I'm the proud owner of a 1989 Bonneville. Or I guess I was....but not too proud I suppose....
because I allowed it to become my 16 year old daughter'* primary vehicle. The deal was, the car is still mine, but to drive it, she is responsible for all maintenance, plates, etc. I'll insure it and she cares for it from there.
4000 miles past an oil change date she ran it so far out of coolant that it stopped moving. and she was MAD AT THE CAR because the "brakes stopped working"! (Where DID I go wrong?? I wasn't this dense about cars at her age! Ah, but I had a wrenchead big brother....)
Anyway, amazingly, thanks to Bonneville, the head survived. Turned out when the grill "disappeared", something came through it and damaged the radiator. New radiator, hoses, caps, etc, later...and its driving again.
about 8 weeks later it overheats again. she pulls over untli the light goes off, and drives it the rest of the way home....ok the story gets better...
she puts coolant in it and goes to drive it again!!! luckily it refuses to move (but confusingly so....)
Turns out water pump is shot from the first damage. Should've known that, oh well, trusted the mechanic who was trying to keep her bill low.....and the tranny fluid everywhere? hopefully just blew the pressure line when the guy replaced the hard lines with rubber hosing....
anyway, new water pump and more later, take it out of the garage, clean it up. chck for a puddle. Yep, its dripping trans fluid, and NOT from putting it in. Check every line. Can't see anything where it hsould be coming from.
Crawl under it. and there it is. A pretty little hole in the trans pan where she apparently was "hurrying it home so it wouldnt overheat again" and bahah'd it down our snowy country roads.
So....that brings me here... HELP!!!
What does it take to change the pan on this? Is it a simple change? or is this a valves and other goodies situation? and is it even worth changing? or has she cooked the tranny? (She spent 10 minutes trying to force it back into the driveway in first gear!!!! ARGH!!!)
THANK YOU bonneville for being such a tough car. You're an
And I'm sorry for what i've put you through.
thanks to anyone who can help get this poor little car out of this mess....