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Need new used 98 ford windstar engine 3.8L - estimate of cost nee

Head gasket blown - mechanic recommends new engine - how much would used lower mileage engine cost? how much would labor be - live in middletown new york

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  • wbcsr Dec 21, 2008

    I have a 1998 ford windstar that wont fire up. It has been sitting for about 6 months. anybody have advice. my email is wbcsr@hotmail.com

    The engine turns, tried to spray starter fluid in the carb but no fire. What else should I check. Thanks in advance 1998 windstar

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