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Leaking fluid in my 1999 Chevy Malibu

I noticed that my 1999 chevy malibu was rattling from underneath the car, I didn't think much of it. One day I noticed there was fluid leaking from under my car. I went to go start it and the key wouldn't turn. I had it towed to a Chevy dealership who said the ignition cylinder had gone out and the water pump was bad. They did the work (fixing the cylinder and the water pump) and sent me on my way. 3 weeks later, my car is leaking fluid and overheating as I'm driving down the interstate. The coolant light is again on and smoking is coming from my engine. I take it back to the same Chevy dealership and this time they say it's a blown head gasket?!?!?!? They want 1100 to fix it. How does this happen and were they wrong about the water pump the first time around?

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When they changed the water pump and the leak stopped then the water pump was bad. If they changed the water pump and was still leaking then then it was not the water pump. 
Where is the fluid leaking from, if there is white smoke coming from the tail pipe then good chance is that the head gasket is gone and pull the dip stick out to see if there is antifreeze mixxing with the engine oil.
It's common that the 3.4 V6 has intake manifold gasket go bad and leak. Check all the heater hose first, and try to find out where the leak is coming from.
Good luck and keep me posted, glad to help you as much as i can.

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Its's probably the intake manifold gasket. like the other person said if there isn't white smoke coming from the tailpipe then it's not the headgasket. the same thing happened to my 99 malibu except my antifreeze was leaking by the head, and spitting out fliud near the water pump.

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That is what you get relying on some so called expert in the garages. Try another garage.. This one is a reap off. How much is a new car if you have to spend as much as $3000 in3 weeks?

Consider having a scan on your own and email me the results/ findings on onifadeadewunmi@hotmail.com.

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