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Old 02-12-2006, 11:59 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
i'm new the forum and these cars, but my car virtually has no heat and the temp guage never goes past 150. so you can imagine how bad it it when it'* winter time. Also when i turn the car off the front fan makes a whiny noise for about 10 second or so. any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't want the dealer screwing me.
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Your tempreture stat is open and/or to small (160*f?). The factory spec is 195*f, most of us run 180 or 160 depending on mods. In either case its only a 10 min fix and a $8 stat.
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i thought it just may be the thermostat, but the dealer did tell me it was the intake gaskets cuz I'm lealking antizfreeze just a lil bit. Would a new 180 t-stat fix the fan noise too?
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You might have some road debris (leaves?) caught up behind them, carefull digging around with your fingers back there, its got a lot of sharp areas.
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i thought it just may be the thermostat, but the dealer did tell me it was the intake gaskets cuz I'm lealking antizfreeze just a lil bit. Would a new 180 t-stat fix the fan noise too?
Intake gaskets won't cause it to run cold. If anything, it will run hot when the gaskets are bad. It seems as if the intake gasket leaking on an SSEi is a rare condition. I would take the T-stat out and check it. Only takes about ten minutes, and you could read the temp. rating on the stat. LIke Pdad said, stock is 195*. Sounds as if you may be running a 160.

BTW, do you keep the auto climate on? That will cause the fans to run for a short time, as well as having the A/C on.
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Man, I hope just replacing the t -stat will work cuz I thought this could cost me a chunk of money. Thanks so much for helping a newbie.
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mikey383 says above- "It seems as if the intake gasket leaking on an SSEi is a rare condition," but it'* listed as the second most common problem in the common problems thread (second one) at the beginning of this forum: 2-LOWER INTAKE GASKET "Symptom: Your coolant consumption is high,coolant leak . . ."

I was just told yesterday I need to have the lower intake manifold gasket replaced because I'm leaking antifreeze. I had no problems at all, but we looked under the hood just to check fluids and the antifreeze container was empty. It never drips under the car so I never saw any signs of a leak either. I had the oil changed two weeks ago and it was fine - now this

So for about $500, they'll replace that gasket the valve cover gasket. Anything else they should do while it'* totally apart? Please comment if you have any suggestions, they're doing the work tomorrow.

Boosted Bville said the dealer said his gasket is leaking so I posted in this thread to mention that it'* listed as a common problem.

Lastly - a heartfelt thanks to all of you here who help !! You're the best!
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Sorry. From what I've read on here, the intake leaking on an SSEi doesn't seem to happen often, or maybe I was misreading. I thought since the SC intake was metal, and the NA is plastic, that was the problem with the LIM leaking.
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Whoa, $500 for a valve cover gasket is a plain rip off. MAYBE $500 for LIM gaskets, cause they are a little time consuming...
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@mikey383. Not calling you out on that - no offense just hoping that someone will clarify this. I'm about to spend a chunk of money on that gasket replacement and somehow it would make me feel better to know it'* a common problem and that I'm not followed by a dark cloud.

I love this car, but honestly? it'* gonna send me to the pourhouse...
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