Question about 1998 Buick LeSabre
I have 98 buick lesabre that just starting having some problems starting. When I turn the key, I hear a click, but the engine will not turn. After a few minutes of trying it starts. I took this to a mechanic who said it was due to a gasket leak (intake manifold, coolant leak) which is causing a problem with the pressure. He also said that unless the gasket and pump are replaced, this problem will deteriorate to the point where the car will not start at all.
The estimated repair is $1500. I have haven't seen any posts on a coolant leak resulting in car not being able to start before. Is this correct, and if so is the estimate I was given a fair one? Also, does this need to be done immediately or can this be delayed - I really don't have this kind of money to put into a 10 year old car. Any feedback on this is appreciated.
That is a common problem with upper intake ..when starts going bad usually you will have excessive white smoke out exaust pipe or check oil on the dipstick for milky color oil . if it gos bad it will cause the motor to hydro lock. thats when antifreeze gos into the clyinder causing the motor to lock up.. and as cost most places charge $1100 to $1500 for that repair..most of the time you wont see a leak because it leaks inside the motor. hope this helps
Posted on Dec 07, 2008
I had the same problem and found this article
"The issue is the intake manifold gasket in some GM vehicles. According to CTV, the part may degrade in vehiclesbuilt between 1995 and 2003. In worst-case scenarios, the gasket is failing, introducing coolant to engine oil,rendering the latter ineffective and resulting in siezed engines."
Posted on Nov 07, 2009
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