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2000 buick century: dealership)/..is a common problem due..antifreeze

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2000 buick century 3.1l/ only 15k miles but with an intake gasket leak starting to present itself (according to dealership)/ know this is a common problem due to gm's antifreeze use/ repair is expensive & not a "do it myselfer" due to location/ what should i look for in order to know when this must be addressed?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  GM Tech (Cam) replied 3 years ago.

GM Tech (Cam) :

Hello, I'm Cam. Please include all the details about your issue so I can accurately advise you. I cannot see your vehicle so please be detailed.

GM Tech (Cam) :

these are NOTORIOUS for this, yes.

GM Tech (Cam) :

They are not bad to replace, and many do them at home.

JACUSTOMER-srqnpk54- :

how will i know when it must be changed

GM Tech (Cam) :

Usually loosing coolant and signs of coolant/oil leaks on the ends of the intake.

JACUSTOMER-srqnpk54- :

you say it is not that bad to do but i am concerned about the location and the components that must be removed in order to access gasket

GM Tech (Cam) :

Well, the upper intake, alternator, bracket for the alternator, coil pack assembly, throttle body, wiring, valve covers.

GM Tech (Cam) :

change the thermostat when you have the lower intake off.

GM Tech (Cam) :

I can do them in 2 hours or so.

JACUSTOMER-srqnpk54- :

anything i should be aware of as a common problem or mistake?

GM Tech (Cam) :

MIxing the intake push rods up with the exahust.

JACUSTOMER-srqnpk54- :

thanks/ any damage in waiting till coolant loss is detected/ currently oil & coolant are ok

GM Tech (Cam) :

No, as long as you keep an eye on it.

JACUSTOMER-srqnpk54- :

any specialized tool required?

GM Tech (Cam) :

only a fuel line disconnect but you can get that at any part store.

JACUSTOMER-srqnpk54- :

any advise on something i may have failed to ask before i attempt?

GM Tech (Cam) :

Use goo gaskets, change the thermostat,other than that, you should be good.

GM Tech (Cam) :

good I mean.

JACUSTOMER-srqnpk54- :

thanks!

GM Tech (Cam) :

Please reply back if you need additional help or press ACCEPT so that the question may be closed out. You can reopen it at any time by replying to it and I will answer ASAP. PLease keep in mind that as experts on this site, we are only compensated for our time spent helping customers once ACCEPT is selected. Thanks again for using Just Answer. Cam.

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