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luckyd

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Posted: 10/13/10 08:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I recently blew the head gasket on my 99 V10.
I was told by all repair shops, Ford techs, and Ford service
managers, that once you blow a head gasket on the V10, you
might as well replace the motor. This all has to do with aluminum heads, overheads cams, and a cast iron block. They say that unseen damage can occur once a gasket goes and it is impossible for anyone to warranty the work. The cost of doing thee head gaskets is approx. $3-4,000, which is mostly labor. ( I am talking about a Class A MH, not a pickup truck) A new motor from Ford with a 3 year, unlimited mileage warranty is $4300 plus labor. I found that labor is different on each MH. Some engines come out the front, others come out a windshield, and others through a driver's door. Be prepared for a week shutdown.

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Posted: 10/13/10 09:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Be very CAUTIOUS about those Ford "unlimited mileage" warranties. I got one on my PSD and they refused to honor it and claim they knew NOTHING of any unlimited mileage warranties on any of their vehicles or components. This, in spite of the metal tag on the door post stating that it had one.


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Posted: 10/13/10 09:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How many miles on the engine that blew the gasket?

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Give THESE PEOPLE a call.


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If you had to replace the 99 V10 engine, could you up grade to the higher hp model, or nothing on the new model would fit same place as the 99.
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Yes, the new engine is a drastic improvement over the 1999 V10
As for "beware of warranties". What choice do you have. I
required a new engine and the best place to have it done was
at a Ford Dealer. This is a Ford F53 chasis.
Ford tells me this is a huge upgrade to my MH.
I live in Canada and was very concerned that the warranty was
good there. The dealer called Ford and said all the documentation
that comes with the motor states it is good in Canada and the USA....but not in Mexico. This is good to know.

Unfortunately when we break down hundreds of miles away from home
we need to be able to trust someone to do the work. If we cannot,
then we would really need to limit our travels.

Yes, If you break down near home, you have the time to do more research and "MAYBE" get a better deal.

Oh, by the way, 63,000 miles on the old engine

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luckyd wrote:


Oh, by the way, 63,000 miles on the old engine


Find a different shop, slap a head gasket on it.

I've got 99 V10 that pulled 10k landscape trailer well into 150k plus.


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luckyd wrote:

Yes, the new engine is a drastic improvement over the 1999 V10
As for "beware of warranties". What choice do you have. I
required a new engine and the best place to have it done was
at a Ford Dealer. This is a Ford F53 chasis.
Ford tells me this is a huge upgrade to my MH.
I live in Canada and was very concerned that the warranty was
good there. The dealer called Ford and said all the documentation
that comes with the motor states it is good in Canada and the USA....but not in Mexico. This is good to know.

Unfortunately when we break down hundreds of miles away from home
we need to be able to trust someone to do the work. If we cannot,
then we would really need to limit our travels.

Yes, If you break down near home, you have the time to do more research and "MAYBE" get a better deal.

Oh, by the way, 63,000 miles on the old engine



So your saying you was able to get the newer model higher HP V10 replacement engine & it went right in the 99 chassis with no problems, ???.

I would guess, it has probably already been stated before in another thread, but what was it done to the newer model V10s to get them up to 310 hp.
The real late models, I guess are the three valve & those sound like two 6 cylinder engines running at the same time
Thanks, Neil

* This post was edited 10/20/10 11:39am by C-Leigh Racing *

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Vulcanmars wrote:

luckyd wrote:


Oh, by the way, 63,000 miles on the old engine


I've got 99 V10 that pulled 10k landscape trailer well into 150k plus.

I agree. That motor has alot of life still as long as it was not badly overheated and I've done alot of motor work...Jim


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I will reiterate.

Good Sam called many different repair shops, plus I called some truck repair places. NOBODY WOULD REPLACE THE HEADGASKETS.
That is why Good Sam did a second tow to Camp Verde. They only found one truck place that would attempt the repair. After looking at it they also advised a new motor.
I thank all of you for suggesting gasket replacement but once again
NOBODY WOULD DO THE JOB.

When you are at home, a lot of things seem possible.
When you are hundreds of miles from home, on the road, having to live in a motel instead of your MH, the possibilities become very limited, especially since you cannot drive any distance with the unit.

Ford replaced the motor with the newer version and this also upgraded my unit. We can all say "beware of warranties", but we all look for some assurances. That is why we have Good Sam Roadside Assistance, Extended Warranties, etc.

Great suggestions by all, but reality is....Lets get it on the road, as it cannot be driven.

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