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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject:  Labor hours to remove front engine cover? Reply with quote

I think I need to remove the front engine cover. Does anyone know what the shop hours are for that job? It's beyond my capabilities and I'm trying to get an estimate on repairs. I do have an appointment at a local shop but he can't look at it for a few days. Then I have to decide if it's worth it to fix or play taps.

The problem is there is a coolant leak at the rear of the engine behind the cover. The coolant is dripping down the edge of the cover between the cover and the engine block. I fear it's a head gasket or intake manifold gasket leak. Fluid drips without system being pressurized. It happened suddenly. Engine was fine one day, started leaking the next.

There is no oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil. This appears to be an external leak.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

62 views and not 1 reply..... wow.

Well here's the answer. The estimate for repair, labor alone was "approx $1000." This does not include the gasket kit or tax. Also the price did not include the possibility of a cracked cover $$.

We felt the leaking timing cover was a warning of impending doom. The mechanic told us he has never replaced this gasket in all of the 3.4L motors he has worked on. He replaced numerous LIM's, but not a timing cover gasket.

So the Impala with only 70k miles was traded in for a 2010 Honda Accord w/35k miles. You would think by now, the mpg on a 2010 car would be better than a 2002 Imp, but it's the same.

I will miss "Pebbles" as my wife named her (for the interior color). If it were not for the leak, I would have kept it for another 50k miles.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm not that experienced with the 3400 motors, the one I had never had any issues. Your original post seemed a bit unclear but I didn't ask for more info because my experience is pretty slim.. Upper manifold gaskets, lower manifold gaskets, front head gaskets, or rear head gaskets.

Frankly, I'd never have guessed timing cover over any of the gaskets posted above.

I've heard the Accords are thirsty. I've driven a 2009 and I think I was expecting too much from the performance/handling department. They're trimmed pretty nice, though.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well thanks for the reply anyway. I had the LIM done at 46k, but thought that this time it was leaking externally, so I wasn't exactly sure where it was coming from. So I had to send it to a mechanic to verify.

I put a few of the GM radiator tablets in it and took it for a ride. It slowed down the leak considerably, but didn't stop it. Hence the decision to trade it in, as we felt this wasn't going to get any better and we better trade it in before all heck broke loose.

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