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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 07-10-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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i was sent here from PBN ST:A because im having problems with my bonneville
OK I have a 99 bonnevile se and it stopped working. The starter would hit but it wouldn't turn over. So we changed the starter and no luck. So we tried jumping it and it turned over once, then tried it again and it started but died after about 30 seconds. So we replaced the battery and it went back to clicking. Then i replaced all the spark plugs and spark plug wires and it turned over and wouldn't click at all, but it wouldn't start. So my mom called a wrecker and they took it to an auto place and they said the engine was locked up so i said bullshit because it would turn over and just wouldn't start. IDEAS ON WHATS WRONG please help
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Go check the level of the coolant & oil. Let us know what you find.
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its not here its at the shop
but we jsut changed the oil and the collent was fine when we checked it

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The intake gaskets or the upper intake (on non supercharged cars) can fail & fill a cylinder with coolant. Since the coolant won't compress the engine won't turn over. After a while the coolant can leak past the rings into the crankcase, at this point the engine will turn over but won't start because the spark plugs are still wet from the coolant.

I'd pull all six plugs & see if any are wet, then see if it turns over. PM me with your email address & I'll send you more info.
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ok i jsut replaced all the spark plugs because we thought there may be something like that going on but all the plugs were dry but we replaced them anyways. pm coming your way
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Email sent. If it'* still not turning over then all I can suggest is to remove the plugs & retry it or wait for some other ideas.
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well i replaced the spark plugs so i think it may be some collant in the engine
when we get it back im going to take it apart and look at the gasket and everything.
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Ted'* suggestion was a keen insight on a not so uncommon problem with the 3800'*. How is the negative terminal where it bolts to the body?
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