The intake manifold gasket may develop and external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, an internal coolant leak may occur causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. Our technicians tell us that operating the engine with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. Replacing the intake manifold gasket should correct these leaks.
Intake Manifold Gasket May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil on Pontiac Grand Prix
Average mileage: 133,415 (10,000–310,000)
Engines affected: 3.1L V6, 3.4L V6, 3.8L V6
111 people reported this problem
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This has been an awesome car with regular maintenance and normal wear/tear replacement parts but after replacing the AC condenser, it will run hot (210 degrees) and the TEMP light will come on. Fans both run, radiator is full. Runs fine in the cooler months and in the hot months (100+ this year)without the AC on. Noticed some oil residue around the opening of the radiator but no water in the oil, no white exhaust. Otherwise still squalls the tires and hugs the corners great. Any suggestions?
Well, when i started my car i saw nothing but white smoke billowing from the tail pipe. Now car the rides extremely rough, i had it towed to a shop and they told me that i needed another engine, but after reading about how common this problem is i think i need a second opinion.
2003 Pontiac Grand Prix99,500Visitor
Oil found mixed into coolant resivour
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.8L V6Visitor
My car has had a head gasket change, plenum cover 2, intake 2 and exhaust gaskets changed. Yet I am still pouring white smoke and smelling like coolant. I am getting really frustrated. What is wrong with these cars!!!!!!
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix120,231Visitor
The coolant is leaking in to the engine,the intake manifold gasket is being replaced to correct.
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.1L V680,000Visitor
very common problem with these vehicles. GM had a class action suit against them and i was not informed of the suit until it was too late. i should have been reimbursed for the cost of replacing the manifold gaskets but was never notified.
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.1L V6120,000Visitor
Leak from intake under the thermostat housing
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.8L V6141,000Visitor
my son checked the oil and it was very low.we checked for leaks everywere.but none to be found.and it dont smoke. noticed milky color in oil cap and radiator cap.most likley head gasket.also has a small skip but thats most likly the water in the oil.also head lights want work on dim.But over all great car that will fly. r ROLL TIDE
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.8L V695,000Visitor
Ruined my cat, had both img's replaced. Common issue with this car.
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.4L V683,000Visitor
The one plactic elbow going into the manifold from the water pump is leaking 0
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.1L V610,000Visitor
Had this problem from the get go. Took it into the dealer for a ticking noise under the hood... they sent me out of the shop making me look like a damn fool that the noise is normal & anything worse is in my head (cuz I'm a girl?) Smoke coming out of tailpipe... no matter where I took it they made it sound like a big job to do & they can do it when they are less busy which they rarely are. So my dad (a smart guy but an asshole) said it is a simple & quick repair that he'll do when I change the oil next time... well that is not going to happen, I rather pay someone to fix it than to have him do it. Now I will go to the shop & tell them what to change & will update this post accordingly
1996 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.4L V6200,000Visitor
car miss-fires up until you get it above 2000 rpm but doesnt miss fire if its been on for awhile replaced the head gaskets intake gaskets all of them it fixxed the problem right up
1998 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.8L V695,000Visitor
engine light on. Engine overheated on highway. Had to replace upper and lower intake manifold gasket becuase it was leaking. Was quoted just to change the lower for $900. Went ahead and did upper as well and got another quote getting both done at same time for $575. Get multiple bids!!
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.8L V6Visitor
Labor Upper Plenum Gasket leak $78.99 Labor 2.5 = $162.50 Lower Intake Gasket leak $ 99.19 Labor 4.6 = $ 299.00 Plus Oil & Filter and Antifreeze 78.99 162.50 99.19 299.00 oil, filter, & antifreeze sales Tax
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.4L V6190,000Visitor
Didn't get it fixed yet thought there would be a additive to use until I can get the money for the repair
2005 Pontiac Grand Prix145,554Visitor
its a 3.8 V6
2005 Pontiac Grand Prix180,000Visitor
My engine is a 3.8l.....just noticed this yellow foamy stuff where you put the oil in, it wasn't there a couple weeks ago and o just learned last week about the manifold leak recall, but was told they don't have all the parts in yet that are needed to fix it.
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.4L V6Visitor
Car destroyed by fire
2008 Pontiac Grand Prix- 3.8L V6145,000Visitor
Radiator leak possibly intake manifold?
2000 Pontiac Grand PrixVisitor
3.8 L V6, I hope GM's latest recall will replace my gaskets for me. Leaking oil pretty bad, I assume it's mostly external. Car is a trooper though, just keeps working even when I don't give it much TLC. I basically only change the oil and let everything else go.
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