Would it be cheaper to repair my head gaskets or just replace the whole engine?

Asked by Dec 17, 2015 at 07:51 PM about the 2003 Ford Crown Victoria STD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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The head gaskets would be cheaper but if your engine has really high miles or is in poor shape I would either dump the car or put a new engine in it if you plan on keeping it for another 100k.

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What FoR said. Those cars when cared for are almost bulletproof. There is a reason fleets use them and don't want to change to another model.

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86,085

The Triton 4.6 and 5.4 are really durable engines in my experiacne and can run hundreds of thousand of miles with no problem at all when cared for.

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Agreed. With both those guys. They used to have a problem with spark plugs blowing out like bullets, but that was from aluminum heads and very short threads on plugs, since been corrected.

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Good evening Gentlemen

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86,085

You too Ford!

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Head gaskets don't require repair often on the 4.6 and 5.4 Triton engines. If it has high miles I would replace the head gaskets (only if necessary) and I would replace the valve guide seals, timing chain, all the rubbing blocks and the timing chain tensioners. Also I would replace the thermostat and water pump while it was apart. Warning, this is NOT a do it yourself job unless you have a service manual and are very experienced. One little mistake with the cam timing will bend lots of valves.

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