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    Looking for some help with a couple of problems with a friend's 2002 Taurus. At least one cylinder down on compression, but that cylinder has apparently been running lean too. Not much money available to work on it,, trying to decide if it's worth pulling the heads. Please PM if you may be able to offer some advice.

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    What engine is in it Barry?
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    Yes they have intake problems. All the V-6s have head gasket issues. Seen a lot go at 60,000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldelmn8tr View Post
    What engine is in it Barry?
    2002 3.0 V6 single cam gas engine.
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    Like Evil said alot of headgasket problems and also exhaust valve sinking into head problems. If I remember right, Ford was using a flame hardened seat on those and they get pounded out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldelmn8tr View Post
    Like Evil said alot of headgasket problems and also exhaust valve sinking into head problems. If I remember right, Ford was using a flame hardened seat on those and they get pounded out.
    Thanks, that doesn't sound like a cheap repair!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 If your ran a cammer your odds of finishing WERE ZERO.
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    the 3.0l does have valve seat issues.have seen a few broken valve springs.remove the cylinder head and inspect.you will more than likely find worn valve seats.
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    I have seen a "sticky" valve cause this concern. before tearing down i would put a vaccumm gauge on source vaccumm. Find the main vac port you can follow a red vaccumm line to where it connects to to the intake manifold.. If the vaccumm gauge is twitching and not smooth then there is a valve train problem.. Very quick and easy to try..
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    Quote Originally Posted by obnoxious001 View Post
    Looking for some help with a couple of problems with a friend's 2002 Taurus. At least one cylinder down on compression, but that cylinder has apparently been running lean too. Not much money available to work on it,, trying to decide if it's worth pulling the heads. Please PM if you may be able to offer some advice.

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    Please check the compression before anything else! There are alot of areas that these engines show a week hole that are more ignition related than compression. I understand that the back 3 are hard to get at but a simple "finger in the hole" might save alot of grief!
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