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Old 06-03-2006, 05:34 AM   #1
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so yea im driving alot and my check engine light comes on, and i notice that my oil pressure is droping, and the temp gauge isnt doing anything.. so i'm think it will be fine until i bring it in on saturday.... well my bonnie started to chug and not want to take off at all... so i start driving for my house with the hood popped so the motor would get more cooler air since i start to smell anti-freeze. i made it to my house and shut her off. went to run to the store a hour later, hard starting... then at the stop light a block from my house, steam pours from under the hood! i turn off the car. i opened the hood to see where it was coming from, and it was coming out from by the exhaust mainfold.... Do You Think Its The Head Gasket????
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I man I am sorry to hear that. I am not sure if it'* the head gasket; I always thought that was the oil and coolant sign. But I am sorry to hear that.
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I don't really know what to make of it. Generally head gaskets leak coolant into the cylinders.

That'* odd.....Maybe a UIM?
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No it'* not the head gasket, as I've yet to see a single one fail.

Driving the car after the symptoms showed up may very well mean the end of your engine.

You are low on coolant and I'll bet you have coolant mixed in with your oil. If you do, the crank journals and bearings are rusting out of your motor. The damage from the heat and rust may already be done, but I'd suggest draining your oil immediately as a safety.

You are probably our latest L36 UIM failure victim, but you should have parked the car and drained immediately.
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Yes most likely Upper Intake or lower Intake gasket failure or EGR passage.
Oil needs attention ASAP. Take spark plugs out and see if its hydrolocked with coolant.
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but I'd suggest draining your oil immediately as a safety.
What Will said.
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I personally think it'* too late. He dogged it after the symptoms started. For quite awhile.
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i hope it does as much damage as it can its all ready in the shop, i have a warenty on the car and its already approved for the repairs. it should be a week til i get her back.
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Coolant out the exhaust manifold is not good. You might have hydrolocked. In other cars, this might easily be a head gasket leak. But like Will said, we have *NEVER* seen one on the 3800 engine. Intake manifolds on the other hand, well those happen all the time. Mine has been done *twice* inside of 85,000 miles.

You should never ever ever keep driving when you're getting coolant in the engine. If you didn't destroy your engine then you might get away with new Intake manifold gaskets and a new or Bob Dillon remanufactured upper manifold. If you did destroy your engine then . . . new engine time.

Drain oil immediately (x however many people already said to do that).
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You may have a warranty, and they may not have to replace the engine now, but you will almost certainly have crank bearing failure later. Hopefully while still under warranty.
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