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Old 12-22-2009, 11:46 PM   #31
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I am willing to try some easy things but when it comes to a 4 hour job then I know I can't and WILL NOT do it myself, I'm not mechaniclly inclined and I would cause more harm then good. Granted your advise will save me money when it comes to finding a good mechanic and what needs to be done. With that being said back to my problems I agree a little effort and research and TLC and this car will be purring again! The heater core being clogged I dont really think is right for the fact that the passenger side gets HOT air HEAT, so if the whole core was clogged I would get no heat am I right on this?
I was quoted 650 from mechanic #1 and 350 from #2, and I am going to have them compete for my business by who ever is the lowest to replace the LIM Gasket so the coolant stops leaking out. The Service Engine Soon is being thrown I think because of Low coolant level, hence the coolant on the ground. My mobile mechanic did say the power steering pump was NOT leaking and it was fine. He is pretty smart guy, he knew where the fuse box was and the battery etc, so he has worked on pontiac'* before. He did fix my HORN!!!!! He used a spare fuse in the fuse box and placed it where there was no fuse for the horn, I would have never known there were spare fuses to be used in the fuse box. I also noticed today a small crack going vertically down from the top of the car on the windsheild, I need to stop this crack before it gets too big. I also noticed with the 4 or 5 bonneville'* I looked at before making my decision they all had cracked windshields, is this a common occurance in bonnie'*? He disconnected the battery and put the negative to the positive for 5 minutes to try and manually reset the service engine soon light, but no luck. So I think once we determine the cause of no heat in the drivers climate control and the LIM Gasket leak then it should be doing much better.

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take it to autozone and get the code for us

smart to get them to compete for your business but please just make sure they are competent and wont cause ya problems futher down the road.

as far as the windheild goes i have not heard of that being a problem maybe it'* just crap luck and all of them were at some time or another behind a dump trunk and got pummeled who knows usually the winsheild won't crack unless the there is prvious damage to it or your body got twisted to far past the tolerances
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You will need to disconnect the battery for about 20 mins to reset the code. If teh problem is still there the code will come right back.

I've not heard of to many cracked windshields, and the ones that do crack are because something hit them
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Your right, if the heater core was clogged, you would not get heat at all.

Let'* work on getting your LIM coolant leak fixed first. Then we can work on the other small things later on.

I'm not sure that a low coolant would throw a SEL. Maybe a low coolant light on the dash, but never thought it could trip a engine light. Anyone verify that? Does yours have a sensor in the reservoir tank?
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a bad t-stat wil trip the SES but not low coolant i had mine about half a gallon low when i got her and the DIC just kept yelling at me about low coolant
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Well I got an oil change done asap from a mechanic in town, he said the oil looked fine so the coolant hasnt started to leak into the oil yet. But it did need a good oil change. I used the high mileage 10w-30 style which cost a bit more but hopefully will be worth it. Also the mechanic looked at the LIM and there is a small elbow on top or on the LIM which has sealant around it like someone tried to stop it from leaking, but it is also leaking coolant. So I have 2 places the small elbow joint and the LIM gasket that are both leaking coolant. He also suggested a good coolant flush for 69.99. His price for the LIM gasket replacement was same as the first place I took it to 650. I don't want just anyone to do the LIM gasket seeing it seems to be a difficult and long task to do, I want a shop that I can feel comfortable they did it right and I wont have any issues with it in the future plus some kind of warranty on the work done. So that'* the latest. I am going to take the car up to Oklahoma 300 miles round trip on Monday so we will see how she does.
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The coolant elbow can be changed when the LIM gaskets are done. That'* to much to change the LIMs. It'* only a 4 hour job and less then $100 in parts.
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Ok thanks for the info! Really appreciate all the great knowledge you guys have on this forum! One of the best I have been on, the Ford forum were bunch mean nasty guys! Who would kick you for being a ricer or noob. Back to the repairs:

I am going to attempt to replace my T-stat in the radiator hose housing. I read the tech info and some other info about it, I need to get the 300pc socket set first so I can remove the 2 bolts at 2 and 7 and then a clamp remover to remove the clamp. Then go to autozone and get the 195 thermostat and o-ring for it also. I already burped my system and it has no air in it. I am hoping by changing the t-stat it fixes 2 issue'* I am still having. 1: SES light goes out 2: the heat starts to work on drivers side.

I will let you know when I have the equipement and when I will attempt to do this.

Thanks again for the great resource for us Bonne owners.
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You don't need to remove the hose, so skip the clamp tool. You will need a 10mm socket, a short extension and a ratchet wrench. That'* it. A standard screwdriver will be needed to bleed the housing.
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Here is a great video of a guy doing the replacement I hope this helps someone else it sure is gonna help me more, actually seeing it done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tuo28XWAMoE
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