Recall 15V201000

Engine Oil Leaks

Recall Details

Engine oil may leak from the valve cover area, which can cause a burning odor and increase risk of fire. Dealers will replace the spark plug wire retainer to redirect the dripping oil on affected vehicles, and will replace the left valve cover gasket on vehicles with the 3.8L V6 supercharged engine.

Our Quick Take

The engine may leak oil from the valve cover at the top of the engine. This could increase risk of a fire and cause a burning odor.

What Should You Do?

General Motors will notify customers of affected vehicles. You can also contact your dealership to see if your vehicle is affected. The dealership may ask for your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), so please have that on hand when you contact them. The dealership will repair the oil leaks associated with the valve cover gasket. The General Motors recall number is 14574.

Engine, April 06, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 06, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2004 Buick Regal vehicles manufactured April 9, 2003, to June 26, 2003, 2004 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 8, 2003, to June 25, 2003, and 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles manufactured April 7, 2003, to June 25, 2003. In the affected vehicles, the valve cover gasket may leak.
The leaking engine oil can drip onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold, increasing the risk of a fire.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spark plug wire retainer to redirect the dripping oil. Vehicles that have a 3.8L V6 supercharged engine will also have the left valve cover gasket replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14574.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
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