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CHEVY COOLANT LEAK

2000 Chevrolet Venture

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2000 Chevy Venture 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 132000 miles

My coolant needs to be refilled on a daily basis. I see a wet stream on the underside of the hood. I haven't seen it leak myself. A mechanic had a look at it and told me the the intake gasket was leaking. To repair it the cost would be about $700.00.

Does this sound right? Is it possible that it could be a less expensive solution?

What are the possible results if I don't get it fixed and simply refill the coolant as needed?

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Rbrown123
January 4, 2008.




I have the same problem with my van also. I called the dealer and they said the same thing, and quoted a similar price.

Mine has the coolant leaking into the oil, so if it continues, it can / will damage the internal parts of the motor.

The $700 repair is a lot cheaper than a new motor!

Nelson

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Nnorris1983
Jan 7, 2008.
If it is getting on the underside of the hood then fill it up with coolant and crank it up and watch for a leak. If its getting on the hood then you ought to be able to see it. Not typical of an intake leak. Water in the oil flutuating temp gauge. Hot exhaust, and mayonaise looking stuff under the oil cap are. But I bet you have a hose or something leaking. You have to watch for the mechanics on these motors as they will holler intake or head gaskets cause they know the job is going to carry them good for the week.
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Rockwood84
Jan 21, 2008.
Well I too had a similar problem with my minivan unfortunately if its not a hose leak then most likely you will have a gasket leak it is a typical problem with these cars I paid 1000 to get mine fixed a couple of years ago.There is a lawsuit going on with dexcool and General motors here is some info on it if you do have to repair it.I'm currently registered with these people on this lawsuit you can contact them at the number below.Hope this helps

We are pleased to inform you that we have reached a tentative nationwide settlement with General Motors.

You will have the option to be included in the settlement if you incurred out-of-pocket expenses for any of the following repairs:

1. A replacement of the nylon/silicone lower intake manifold gasket, made within 7 years or 150,000 miles of the date of initial delivery for 1995-2003.5 Model Year vehicles with 3.1-liter V6 and 3.4-liter V6 engines, where the vehicle was originally equipped with Dex-Cool coolant.

2. A coolant sealability repair (including, but not limited to, throttle body gasket, upper intake manifold gasket, lower intake manifold gasket, etc.), made within 7 years or 150,000 miles of the date of initial delivery for 1995 - 2004 model year 3.8-liter V6 engines (RPO L36), where the vehicle was originally equipped with Dex-Cool coolant.

3. A Dex-Cool sludge repair, made within 7 years or 150,000 miles for 1995 - 2000 model year S/T light trucks and sport utility vehicles with 4.3-liter V6 engines and originally equipped with Dex-Cool coolant.

The settlement will require you to provide proof that you owned or leased the vehicle at the time of the repair and that you paid for one of the repairs described above. If you do not have a receipt, ask the auto repair shop that did the work to provide you with one.

The terms of the proposed settlement are confidential while we work to finalize the settlement papers for court approval. If the court preliminarily approves the settlement, the parties will publish, mail, and email a notice that describes the terms of the settlement and your legal rights. We hope to obtain court approval and get the notice out by February. At that time, we will be able to answer inquiries regarding the specifics of the settlement and how to file a claim. In the meantime, you should retain all receipts you have for repairs to your vehicle's cooling system. Also, if your mailing address, or your email address changes, please notify us by email.

Girard Gibbs llp
601 California Street, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 981-4800
Fax: (415) 981-4846
http://www.girardgibbs.com

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Sirmisael
Jan 24, 2008.
The first time I saw the plastic intake gaskets I thought who in their right mind would put this type of gaskets in a motor. My van has had intake/head gaskets put in in '05 and ended up putting set of intake gaskets in in '07. I'm glad that g.M. Is finally having to deal with the cheap gaskets. But as I understand g.M. Is putting it off on dexcool. I still believe that the cheap gaskets were the main fault.

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Rockwood84
Jan 25, 2008.

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