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2001 Ford Expedition Question: My oil tank cap has thick yellowish sludge and after having the oil changed its

 

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Gretchen Green, 4.6L V8, San Diego, CA, February 24, 2012, 20:04
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still building up and now she's having trouble starting (2-3days later). Now I've notice white smoke and she's driving a little rough. The check engine light is on and I was told she's misfiring. What work should be done?? First I was told a major tuneup and now a valve job.... Not to mention almost 2yrs ago the engine was replaced and oil changes had been maintained.

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    mastertech6371 February 24, 2012, 20:25
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    it sounds like it has overheated and you are mixing coolant and oil. have a leak down test to check the cooling system first before doing anything.

    Roy

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    Gretchen Green, February 25, 2012, 00:26
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    Okay thank you I will ask for the test. Will a leak down test detect a cracked or leaking head gasket and comfirm the need of a valve job? And can you tell me if valves 3&4 are "misfiring" would that mean a valve job should be done? Costing more than $2,500.00 or is that fair?

    Thanks again I wish I had your knowledge or Oprah's bank balance. AB

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    mastertech6371, February 25, 2012, 07:21
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    yes, this test will confirm a head issue and yes, it could also be the missfire code.

    2500 sounds like a good starting price.

    Roy

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    toneymcclay February 25, 2012, 05:50
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    check the warranty on the engine replacement ,seems like the engine was overheated and caused damage to the head or head gasket ,inspection needed

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