Engine Overheating Due to Leaking Headgasket on Oldsmobile Aurora

Overheating of the engine may cause the cylinder head to expand, severely straining the head bolts and damaging the threads in the engine block. This commonly results in a blown head gasket. Our technicians tell us the engine block threads must be repaired before the cylinder head is reinstalled.

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Average mileage: 143,525 (80,000–226,000)
Engine affected: 3.5L V6
8 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
15 people reported this problem
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The car has no leaks but it still over heating put a new radar new water pump new temperature gauge and it still over heats it has to be the head gaskets
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 226,000 mi,
blow head gasket
1995 Oldsmobile Aurora 149,119 mi,
Low coolant level even when coolant has been added. Car is overheating
1997 Oldsmobile Aurora 80,000 mi,
Engine water loss. Overheating, Sold it!!
1997 Oldsmobile Aurora 111,000 mi,
Overheating and leak caused small fire in engine
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora - 3.5L V6 196,000 mi,
Both my son and I have 2001 Aurora’s, they are great cars for the money on the used car market. I have had mine since 2003 when I bought it with 43K miles on it; it now has 124K miles running strong! Mine son bought his in 2008 with 137K miles on it, this past August I had to put a transmission in when it had 189K miles on it. Now he has 196K miles and developed a coolant leak, it turns out a few of the right bank cylinder head bolts pulled the threads out of the block, this was repaired by using M11 x 1.5 x 30 mm Time Serts; to play it safe we put inserts in all eight bolt holes When I open up the top end on this motor I was very impressed with the condition. The PITA was you have to drop the entire sub frame with the motor and transmission in order to get to anything to work on it, it took me 4 ½ hours in one evening to get it on the ground