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Hi guys. I'm new to this forum. I have a 1998 Olds LSS (3.8L K) and can not find an Olds 88/LSS site for information exchange. So here I come. Wish your guys welcome amn Olds owner. A little bit about my "Bonny" LSS. It has about 62K miles. It has given me a lot of problem recently. At 59K, I had to have a new belt installed, as the old one worn out. New transmission fluid was put in after flush. At 60K, fluid leak from rear brakes, and cost me over $300 to have it fixed. Also it gave the missing fire alarm (check engine light on). I thought it due to the old spark plugs and wires. I changed those myself, using the Bosch +4 platinum plugs. They worked beatifully. At 62K, another missing fire alarm. I used a bottle a fuel system cleaner to quench it. At 62.5K, again missing fire alarm when I drove on highway. This time I surely felt the loss of power and shaking of the engine. I carefuly drove it home (2 miles away). Initially I thought it needed a new air filter and fuel filter. But when I openned the hood, I found the coolant was low. When I started the engine, the coolant was losed quickly. Then I openned the oil cap, I saw steam out of it. The oil level had rised, and the oil had a watery feeling. I thought the head gasket was bad. After refilling the coolant, I drove 3 miles to a mechanic I trust. He discovered the leak in the coolant system. After reading your forum board and other GM V6 problem boards, I was convinced that it must be my intake gasket. Surely, my mechanic discovered the intake gasket was bad. He replaced with a new set of gasket from local Chevy dealer. But after he finished the whole job, he found the coolant system was still leaking. He took the intake out again, and found the plastic intake had been corroded at the main coolant entrance. He got a new plastic intake for me for $300. After all of this done, he could not start my car. He discovered the Bosch +4 plugs were black and not usable. He installed the Delco regular plugs. They wroked very well. Then he changed my oil. The total bill was $1000 for the labor (twice taking off the intake!!) and parts. The car run quite well when he finished the job. However the engine was noisy two days (50 miles) later, with a sound of "tick-tick-tick". I thought it must be the oil change job was not well done, which cost the engine not enough oiled. I therefore changed the oil 3 times (first two times with Gunk flush, with 5W-30 Exxon). Finally I put in 10W-30 Castrol. The enigne now works as well as before. I like the ride of the LSS. I wish to drive it for a long long time. I am not sure if my engine has been permanently damaged now because I did not give it repeated oil change immediately after the engine job. My mechanic told me "not necessary" and my next oil change was due in "3000 miles". Now I am upset about him, but have not told hime yet about this because I used to trust him and don't want to upset him now. But his advice almost kill my engine. Should I use 180 thermostat? I thought about changing it and all the hoses myself. But it is difficult to access the rear hoses from the top. I just spent $1000 on my LSS, and don't have money to surrend to a mechanic to do the job for me now. Any suggestion on how to access the hoses? Do I need what tools (pliers) to move the hose tighener? Thank you.