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I HAVE A 1998 FORD WINDSTAR VAN WITH A 3.8 V6 ENGINE. IT KEEPS RUNNING HOT, AND NOW IT WON'T RUN. YOU CAN SMELL ANTIFREEZE SOMETIMES, AND IT'S LIKE SOMETHING JUST START RUNNING OUT OF THE ENGINE. I WAS TOLD THAT IT MIGHT NEED TO HAVE THE INTAKE GASKET REPLACED. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT MIGHT BE THE PROBLEM. IT HAS RUN HOT SEVERAL TIMES.

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More likely the head gasket--there is no coolant in the intake manifold. This is a big job. I did one recently and it took almost 2 days to replace both head gaskets.

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