I asked what could have caused this situation, since the van has always gotten regular oil changes every 3000 miles, with new filter and correct oil, and I don't know what to do differently to avoid this same problem again. Manifold gasket failure at 45,000 miles. This could have been a major safety issue had the engine failed while driving. The dealer stated that the plug booths melted, and that the spark plugs, and plug wires melted as well, and the head gasket failing. Oil discharged from the engine around the gasket.
The van had regular maintenance oil, filters, anitfreeze checked every 3000 miles. The van had regular maintenance. The mechanic diagnosed the problem as a failed intake manifold gasket. Year, Make, Model and Vin Number. Turned out there was a problem with the rackinpinion. Engine rebuilt at 62,000 miles. Tech said the intake gasket was leaking and that the radiator was full of mud.
Took it in for servicing and oil change. . I asked how this could have happened, van has always had engine oil changed at 3000 mile intervals, with new filter and correct oil, and I don't know what to do differently to avoid this happening again. The manifold intake gasket failed causing the engine to over heat. The failed gasket ruined the hydraulic lifters and had to be replaced.
Never owned a car where I had to replace an intake manifold gasket once, let alone twice and virtually every car my family has owned has been maintained and driven over 100,000 miles. I took the van to a local mechanic because of a knocking noise on cold startup and continual overheating. Manifold gasket replaced at 58,000 miles. I am not a happy motorist here. The dealer diagnosed the problem as a failed intake manifold gasket.
Front end leaked anti freeze which led to another major job. No advice offered, and no suggestions for why the gasket had failed. The failed gasket ruined the hydraulic lifters and had to be replaced. The contact stated that this is a safety hazard since she never got any prior warning about the failures on her vehicle. In no way should a 1999 van need a new engine.
No information or advice was offered on why the gasket failed, or why the engine was so badly fouled. This engine is remanufactured with the highest quality parts available including new camshaft, lifters, pushrods, oil pump with screen, pistons, piston rings, connecting rod bearings, main bearings, cam bearings, timing chain and timing gears, reconditioned cylinder heads and gaskets. I have retained the old parts. The dealer diagnosed the problem as a failed intake manifold gasket. Also the original Oldsmobile dealer acknowledged it was a known issue with this engine.
I know something about cars and I know that for the amount I pay for this vehicle, I shouldn't be having these major problems. The coolant was low and it was suggested that a pressure check be done for the radiator coolant. The gasket was replaced at our expense but we do not know the damage or condition of the camshaft and engine bearings from coolant mixed with oil to lubricate. This engine is already shot at 35K miles and I feel can't possibly be repaired adequately. I took the van to a local dealer because of a knocking noise on cold startup. Consumer was informed by mechanic that it was the relief valve on the oil pump which caused the oil to discharge, however consumer is not sure if the oil pump failre was related to the head gasket failure.
There will be complete engine failure without early detection of problem and repair. On disassembly, dealer contacted me with information that the engine internals were so badly fouled sludge and deposits that the hydraulic lifters required replacement. The van had regular maintenance oil, filters, anitfreeze checked every 3000 miles. I brought it to the local dealer because of a knocking noise on cold startup. The owner took the vehicle to the G.