Buick Park Avenue Problems

Intake Manifold Gasket May Develop Engine Oil and/or Coolant Leak on Buick Park Avenue

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The intake manifold gasket may develop external engine oil and/or coolant leak. The intake manifold will need to be removed and the gasket replaced to correct this issue.

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Buick Park Avenue Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 129,749 (36,000–203,000)
Engines affected: 3.8L V6, 3.8L V6 Supercharged, 4.2L 6 Cylinder
15 model years affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, more1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
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Just picked up my buick yesterday 7/27/2013. 960.00. replaced intake manifold gasket and head gasket. drove sixty miles. almost maded it home. car runs mildly hot...not even 3/4 on temp gauge. turned off ac and turned on heat. gauge started to cool, then engine ran rough. pulled into gas station. car will not crank. what is causing the manifold to fail? thermostat? I read oil pump? anyone, anyone? waiting on mechanic to pick up car today and have a do over
wht smoke from exhaust will not stay running once i take foot off gas pedal oil ontop of engine by fuel injectors. antifreeze n oil oil drips on garage floor
starting loosing antifreeze in oil, overheated and white smoke started coming out of pipe. Replace upper intake gasket, problem resolved.
Intake Manifold gasket failed, developed a leak - as indicated by coolant pooling on manifold. This leak was very slow, and I had no driveability issues, but finally took care of it.
If this happens to you - have the mechanic check your oil pump as well, since the gasket material can degrade into your engine coolant and "sludge" up the pump, screens, etc. in your oil system...I am dealing with this right now.
Was loosing coolant slowly, every few days but couldn't find a leak. Took to repair shop who showed me leak in front of rear cylinder bank where the upper manifold gasket was leaking. I got All-Data repair info and fixed myself saving hundreds of dollars. Now my water pump has developed a leak due to my changing coolant from DexCool to green after flushing it well. A Firestone dealer told me the DexCool does contain better lubricating oils for the water pump and that once you go to green normal extended life coolant the pump may well leak within 9-12 months, exactly what happened.
I never had a clear sign that there was any overheating occurring, my 2003 Park Ave. Ultra just stopped at an intersection. The only indication I had was that the temp. gauge was inching up a little over halfway to "H". No light indicators, no "check engine light" on. One thing I should have noticed was the smell of antifreeze. I had been smelling it for perhaps a month, but always thought it was someone else's car. Car cut off at intersection when waiting for the light to change. Wouldn't crank except for one time to allow me to get it out of the intersection. Mechanic found coolant stains on the engine and no more coolant in the overflow tank. Machanics replaced manifold intake and thought it was fixed, but it cut off at the shop when they tested it before I came to retrieve it. Replaced the MAP (Mass Airflow sensor) and the mechanics say that it is fixed now and runs well without cutting off. The test will be in the running for the rest of the week! They also replaced the fuel filter and the temperature gauge. All at the tune of about $1,300.
had oil leaking from front valve cover onto lower engine area causing burning smell which filtered into car. fixed it by pulling valve cover off and replaced old gasket w/ new. solved problem. easy fix...few hrs.
Coolant pouring out from under car & heater stopped working due to low fluid level. Thought to be water pump but after further inspection turns out to be manifold intake gaskets.
Coolant leaking pass the water pump closer to the engine block. It looks like it's coming from a seal
When i got a tune up this year 2014,my mechanic told me about the gaskets need to be replace,haven't fixed yet because of money issues.
Has always been a small leak since we got it (88,000 miles), unfortunately it has gotten significantly worse after using synthetic several times. The car now will lose about 2/3 qt oil between 3k mile changes.
125K miles, drivability ok but cross contamination of oil into coolant
was told it might leak. was told to fix or might cost 2000.00 later. so I fix it and it cost 600.00
Intake leaking cooling fluid from system air flow unit. Need to intake
Oil leak around manifold gasket. Have had this replaced at around 30,000 miles. Then oil started showing up again around 60,000. We're just letting it ride due to cost of replacement. But it doesn't seem too bad on the oil leak.