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Old 01-31-2003, 06:25 PM
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I'm posting this for my brother in law. He's got a 99 Expedition with 37000 miles on it and noticed a burning smell. Took it into the dealer and they said he needs a new head gasket. Cost for this little operation - $2500. They say the engine needs to be pulled for it to be done. Now there was no milkshake oil or anything, just a burning smell. That's all I've got on the problem, but does this sound right??
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Is the sweet burning antifreeze smell coming from the tailpipe or under the hood, If it's from under the hood it's probably a coolant leak most likely from the heater core hoses where they go into the firewall they start to leak there and spray a fine mist of coolant on the exhaust manifold and the #4 coil pack and that causes a rough idle too, replace the wire spring clamps with hose clamps. If the smell is from the tailpipe he's bumming.
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Yes, it's not uncommon. Go to F150 Online and you can look up TSB's and recalls. There are TSB's out on it. Also do a search and you'll find quite a few posts about it.

Standard warranty is out but I "think" it's covered by the TSB, although I can't swear by what the TSB says about it. Is it the passenger side?

By the way, most people that have the problem only have just enough to seep and burn a little. Rarely enough to actually drip.

Also, there were 2 issues with certain 4.6 qand 5.4's in that time frame. Head gasket (see TSB 13846) and valve cover gaskets on 4.6 Romeo's (TSB 14846).

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Jim is right. They are having a problem with the rear of the cylinder head leaking. Ford should cover it.
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Yes they do have a TSB on it but there is no warranty extension per say. He needs to find a dealer that will go to bat for him or ***** to a factory rep long enough and loud enough. One other little ditty for you-part of the TSB states that some of the block decks and/or heads were damaged by metal debris trapped during assembly. If the surface of the block or head is damaged-then the fix is to replace the motor Also it can be done in the car.
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Thanks for all the info guys. I'll pass it along.
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