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Someone sealed up my radiator plug with silicone.......and now my mechanic wants to replace radiator....

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Oil leaking pretty bad near bottom{larger}belt pully on passenger side


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it can be from crank shaft --head gaskets or cam shaft seal --running down the front behind the cover
and some covers have a special oil seal in front of the cam ---this is a general answer
not the Lesabre specific --if you have the power train under warranty --I'd advise a vist to the dealer and pay the say 50buckish co pay ---but first get a closer and better look --can you remove the top or front of any of the cover ---that is not SILICONED in place --GM loves their silicone !
and see exactly where it is coming from ---if it's the front main crankshaft seal --?
Do I want to replace the front and rear seals together ?
Do I want to do the head gaskets as well --to include the intake
Do I sell the car and buy a toyota --lol ---Made you smile I Bet
Don't panic ---Identify the exact source --weigh the pro's and cons
you could try an off the shelf sealant for the oil and or a metallic or ceramic antifreeze
sealant additive too ----it WILL still need fixed but may get you around for awile --
NOTE for a leaking radiator core -if you ever put BArr's leak in a radiator to stop a radiator leak ---you Should then replace the radiator ---even if it stops the leak ---as it clogs your system and can clog your heater as well ---
Put in drive home or to a close garage then flush out the Barr's leak , replace the radiator then refill
for any parts I recommend rockauto.com ---alot cheaper than an autoparts store FOR most stuff
longest wait to my door 2 days --100%satified thus far BTW I'm a client not their friend or associate
and for used try harry'supullit.com --Hazelton pa ---best junk yard I know of and cheap --
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You don't want to do that anyway. There is a kit that goes in line to the heater core line. Live chat me and I'll explain it or you can go to your auto parts and they can explain it. Used to be a mobile mechanic and learned how to do a lot of stuff without breaking seals. If this is helpful, please post as such

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