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3.8L Valve Cover "Recall"

Discussion in '1994-2004 V6 Mustang Tech' started by m0n0lithxx, May 11, 2004.

  1. m0n0lithxx

    m0n0lithxx The One and the Only

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    Hey guys,
    I have a 2000 mustang with 56 thousand on the odometer. I was reading through the threads, and I have learned about a faultly valve cover that sucks in oil from the PVC and into the combustion chamber. I wanted to know, if mine was faulty, how would I be 100% sure, and where could I go and purchase a corrected valve cover to fix the problem.

    Thanks,
    -m0n0lith
     
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    2KSTANGFIRE New Member

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    Mine was replaced at around 28K miles when I complained about the engine pinging. Was under warrenty at the time so I'm not sure what it will cost you. But there is a recall that a dealer near you will know about. Maybe you can get it done free if your lucky and bitch alot.
     
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    i just got your PM thankx for the kind words. if you don`t notice any oil consumption (like a quart/month) by your engine then chances are it`s ok. also like 2kstangfire noted oil will make your engine knock or ping because oil makes the ignition temp of fuel lower resulting in detonation. that is not good if it happens. if your car displays either of those 2 symptoms then take it to a dealer and explain the problem to them and see what they say. they may replace it under an extended warrantee. or you could get new ones and put them on yourself. they are pretty easy to do except for the driverside bottom rear valve cover bolt, it is real close to the master cylinder booster and not alot of room to get a wrench in.

    i had a problem with BBK aluminum valve covers. 1st off their gaskets are junk and i had to purchace valve cover gaskets for an 89 3.8 to make them work but the real problem is there are no oil baffles on the BBK valve covers so the engine was sucking oil from the oil breather and pcv valve. i had to take them back off and fabricate my own baffles out of tin sheeting to stop the oil from being sucked up freely. it pinged real bad with my procharged setup and sucked about a quart/week. now they are ok but they are not worth the hassel for the $200.00 i spent on them
     
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    m0n0lithxx The One and the Only

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    Driver's side valve cover would be the right or left side? :confused:
     
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    m0n0lithxx The One and the Only

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    That parts site just says 99-04, doesn't say the one they are sending you will be for a 2001-up. How sure can I be if I order this that it will fix the problem? I did already do the fuel filter fix, too. But I wanna' be extra sure...

    I have a '99, BTW...
     
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    That's because it will fit any 99-04 Mustang.

    Look at the part number.

    If it is 3F2Z-6582-BA, that's the one with the improved baffles introduced in 2001.
     
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    Cool, thanks! :thumbup:
     
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    chrismullins99 New Member

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    If ford won't fix the valve cover the idea of putting a fuel filter after the pcv valve really works well
     
  12. m0n0lithxx

    m0n0lithxx The One and the Only

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    that's not the problem, im gonna do it myself, i just wanted to make sure that i was ordering the right valve cover
     
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    I second that I put the inline fule filter on the PCV Line today and after 20 miles it is already a bit brown from oil. Man I've heard that knock on and off for 6 months now. Thanks.

    The Direction are out there somewhere. I forget where the link is in one of these post somewhere.
     
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    Here's the links to some of my threads regarding this issue. They include pics of my filter install AND the directions on how to do it, that Zeus48 was referring to. Check out posts #7 on this link for the instructions, and check out post #14 for an installed filter pic.

    Link 1: http://www.v6mustang.com/threads/66299/

    This link is about the same topic, just more pics, and some other ideas of how to fix the PCV problem by deleting the PCV and installing breather filters. The decision is up to you, I went the in-line fuel filter route. Here's the link to this thread...

    Link 2: http://www.v6mustang.com/threads/68292/

    I hope this helps! :)
     
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    I wrote up a nice instruction post with alot of pics:

    http://v6power.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29539

    This is very important for 99+ engines.

    I might be doing this on Shant's car 1999 V6 (I think) within the next day or so, and can take pics of the install.
     
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    doing a search for this part number only returned valve covers for the "left" side, is this correct for the drivers side valve cover? if not is there a different pn# for the right side?
     
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    When you are naming parts of a car, imagine yourself behind the wheel.

    The DRIVERS side is the LEFT side.
     
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    that seemed correct, but the dude in a post above said the drivers side was the right side so that threw me off

    thanks
     
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    I had to tighten the filter I put on a few days ago and still see a trace of oil after the filter in the PCV Line. The Filter is brown with oil, so I know its working. I just don't think it works 100%. Might have to purchase the new Valve Cover/Covers.

    Are there any nice looking (polished/chrome) ones that also fix the problem??
     
  20. Hossein

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    ya..same with mine...oil still gets in..but A LOT A LOT ALOT less!
    i can see my filter is really dark too..used to be white :cry: