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|Pretty much what I was saying don't touch the head gasket or replace the head unless it completely necessary.
Oil diagnostics, interesting stuff, I'm guessing but it is needed !
Drain your oil, catch it in a oil drain PAN, look at it if there is a metallic sheen then you have more metal in there than needed and then you turn to the oil pressure check. If the oil pressure check say you oil pressure is ok then the bearings are usually ok, change your oil a little more often.
Problem... the miles you have on your truck, yes you can get another 100K miles but watch the oil pressure.
If you drive 2-3K miles a month, change your oil filter more often than higher mileage driving; if you think you have a problem or are watching for one, change your oil once a month for 2 to 3 months and see what the oil looks like.
If all is good, then use a High Milage Oil, I like the Valvoline High Milage.
Don't change to to a Synthetic Oil with 200K+ miles, sometimes the Syth-Oil can cause minor oil leakage especially on pressure point gaskets and seals.
Do you know which gaskets are leaking ?
If the only gasket(s) that are leaking are the Valve Cover and the Front Cover then stick to those and replace the Timing belt while things are apart.
Losing a timing belt can be be cause serious damage... IF this engine is one of the minimum clearance engine Ford did use for a while, not sure if it is.
So many things to check on, the main things.. oil pressure, oil changes, filter changes, is it running ok.
Good Luck and keep posting what you are doing.
If you haunt already done it, pressure wash the engine bay.
Run the engine for a while, using a Black Light (BL), if you have one, oil leaks will show up with the BL.
Then you can determine your next move.
Last edited on Sun Mar 14th, 2021 07:54 pm by Scrambler82
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK; now Mike Welding and Fabrication.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !