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ILivermore

Vulcan Engine.. Any Good?

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Hello TSOC. I've just been wondering of late if the Vulcan 3.0L is a decent engine. This is the engine that I have in my 2001 Taurus SES, and i'm wondering how it is compared to the other engines that could be in this year of Taurus. Is it faster? Slower? Just trying to get some info about it. Any help would be great!

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Its slow, very slow. But, it is reliable with proper maintenance.

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Hello TSOC. I've just been wondering of late if the Vulcan 3.0L is a decent engine. This is the engine that I have in my 2001 Taurus SES, and i'm wondering how it is compared to the other engines that could be in this year of Taurus. Is it faster? Slower? Just trying to get some info about it. Any help would be great!

its bullet proof almost. my car has the duratec in it. its has more power then Vulcan

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The Vulcan for your year had around 150 horsepower. The Duratec had 200 horsepower. So yours is the slower one by a large margin.

That being said bigcj is right about it being bulletproof. As long as you perform oil changes at regular intervals and change the coolant every year or two (and keep an ear open for the cam synchro) the Vulcan will probably outlast the car body (unless you beat on it.)

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The Vulcan for your year had around 150 horsepower. The Duratec had 200 horsepower. So yours is the slower one by a large margin.

That being said bigcj is right about it being bulletproof. As long as you perform oil changes at regular intervals and change the coolant every year or two the Vulcan will probably outlast the car body (unless you beat on it.)

Or run it low on oil... :Shady_J:

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The Vulcan Is admittedly slow, but it does make it up in reliability.

Apart from a failing TFI module i used to fight with, we here found out just how bulletproof these engines really are... In my green Gen2, I have a 1997 Vulcan engine in. Somehow, my old engine had oil pump failure, which led to a Knocking sound, which led to Rod bearing failure, and inevitably an engine swap.

Granted i put over 2000 miles on that engine with rod knock, and on the way to a fellow members house to do the swap, having the speedo pegged at 85+. some call me daring, but seeing as it was getting a new engine anyway, why not run the piss out of the old one first? I can say that even with it killing itself form bearing failure, the dang thing still had all its power on the highways and such.

All i can say is just take care of it and it will never fail you. i learned that the hard way with my 94 engine.

Heres what happens when you dont take care of it/prove its being bulletproof:

(Pics courtesy of Vash)

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and the crank:

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All i can say is Take care of it. Be meticulous

Other than that, it is a very simple engine to swap and maintain.

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Or run it low on oil... :Shady_J:

(pulls Bill of hat down to cover face)

$had3 :ford::merc::Shady_J:

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that's the one thing i love about the Vulcan its simple and small witch makes it very easy to work on. unlike the Tec witch is bigger.

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How's the 'Tec bigger isn't the Vulcan a 3.0 V6aswell. o_0 I dont understand how you can say the 'Tec is bigger lol

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How's the 'Tec bigger isn't the Vulcan a 3.0 V6aswell. o_0 I dont understand how you can say the 'Tec is bigger lol

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the Vulcan is more compact sine it doesn't have dual over head cams

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Yeah the Duratec is real fun to work on... Happens to be that he posted a pic of a 2000 which is even more cramped at the front of the engine bay than an 01+ but the 04+ engines made up for it with less room at the back of the bay. Totally worth the extra 50hp though. Don't think I will ever go back to a Vulcan.

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Well the 'tec isn't bigger, it just has more stuff in and on it.

its still a 3 liter, as is the Vulcan.

$had3 :ford::merc::Shady_J:

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In all reality the Vulcan has a slightly larger displacement than the Duratec... They don't weight much different iirc, the heads and front cover area are just much larger than a Vulcan.

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well what I'm try to say is more like what Shady said. but the top end of the Vulcan is smaller then the Tec. sine it uses push rods and is not over head cams like the Tec

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like Vash said i love working on the tec it can be a sometimes sine its tightly packed. i remember working on a few Vulcans back in my dads shop..

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The Vulcan is the looking forward to something..IE being next in line, as opposed to the tech, which is first in line. When you hit the gas in the Vulcan you are alwaysLooking forward to the the car eventually moving out of its own way. As the revs increase you feel it slowly building torque and finally the car moves! Like the tortous andhair the Vulcan is definetly the slow and steady of the two engines.

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The vulcan engine is a sturdy, well developed engine, not a lot of power, but it makes up for it in simplicity.

Do you want a 20-40 min alternator swap you can do with a ratchet and a 15mm wrench? or one that requires you jack up the car take off the tire and remove a few bits inside? Vulcan is easier to work on there

That is just one major example of the packaging differnece

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Hold on.. someone said that the Vulcan doesn't have DOHC? My engine says DOHC right on it.. i'm confused now

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Hello TSOC. I've just been wondering of late if the Vulcan 3.0L is a decent engine. This is the engine that I have in my 2001 Taurus SES, and i'm wondering how it is compared to the other engines that could be in this year of Taurus. Is it faster? Slower? Just trying to get some info about it. Any help would be great!

The Vulcan is simple, and rugged. It needs some extra care in maintenance.

The water pump impeller often rusts and the rust parts get into the heater core and plug it. Good Coolant maint will prevent that.

By that time the impeller starts to rust, it wil work less and the overheat. No engine likes that.

If the coolant shows any rust color, time to replace the impeller. Flush and refill. Burp it couple of time to elimanate air.

Other is the cam pos sensor which is in the back of the engine, hidden under the wiring harness.

Couple of failures, bearings go bad, and the magnet comes loose in side the cover.

Ive had 3, used, run then long miles, gave them to my daughters, and they ran well. Back then, the ign module was sure to fail. ( '87 '88 '90)

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Hold on.. someone said that the Vulcan doesn't have DOHC? My engine says DOHC right on it.. i'm confused now

Where does it say this, on the front valve cover? huh.gif

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I'm not exactly sure what part.. I'm in school right now and i'll check when I am out

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Yeah, go ahead and double check when you have the chance.

This is a Duratec in 2001:01-03_Duratec.jpg

And this is a Vulcan in 2001:02-03_Vulcan.jpg

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Yeah, go ahead and double check when you have the chance.

This is a Duratec in 2001:01-03_Duratec.jpg

And this is a Vulcan in 2001:02-03_Vulcan.jpg

Brian, your pics did not show up for me, so I will add one also.

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Brian, your pics did not show up for me, so I will add one also.

-chart-

I can see 'em. :dunno:

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