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We have replace three engines in the last six weeks. we keep blowing the lower engine. The people we are work with are now saying that the filter arm is not matching up. because the engines we got are from a buick . what do you think?

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    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    What size/type of motor are you putting it into?

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If the 3 engines were from buicks, I think you better get one from a pontiac, same year and model, just because the engine is the same size out of a buick, doesn't mean it will work in a pontiac, that was already proven from 3 different ones.

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