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Old 06-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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Hello all, Glad to fine this forum. Hope your rides are all funtioning well. My '92 Park Avenue is the best car I have ever owned. I have 4 others and except for my aerostar van they have had their share of major problems. Not the PA it runs smooth and since '94 when I bought it, I have only put about 1000 bucks into it for repair work. It has 142.000 miles and smooth as silk still today. I started getting the brown creem collecting in the overflow tank and loosing coolant so I changed the intake manifold gasket hopeing it is not a head gasget. Will have to give it a few miles to see if the brown creem comes back but in the meantime, after all was put back together I had a leak in the metal cooling elbow pipe. I thought it was the o ring so replaced it and it still leaks. I read on the internet that the metal pipe (yes mine is metal as is the top intake manifold) might be split under the o ring (very thin in this area). Also my pipe does not go into the tension pully for cooling. The dealer or any auto parts stores I have called does not carry this part. I wonder if any of you know a source for a new, or a fix for a split pipe? I am just now going to get going on removeing the pipe again. Thanks in advance for any info or help, I don't want to give this car up even if I find out the head gaskets are the problem.

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Take a look at www.rockauto.com Inspect the part, you should see a crack. Also make sure it'* clean before you put the O ring on. Also lube the O ring up real good before it goes in. Wiggle it a bit. The gunk your dealing with tells me air got in to the cooling system. Flush it real good and replace with fresh coolant.
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Thanks for the info Dan. Unfortunatly like the dealer, rockauto doesn't have the part. If I cannot fix the pipe, I may remove the intake and tap a thread into the outlet hole and screw in a 90 degree brass fitting connected to a heater hose.
After reading through other threads I do not think I have a blown head gasket as the exhaust is invisable and no sweet smell coming from the tail pipe.
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Don't see many blown head gaskets. You may have to go to a salvage yard, pick and pull, and find the part you need.
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Yea the wrecking yard is a good option. If I can't fix the pipe I will call a few yards before tapping the outlet hole.
Even with a metal upper intake and metal elbow pipe on my '92 I am having the same trouble as all the people with plastic parts, although it did go 17 years before happening....off to pull the pipe again, take care out there......
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Progress report on metal elbow pipe... After pulling the pipe a second time I checked the pipe very closely and could not find a leak. I even put it in water and pressurized it and no bubbles came out. I had some very old form-a-gasket in a bottle and doped up the pipe end,added a new slightly thinner o ring, put everything back, let the sealer dry a day and just now got back from checking it after a long ride and cool down period. Thankfully no leak. But I will keep and eye on it. The cars ideling speed seems to go up and down a bit after all this repair work but I am hopeing the cars computer will get things worked out, also I just tried my cruise control and the light comes on but it does not work. Must be a vacuume hose or something.
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should be a cable to the tb for it that you may have forgot to hook back up, or vac line to the cc actuator
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Thanks I will check both those out also. I did remember when putting vac lines back there was one very tiny one that comes off the T B housing and it has a 90 degree end on it and seemed to want to go toward the firewall. I looked for a long time and found a very small plastic nipple coming out of a box on the firwall but the little hose elbow'* I D was too big for it'* O D so I found a piece of old cloth covered tubing (old vw style hose) for a coupler interface that seemed to fit both but now I think with what your saying it could be the coupler is not a tight enough fit. I wonder if when I pulled the original 90 degree elbow off, and it was really on there, I lost something and that is why it would not fit.
Thanks everybody for your help once again. Hope all is well with you in G M land! P * have you utubed any Garnd National twin turbo'* going down the drag strip in 9 seconds or less? quite amazing!
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