Engine Performance problem
1993 Buick Lesabre 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 120000 miles
Not sure on cyl or front wheel drive (took a guess).
Here's my problem: Just replace the transmission two (2) weeks ago. Started having perfromance issues again-I was checking the fluid levels in car when I noticed a muddy like appearance to coolant in reservior. Car is NOT overheating, NO white smoke coming from tailpipe, HAVE heat, oil on dip stick looks black and No odor, coolant in reservior is full and IS overflowing and we did NOT add fluid over the level line. Coolant appears to have an oily feeling and DOES smell different (paint, gas - or a solvent odor?). No milky like substance found on radiator or oil caps. Radiator also has same color coolant. Does NOT seem real thick, but might be a little thicker then antifreeze (maybe not - hard to tell). I am tossed up if it is a head gasket issue or maybe thermostat (or something else). I do not seem to have the typical bad head gasket symptoms. I have no experience in car repairs and as I sit here typing, my car waits at the shop for an evalaution. I just put $2300 in for a new transmission, rt front axle and CV boot, now this. Car is in great shape and I usually don't have maintenance issues. Car also doesn't want to accelerate at times when you gas it - I might have to take it back to the trans shop after this other problem is fixed. I just add more trans fluid again which seems to fix the hesitation. I am wondering if it is something the trans shop did to my car? Cannot by a new or used car at this time. Any suggestions or comments? Hopefully it will not be an expension repair. Single Mom with three kids and a good working, relaible car is a MUST! Let me know what you think. Thanks!
Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 1:28 PM