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Old 06-19-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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On my 4th Remanufactured Motor

2 years ago while in the middle of no where, the serpentine belt on my 1990 Fleetwood shredded part of it wrapping around the water pump. Long story short it cost me an engine (gas). I went from a 35 foot motorhome to a mini van. Since that nightmare it was towed to a Ford Dealer. The motor was replaced and we were on our way home having returned the minivan. It went 80 miles abd thought I would have to start jettisoning hotdog and hamburger rolls to get up a hill. That motor was a boat anchor. Towed it back to the original shop almost 8 hours from home. They replaced the motor again because of the three year unlimited mileage warranty that was given by Ford. When it was ready again went back out to pick it up. While on a test drive they said that there was an issue. Transmission failed while on the 3rd test drive. Home and back out latter. That motor went 20 miles before I was making tea on the side of the highway. The original Ford Dealer towed it back and then refused to honor the warranty and I was told to get it out of the shop. It was towed to another shop 1,300.00 dollars later (now we have towing for it). The motor was replaced and spent the winter at that shop. An Amtrack train ride there to pick it up and a friend from the Air Force and I was headed home. Took it camping twice last year on the way home from the second trip. It was to a more local dealer. They tried to gouge me but we agreed on them charging me for parts that Ford said would definately fix the problem. They will never work again on a motorhome as I was told. They also reduced the thermostat to160 degrees from the recommended 190. If you made it this far my question is anyone experiencing similar problems with the 460 c.i. Ford Motoer and if you are how are you managing it? Thanks for reading my story. I am thinking about making it a screen play only have about 60 miles on this motor and see it is weeping anti freeze from the upper radiator hose. Wish me luck!
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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I'll bet dollars to donuts the idiots installed a car motor and not a truck motor. Get the motor S/N from the block and do some research. IMHO unless the block was cracked they should have simply rebuilt it. But that is for another time. If they did onstall the wrong motor, hire a lawyer and have him go after the dealership who originally did the work.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:35 PM   #3
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your a better man than me ! i'd be in jail for M.S.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:36 PM   #4
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Make sure the 192 thermostat is re-installed. The engine has to come up to temperature for the emission controls to work, otherwise you'll stay in open loop. This could be detrimental to the engine operation. JM2C...
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:14 PM   #5
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I agree on reinstalling the 190 degree thermostat, but that didn't destroy four engines.

Since it's a 1990 model, I assume you have a Ford 460 engine?

My best guess is you had an oiling issue when the first engine expired releasing metal particles into the oil cooler and the subsequent engines have failed because of metal in the oil system.

I would call Ford Customer Service. Be prepared with names, dates and details.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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When I got it back it will not warm start either meaning if the engine is cool it starts right off. If it has been running then it has to cool down or won't turn over. Also Ford has thrown their hands up on this matter. If I work on the motor home such as installing a proper thermostat I believe it will void the warranty. I have to go and tighten all the thermostat hoses was told that they pressure tested and fogged the engine for leaks.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:43 AM   #7
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I'm trying to figure out how you had a replacement motor installed for $1300. I would think that was only for labor. What am I missing?
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:20 AM   #8
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Sorry I did not put that $6,000. to replace the motor originally, $1,300. to tow it to a new dealership and $3,500. extra parts this last time. Ford said that they have done enough and don't want to be bothered anymore.
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