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What should I do regarding a high mileage engine/transmission?

Thread in 'General Information' started by Evox, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. Evox

    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I'm looking for the wisdom of others.

    2004 ST 4x2, has 250k miles on it, including original timing chain cassettes. Currently showing no problems, except weeping oil out of the top valve covers, and at least the lower oil ban gasket and potentially the upper oil ban gasket (I can't tell if it's just from the valve covers or it is weeping too).

    But when I say weeping I mean weeping. Not a drop of oil on the garage or driveway. Only noticeable if you look at the underside of the car. So it's just old gaskets doing what old gaskets do.

    I've absolutely no problem pulling the engine, changing all the gaskets, and timing cassettes. By that I mean I have the skill, tools and time. But I won't lie, pulling an engine and doing all this is a pain in the ass, especially when I consider the mileage on the engine.

    I could get a used engine that only has 71k on it, delivered for less than $900. Of course, while I had that "new" used engine out of the car I'd probably go ahead and do all new seals and gaskets and timing cassettes.

    According to Carfax, the truck is only worth $3500 retail. Which holy hell isn't a motivating price for me to part with the truck. It basically has all new suspension components, has never been wrecked, and still looks, rides, and drives well.
    So, what would you do?

    1. Pull the existing 250k mile engine, which I've owned since new, and go ahead and replace all the gaskets, seals, and timing cassettes. While doing the valve covers and lower oil ban gaskets are easy, If I had to replace the upper oil pan gasket it'd be a hell of a lot easier on an engine stand. I'd also be able to replace the rear main seal while I'm there.

    2. Wait until failure and deal with it then.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Change the valve covers only, Ride it till it dies....

    Or sell now while its still worth something.
     
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  3. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I’m with Todd. I’d drive it until it fails, unless you can’t afford the unexpected downtime to replace the engine.
     
  4. Evox

    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I appreciate the advice. I guess I'll just replace the valve cover seals, and maybe lower oil pan seal and drive her till she dies. I think I'll get an oil analysis done just to get some idea of where I am on this engine.
     
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  5. "Risky Bizness"

    "Risky Bizness" Member 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    How about building a new engine, THEN pulling the old engine. Next to zero down time.
     

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