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My 1994 Camaro v6 3.4 liter is leaking coolant and it appears to be coming from around the head but there is no coolant in the oil and its not coming out of the exaust. Its still got plenty of power and its getting good gas milage. Could there still be a major problem?

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It's probalbly the intake manifold gasket, that shouldn't be too bad of a job on that car. I'm guessing 4-5 hrs. labor and less than $100 for parts, if it just needs gaskets. If that car has a plastic plenum and that is bad, that part is about $100 by itself.

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Have a locall repair shop perform a pressure test on coolant system.Your most likely issue is that intake gasket has sprung a leak.Usual repairtime is bout 6 hours labor.This is of course there are no problems in tear down and rebuild.

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    Have a locall repair shop perform a pressure test on coolant system.Your most likely issue is that intake gasket has sprung a leak.Usual repairtime is bout 6 hours labor.This is of course there are no problems in tear down and rebuild.

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The head gasket is leaking externally that is why there is no coolant in the oil and no smoking from the exhaust.This is also why it is running good.You will have to replace the head gasket eventually or it will start leaking internally.If you do one you should do them both.It is easier to do both now then to tear it apart again later.Good luck.

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