Well, I got the Malibu apart.
On most Army bases they have an Auto Skills Shop where you can "rent" a
bay ($4 per hour for flat bay, $6 per hour for a lift) , use any tool
you can think of free (air tools, hand tools, special tools, etc...
welders, tire machines, lathes, etc. are an additional small fee), and
have a competent mechanic to answer questions as necessary. One of the
best services I think. Wonder if it would work as a buisness.
Anyway, one of the mechanics was doing the same thing on a 3.4l chevy
Venture (they will work on your vehicle for $36 per hour), and another
2001 malibu was outside ready for, again, same problem.
Mine and the Venture both had quite bad lower intake gaskets. I also
found that there was water in the oil as well as oil in the water in
mine. ended up taking off heads too, just in case. Head gaskets looked
fine. Have taken heads in for checking, etc. Figured while this far,
might as well ensure all is ok and not have to do this job twice.
I like my malibu and hope to get another 100,000 miles out of it once
fixed. However, I think I will be looking at toyota or honda products
So, all is going well. Three 3.1 or 3.4 chevy's with same problem in on
same day on small army post in Germany seems like there is a problem. I
am just glad I know enough to do the job for $6 per hour (my fees) plus
parts ($204 plus fluids and filters when done) and head servicing (here
about $150 for both to check for cracks, level, grind valves, and
replace valve seals, though I will be doing valve seals just for
Thanks again. I will post again when done.