Home » ShopTalk » Manufacturer » Ford » Thunderbird » 1993 - Coolant Out Exhaust - Head Gasket

ShopTalk - Automotive Questions and Answers

1993 Ford Thunderbird:
Coolant Out Exhaust - Head Gasket

Alex Steele
Save or Share Information
Print Page
E-mail Page



I have a 1993 Thunderbird LX and coolant is apparently leaking into the exhaust system. I see white smoke coming out of the tailpipe, and the coolant leaks out of a crack in the muffler. Do you have any idea about where it's coming from or suggested repairs?




Sounds like a blown head gasket. This most certainly can happen to some Ford 3.8-liter V-6 engines once the mileage accumulates.


Stop driving the car before any more damage is done. A portion of the head gasket has deteriorated at a coolant passage between the cylinder head and the engine block. The coolant then goes directly into the cylinder and gets pumped out into the exhaust system.


Get it to a qualified technician, and he'll pull the cylinder heads and inspect for cracks and warpage. Make sure that both head gaskets are replaced and both cylinder heads thoroughly inspected. It would be ridiculous to do just one side because most likely the other side won't be far behind. Good luck

Browse by:  
E-mail Page
Print Page
Save or Share Information

Need Help?

Get FREE Answers from our Technicians at the Ford Thunderbird Forum.


15 Apr 2016, 23:32
I was so confused about what to buy, but this makes it unsdterandable.


What's your opinion?

Notify me about new comments on this page
*Type characters in below (click image to refresh)

Home » ShopTalk » Manufacturer » Ford » Thunderbird » 1993 - Coolant Out Exhaust - Head Gasket
Save or Share Automotive Information
Custom Search