By yard man on
1997 Ford F-150 XLT 3dr Extended Cab Stepside SB
Truck was great until the motor
imploded. Research on the web informed
me of 4.2/v6 engine problems with
Ford. TSB only addressed lower
gasket. Recall only fixed a portion of
engines mfged' during period. Water
coolant leak into motor from upper and
lower gaskets displaces oil in motor
which results in total engine failure.
Clues should have been coolant odor but
never a leak on ground. When it
happened, loud bang and clank under
hood and continual pouring of white
exhaust from tailpipe. Also strong
odor of coolant from exhaust. End
result, $4000.00 Jaspar replacement
engine which is the same engine but
with improvements of Ford's poor design.
Comfort, visibility and ergonomics.
Comfortable rear seating.
design a better engine. side door
storage pockets hard to access