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#3358 of 3508 Re: Rusting Rims [tattooregal]
Sep 13, 2007 (5:26 am)
I have the same problem. I brought it to the dealer and they could not locate any leaks and they said they have no record of this being a known problem. Yet I ran into someone who has the same year 2000 Regal GS and he had the same problem. How does this get elevated to Buick as a widespread problem. I only have 62k miles on my car and I'm looking at at least $1,000 for new rims.
#3359 of 3508 2001 GS Low Coolant Light
Sep 27, 2007 (2:24 pm)
Low Coolant light comes on until engine is warmed up, then goes out. If I fill with coolant past the line, the light will go out and not come on for a 10-15 days. Park it nightly in garage, have checked floor repeatedly for leaks -- there are none. Still after 2-3 weeks the coolant level does go down maybe a 1/2 to 1 inch.
Is this one of those crazy deals with the Body Control Module where it is relearning what the correct level is?
Any ideas? Many thanks.
#3360 of 3508 1999 GS smoke under hood
Oct 01, 2007 (6:18 pm)
I just recently checked under my hood because after driving it for only 10 minutes i thought i smelt burning oil. I opened the hood and didn't see anything dripping anywhere, even on the ground. Then i revved the engine up just a little and a puff of smoke came from the back of the engine, so i quickly turned the car off. I checked the oil level and it was full. I didn't see any spots under the car. Any suggestions on what is going on?
#3361 of 3508 Re: 1999 GS smoke under hood [gsboost]
Oct 01, 2007 (7:48 pm)
Check your Valve covers. Mine are currently leaking and hitting the exhaust pipes. If so I am not a mechanic but I would probably say you need a new valve cover gasket.
Oct 01, 2007 (7:51 pm)
I am think I may have bad engine mounts. Can anyone tell me the location of them in relation to the oil pan. This is a Buick Regal 3.8 1996. Any help is welcome!
#3363 of 3508 Re: 1999 GS smoke under hood [erwisneski]
Oct 02, 2007 (4:45 pm)
Thanks for the advice, I will get that checked out. Is it still ok to drive around town like that?
#3364 of 3508 Re: Engine Mounts [erwisneski]
Oct 02, 2007 (5:08 pm)
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Example; ebay link
or you can price them here
note that most of the manuals are a 2 or 3 volume set. You can read on the front how many books they are--it will say 1 out of 2, etc.
#3365 of 3508 Re: 1999 GS smoke under hood [gsboost]
Oct 02, 2007 (7:13 pm)
Like I said not a mechanic. However I have been driving around with my seals leaking for awhile. I could be completly wrong at what I think it is... But I have been to busy to change my gasket so I have just put up with the smell. That said... Oil and heat make fire so I may be just risking it.
#3366 of 3508 Re: 1999 GS smoke under hood [erwisneski]
Oct 03, 2007 (4:42 am)
One of my first cars had leaking seals. I probably drove it 2 or 3 years with smoke coming from hot exhaust pipes undernbeath. I was a "cheapster" back then so I never had it fixed. Guess I was lucky it never caught fire, though if any car was going to I would think it would have been that car.
#3367 of 3508 Re: 1999 GS smoke under hood [gsboost]
Oct 04, 2007 (9:14 am)
Valve cover gaskets leaking seem to be a common GM product problem. I had a 1988 Chevy Celebrity that starting leaking at 30,000 miles and it was 8 years old at that time. I drove it another 10 years with out ever replacing the gasket. My 1997 Regal, which I bought last year with only 42,000 miles on it, starting leaking about two months after I purchased it. The Celebrity had one gasket and oil never leaked on the manifold. The Regal has two, front and back. The front will leak onto the exhaust. The cost to pay a garage to replace the front gasket is cheaper, because there is less time involved getting to it, than the back gasket. I am hoping to run this Buick as long as I was able to run that Chevy, but I am afraid that I may have to replace the gasket, it is a fire risk. Maybe I'll just buy a fire extinguisher. Easier on the wallet.