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96 Ford windstar GL

After driving the car from dealer (it was a as is ) engine light was on the van stall all the way home a week later putt putt noise if drive over 60km . change the oil again plus filter, new cat converter know the van engine is off and exhaust is white and smells of gas.

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  • missriddim Jan 27, 2009

    thanks even with the smell of gas? also when checking oil the oil smell of gas. and how to know if its is the top or bottom gasket?

  • missriddim Jan 28, 2009

    Thanks so much already look for the parts

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If there is white smoke coming out of tail pipe, the head gasket is blown. needs to be replaced.

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  • Richard Delahant Jan 28, 2009

    Yes, even with smell of gas.A head gasket can blow anywere, if it's blown by the coolant port, and intake and exhaust valves,when the exhaust valve opens, coolant and unburned gas will be pushed out the exhaust.when you get the head gasket kit, all the gaskets are included that you will need., so all of them can be replaced.

    Gas can seep into the oil, so it would be a good idea to change the oil and filter too.

  • Richard Delahant Jan 28, 2009

    almost forgot, you will need to find out if you can reuse those head bolts, or need new ones. Some vehicles require new ones.

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