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L36 Intrigue, UIM leak?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:27 am    Post subject:  L36 Intrigue, UIM leak? Reply with quote

I got to work today and smelled burning oil coming from my Intrigue... opened up the hood and found a bunch of oil pooled in the low areas highlighted in this picture from Sabrewings' LIM write up. There is a significant volume (enough to make me believe that this is where the majority of my missing quart of oil disappeared to over 500 miles).

I know the LIM gasket/UIM gaskets have never been replaced on this car, so I fear that that's what needs to be done. Thoughts? Opinions? Encouragement to push both cars off a cliff?


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PUSH THEM! PUSH THEM! ..........video tape as well. Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:11 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Could be a VC gasket too but I doubt it. Probably an UIM gasket.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Do it.


I was looking at them before the transmission in my Monte Carlo nuked what would have been a downpayment... but, one of my friend's dads is the Denver zone director, I wonder if he could get me a deal of some sort.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i would suggest crashing them head on into each other. a cliff would be far to easy and would leave you with an empty feeling when all's said and done. peace, john

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Took a closer look at this after work and it appears that the UIM gasket is leaking around most of it's perimeter and oil is pooling near the injectors and some is running down the side and making the oil pan gasket leak look worse. Hooray L36 gasket problems...

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i would suggest crashing them head on into each other. a cliff would be far to easy and would leave you with an empty feeling when all's said and done. peace, john


Good point. We will see how I feel after I replace the VC gasket on the Monte this weekend...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The Monte hatred saddens me. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Its not that bad, one step at a time. The write up you posted on the common problems thread doesn't make it look too hard. You can do it!!

Although, I would like to see the video of the head on crash, lol..... sounds like a win win either way you go.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Send them both back to hell with fire

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I don't have the Monte itself... I just hate it's parts. Laughing

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Its not that bad, one step at a time. The write up you posted on the common problems thread doesn't make it look too hard. You can do it!!


No, it's not bad. The problem is that I'm starting to spend every weekend working on one of the cars for whatever reason. It's tough to go one step at a time when you finish one thing and something else needs attention... then you fix that and something else breaks.... wash, rinse, repeat.

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The might be trying to do that themselves with the oil leaking on the engines...

Anyway, I suppose I'm experiencing that long downward spiral into w-body resentment you mentioned right after I got my transmission fixed...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:09 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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No, it's not bad. The problem is that I'm starting to spend every weekend working on one of the cars for whatever reason. It's tough to go one step at a time when you finish one thing and something else needs attention... then you fix that and something else breaks.... wash, rinse, repeat.


I know that feeling all to well, it can get worse if you let the problems stack up and it feels like its not worth it to fix or too much to fix. By doing it yourself its much cheaper then the guys that have to take it to a shop over and over again. Keep your head up..... Cool I say once its done, its done.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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The might be trying to do that themselves with the oil leaking on the engines...

Anyway, I suppose I'm experiencing that long downward spiral into w-body resentment you mentioned right after I got my transmission fixed...

Once you cross the threshold into money pit status, its hard not to.

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By doing it yourself its much cheaper then the guys that have to take it to a shop over and over again. Keep your head up..... Cool I say once its done, its done.


Trust me, if I wasn't doing most of the work myself lately the Monte would have been gone last summer (wheel hubs aren't cheap if you pay a shop to do the work). Problem is I know the work is never done on a 10 year old Chevy...

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Once you cross the threshold into money pit status, its hard not to.


Yet I'm stuck with it for the foreseeable future... (or until I win the lottery or quit grad school and get a real job).

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Once you cross the threshold into money pit status, its hard not to.


Yet I'm stuck with it for the foreseeable future... (or until I win the lottery or quit grad school and get a real job).


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thats exactly where the oil on mine was pooled up when my lower intake was about to go. When you take off the upper intake you may find oil pooled up hiding the "hidden bolts" or the two that are next to the intake runners. The valleys in my lower intake were full of oil. When I pulled the lower intake off, all of the coolant passages were buckled. I got lucky.
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