The engine block can crack behind the exhaust manifold and cause an oil leak. Depending upon the severity of the crack it can be sealed to stop the leak.
Average mileage: 203,206 (120,000–310,000)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.3L 4 Cylinder
15 people reported this problem
Bought this car without asking any questions about it. Was running thru a qt our more of oil every 2 days, had the valve cover gasket replaced hoping thats where it was leaking from. Mechanic guy said it didn't fix the problem, that oil was just spraying out(of where idk). Starts and runs fine just like before. No oil light on just engine light. Didn't seem any worse than ever. couple three or so days pass and Its smelling a little like its low on oil, so I add 1 qt. and another couple days later, as before. Dipstick has never given me a true measurement. There's rarely oil on the dipstick @ all, if there is it just runs up along one side and never between full and fill marks. Only drive it short distances(5 min) @a time. Was going on 3 or 4 days w/out adding oil cuz I just couldn't afford anymore, and from under the Hood comes write smoke in pretty good billows. Parked it till I could afford a qt, added it, drove to parts store to buy 5qt jug and every time I stopped it smoked still, drove back home, popped Hood and there's flames under three manifold cover. There's oil dropping off the top of the head, squishes out the spark plug wire holes, and the valve cover gasket complete covered in oil. After I dried it off when I added a qt. Decided to check oil level after it parked for a couple days and the dipstick is completely covered and dropping oil from it now. My coolant reservoir does have a black substance in it. Help IDK WHAT TO CHECK FIRST...over - filled with oil or cracked head gasket our porous block out all of tre above. 200000± mi
There is a port above the oil filter location that was causing the leak - it first appeared to be a cracked block but was not the problem - my mechanic figured it out. He had to take several parts off to get to the port which was an easy fix just really hard to get to. Resealed the port and have not had any leaks since.
Sometimes the vehicle runs perfect. 50% of the time the Car hesitates, threatens to stall out at an idle, sometimes will not accelerate, makes popping sounds like small backfires when the tack hits near 3 while car is hesitating. Speedometer and odometer stopped working same time d4 light on instrument panel started flashing. Panel lights work intermittently. Was told I have a cracked engine block, bad speed sensor, and clogged air tube thingy which is supposedly only as wide as an ink pen.