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Coolant leaking, engine starts to get hot

Had someone look at it, he told me the leak was at the intake, tried to fix it but coolant was still leaking out. He said there were really so many problems i should get a new engine ($1200 is cost prohibitive at this time); he suggested using Blue Devil to see if that would stop the leaking. I haven't picked up the car yet but he said it didn't stop the leaking and the bloc might be cracked. Can you list any solutions, starting with the least expensive?

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  • jackatay Dec 16, 2008

    Thanks gforce3s. When I picked up the car I asked about the intake manifold, the guy said he replaced it (don't know if it was GM's updated version though; didn't remember to ask that), but he said there still a leak - thinks the block is cracked & until I can figure out whatelse to do - pay for extensive repairs or pay for new engine (need to get $ together) - I have to drive the car as is; I just have to keep an eye on the temp guage.

    Thanks again!

    M

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It is EXTREMELY common for the intakes of these cars to leak coolant, internally and externally. What i would reccomend to do is to replace the intake manifold with gm's updated version, which fixes the coolant leaking issue. also change the oil, as some of the coolant most likely found its way internally down to the crankcase. this is really the only way to repair this issue, and it is very common.

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