really no work-around for a blown head gasket. Time to evaluate the worth of the vehicle. It'll cost around $800 to $1K to have the head gaskets replaced (You really should do both). It's a difficult and long-winded job - everything has to be put back together the same way you took it apart - almost exactly.

Tracy Hooks
10,395

Around $300 if you do it yourself

tennisshoes
24,175

Tracy is correct about the sealers, another thing about them is they also plug up other stuff too like radiators, heater cores, small coolant passages in the engine, so you really open up a can of worms when you use that stuff. When it comes to these rigs I've found it easier to remove the engine and trans as a unit right out of the bottom of the vehicle, I designed a little table that really helped to do that kind of work, so I sure if I did these rigs like this someone else has done it too.

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