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I have a 1995 mustang 3.8 that I just bought it has coolant in the oil what is the problem and what will have to be done to fix it. Coolant is also coming out of the tail pipe as soon as I poor it in the radiator.

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Change the head gaskets & purchase an upper engine gasket set. Make sure you get a good quality set. Auto parts stores can help you with this selection. You may wish to have the heads resurfaced & checked for cracks especially if the engine has overheated. Good luck!

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