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Old November 1st, 2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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My brother just noticed his head gasket is leaking on his explorer. Is this a common problem? It only has 100k miles on the engine and was extremely well cared for. I know the 2.9s had head problems but wasn't sure about the 4.0s. Any input on this would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old November 1st, 2010, 09:25 AM   #2
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The tend to crack between the valves on occaision... Not extremely common but it happens. It happened to my 4.0. But my engine led a rough life.
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the lower intake manifold gasket gave out on my friends 96 exploder , he was told by 2 mechanic shops that it was a headgasket , when we got around to fixing it we noticed the LIM gasket was bad ,., this may or may not be your problem
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He looked from under the truck and noticed it leaking under the exhaust manifold on the drivers side from under the head. so it's gotta be a head gasket just hoping the head isn't cracked. It had an easy life but you never know crazy things happen. Thanks for the replys.
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Old November 6th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #5
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I had a 96 that needed the gaskets replaced. I was under the assumption that it was VERY common. At least for them to leak. Good luck!
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Old November 9th, 2010, 10:40 AM   #6
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from what i've heard it's just better to find a good used engine than try and fix that. like i said, from what i've heard it's alot of work to tear it down to fix and not much more time you can just swap in an engine. jsut a thought, i know you can good engine's fairly cheap.
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I started tearing into today. Not all that hard just time consuming. Stated at about 10 this morning and I'm already taking off the intake as we speak. Just gotta get the heads off and have em checked. Thanks for the replys though everybody.
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