Thanks for the reply. Our Alero has the 4 cyl. Ecotec engine, not affected
by this problem. I had my dealership's technician do their 57 point
(drivetrain, suspension, brakes) inspection and they reported no issues
other than dry upper strut mounts resulting in excessive noise. This
corresponds to my observations (which I was withholding to see what they
said after the inspection). They lubricated the mounts and gave everything
else a clean bill of health. For $69 (CDN) including an oil and lube job,
tire rotation, and top up all fluids, it gave me a little piece of mind.
Once I got home, I put the car up on stands and took a good look around all
the hoses, seals, axles, suspension, etc. for any visible fluids, leaks,
dampness and did not find anything. So, I am reasonable satisfied that
everything is OK and the warranty will problem expire in the next 4-6 weeks.
If anyone has other ideas, I would be glad to hear them.
Ever consider an extended warranty? We bought one 20,000 miles ago on our
'99 Venture minivan, and it has already paid for itself ($800) due to
leaking intake manifold gaskets (a $600 job on a 3400 V6 minivan engine)
and other sundry repairs. We still have 30,000 miles left on the warranty
(good until 100,000 miles). We'll probably keep the van until the warranty
expires, then sell it.
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