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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Camaro Intake Manifold Gaskets May Leak Coolant or Engine Oil
Chevrolet Camaro Problem
Engines Affected: 3.8L V6, 5.7L V8
Average Mileage: 110,625 mi (78,000 mi - 143,250 mi)
Visitor, 1996 Chevrolet Camaro, 3.8L V6, 143,250 mi
Camaro started overheating. Checked why and noticed there was NO coolant so I filled it up and about a month later it happened again. All the coolant was gone! Finally took it in to the dealer and they said this was the problem. They checked for leaks and replaced the leaking intake manifold gaskets and rocker cover gaskets. This did fix the problem, but I would recommend shopping around first. The dealer is a total ripoff. Took it there because a friend worked there and could get discounts on the parts. Ended up paying 153.73 for parts and a whopping 914.17 for labor for a grand total of 1067.90. I now go to American Tire Depot for repairs and maintenance stuff, I can't speak for all their locations but at the one I go to (Murrieta,CA) the people are nice, actually get to know you and knock off labor and stuff.
I had a lead onto the garage floor - wasn't sure what it was exactly. Seemed like water, not oil. A few days later the heater/defroster was blowing cooler air & after shutting it off for a while, it blew warm air again, but turned cooler after 5-10 minutes again. This repeated. The car did not overheat. Temp gauge read normal at all times. The shop says the intake manifold gasket needs replacing as coolant was leaking & some was getting into the oil. The internal coolant leaked causing coolant to mix with the engine oil. He also said that operating the engine with a coolant/oil mix can result in internal engine damage. I am replacing the intake manifold gasket at a cost of $721. They will have the car 2 days.