As many of you know I’m having problems and experimenting with my 2004 Ford Taurus rather than junking it just as a learning experience and maybe with some luck I might fix it and get some more miles out of it.
I found my problem…A valve spring was broken and the valve was also damaged. I had a used cylinder head from a 2002 Ford Taurus and I put it on with a new head gasket. I realize I could have repaired the old one but it looked too complicated and the other cylinder head was fine.
The car is running fine now. It’s not sputtering anymore.
However the exhaust manifold where it meets the catalytic converter is leaking. I can see the exhaust smoke coming from the connectino where the two bolts were.
My first thought was it was on crooked or the bolts weren’t tight enough. I redid that and it is still leaking.
Question - Should there be any distance in between here? I have like a 3/8" gap evenly around the space where the exhaust manifold meets the cat converter.
Also…I did the head gasket exactly as instructed but I see a ton of white smoke coming out of my exhaust. I’m hoping this is somehow from the connection issue on the cat converter and not something I did wrong with the head gasket.I followed a instructional video and did everything exactly as shown.