|Originally posted by solotwo:|
You are probably correct on super gasket as I have seen oil in that area when I got the car and the super was low on super oil. Sure it is easy, but I dont have the time, unless I quit one of my part time minimum paying jobs to do this. I also do not have a shop manual for the 3800. Not sure what has to come off and what doesnt. Like the fuel injectors .
I am tempted to try some bars leak and see if that works. The leak is not a large amount of coolant.
Smartaxle why didnt you talk me into buying your car? I wouldnt have had all these problems. LOL
I never want to be that "pushy" guy, so I just show the car and let it speak for itself. If folks don't want it, than it wasn't meant to be. (and a 3.4 wasn't really competition to a 3800sc..) You definitely wouldn't have had these issues though. I miss that car..
But on the supercharger.. It's not the supercharger oil gasket. (That's on the side of the silver supercharger neck and it's a form in place type gunk) It's an upper intake manifold gasket I'm suggesting. When I originally did mine, I missed a small bit of old gasket on cleaning, and theb little bump allowed it to leak. The paper gasket got all saturated with coolant I believe. (It's been a few years, and another Forum member was the one who'd noticed it). There are links all over with torque values, and some step by steps. I followed a really good one when I did mine a few years back, and just a few weeks ago with a co-worker on his. I understand about the job.. But, if you have a weekend off, or 12 hours or so, you should be able to complete it. (I know you don't want to hear this..). A friend used Bars leak and it gave him about 3 weeks until it started eating coolant into the engine. Me.. I wouldn't wait for that to happen cause then you are just asking for trouble with bearings etc. 3800s are an awesome engine, but they do have this gasket issue.
Original lower gaskets are black plastic. Replacements are silver aluminum. If you can look at the sides maybe you can tell if yours were replaced, in which case, it may just be that upper (which is far easier than the lowers), or some bolts.
This one is an NA and not the one I am looking for, but its still usable for concept: http://www.pontiacbonnevill...opic.php?f=53&t=3591
This shows where they leak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP8Ge68MF9M