I've got a 2002 Buick LaSabre. Firewall looks melted..car gets hot on short run. I do have small leak brake fluid. Could that be the problem?.
That would not cause the engine to get overheated. It may be too late to save your engine, but check if you have coolant loss and brown sludge on the oil dipstick, or if under the oil fill cap there is a milky brown substance. This is evidence of coolant getting into the oil. This engine in LeSabres has a common problem of intake manifold gasket failure, leading to loss of coolant that winds up in the cylinders and into the oil. If not driven much or if the engine did not get too hot, the cylinder heads and head gaskets may not have been ruined, but if overheated badly, the engine may be a total loss.
The intake on the engine is two parts: an upper intake manifold that is plastic (and just waiting to fail-many owners have had to replace this) and an aluminum lower intake manifold. The gaskets under the lower manifold are the ones that develop leaks. Because GM used inferior factory gaskets (also made of plastic) as a cost-cutting measure. They took a very good engine, well known for durability, and shaved costs with inferior gasket material-go figure.
Dec 06, 2014 |
Cars & Trucks