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Hi I have a 1997 Taurus LX I bought it for a few hundred for Daughters first car. In the coolant tank when the engine is running I get almost a blue smoke as well as a that gasoline exhaust smell. I'm fairly certain this would indicate a possible head gasket. First off would you reecomend replacing the gasket or the engine. The last engine I changed was a 455 in an oldsmobile so it was straight forward. So I'm kinda lost about the procedure on a front wheel drive vehicle How do I pull the Cv shafts out ? Could this problem be anything else besides a cracked block or head gasket?

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Exhaust gases and fuel vapor that has found its way into any engine is due to a leakage inside the engine. This could be from a head gasket,cracked head or cracked valve seat to name a few. Performing this job is a huge task to say the least, but is not impossible. I would recommend a service manual for guidance in helping with component removal and assembly. It will pay off big dividends and as we know, would be an excellent source for reference.
As the engine repair or removal goes, this would depend on your budget and expertise. It seems like you have done repairs in the past,so there is no issue there. Jasper engines re-manufactures many engines for many different vehicles and they have a great reputation. I have used them myself many times. At this point, if the rest of the car is in good shape and you feel the car is worth the engine replacement, then I would proceed in doing so. Engine swap would be easier and would take the guess work out of other hidden damage that may exist.
In short, your only a few hundred dollars in the hole for this vehicle, and it may or may not be worth the repair vs finding another vehicle?

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