After reading a post where 3800 II engines are being recalled for head
gaskets I decided to check mine. Sure enough, the front head gasket is
leaking oil fairly bad on the drivers side. So I decided to start a
I have a 2000 Lasebra with 35K on it. As I said, the front gasket
where the head meets the block is leaking fairly noticeably. Oil is
about 1/2 QT low cold. I previouslly filled the dexcool to the hot
mark while the car was cold and today it was just below the cold mark
cold. Is there a possibility this could be covered in the recall?
What's the best way for me to find out?
You might want to figure out whether it is simply leaking oil, leaking coolant,
or leaking the coolant into the oil, or leaking the oil into the coolant.
If you are concerned about the possible oil in the coolant, then it can be
tested. Using a turkey baster or coolant tester, you get an ounce of dark
coolant scum out of the reservoir tank. Rinse that in water, and all of the
coolant should rinse out. Then for the residual scum, dry it on a piece of
filter paper and then rinse it in denatured alcohol. If it is an oil scum, then
it will dissolve in the alcohol. If it is something else, like something
related to the coolant, it probably will not dissolve. The oil scum dissolving
is what you hope you don't see.
There is no head gasket recall on the 3800 engines that I'm
aware of. We certainly don't have any problems with them....can't
remember the last 3800 head gasket that was replaced for
leaking on any kind.
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