We have a 2001 f150 and it blew a head gasket. The repair shop said it would be better to get a rebuilt engine rather than fix it. My question is would it be worth it and would a new engine affect the transmission? It has 194,000 miles on it.


Asked by Feb 08, 2014 at 07:56 PM about the 2001 Ford F-150 XL 4WD SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Did they inspect it. Did they say anything about bearing damage? If there is no permanent damage from the water in the oil a head gasket should fix the issue? If there is bearing damage then yes I would not put money into installing a head gasket just to have the bearings fail shortly down the road. If you look at a rebuilt engine see if the shop or engine builder will warranty the motor?

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Personally I wouldn't fix it. The truck is 13 years old and has nearly 200,000 miles on it. If your going to pull the heads at this point you've got to realize that the rest of the engine has wear. Plus you'll be disturbing components such as wiring, hoses, etc. that probably haven't been touched since the truck was built. These parts are old, brittle and prone to break much easier than on a newer vehicle. I believe you'd be opening up a can of worms. I'd use the money to buy something newer with less miles on it. HTH. -Jim

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It depends on how well the vehicle has been maintained. Is the body in good condition, no transmission problems, etc The mechanic is correct. It would be cheaper to replace the engine. You can buy a good low mileage engine and have it installed cheaper than you can buy another truck. If it is in really good condition I would fix it. If not, buy another one.

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Keep in mind rebuilt engines are just that, rebuilt up to the previous failure. I only use remanufacturered. A little more money, But why purchase another problem.

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Rebuilt and/or used are always a gamble. I'm about 80% on decent used motors from the wreckers (and of the failed ones you could tell that they were inexperienced people who repaired or rebuilt the motor at some point). For re-builds/remanufactured I usually hang out at the shop while they assemble it, no failures yet, but I usually get a short or long block and do the rest myself.

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The engine should not affect the tranny. My 99 is pushing 300K with the same engine and tranny. Of course I purchased it new, changing the tranny fluid and filter every 40K.

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