1998 Buick Lesabre Engine Stopped Running

Tiny
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  • 1998 BUICK LESABRE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 81,000 MILES
While driving the engine check light came on and engine started to run poorly. No problems before now, car always ran great. The light blinked at first and now stays on. I restarted the engine a few times to see if the light went off, it didn't. I noted the temp gauge jumped to a hotter reading when I was checking the light. I checked the water and it was low. I refilled the system and started the engine again; it ran better for a few seconds and started lopping and jumping at the idler pulley and died. It wants start at all now. Want even turn over. It acts like the battery is down but I jumped it off and it still want turn over.
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Thursday, August 20th, 2009 AT 10:50 AM

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Tiny
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May have a internal engine problem. Pull plugs see if engine will turn over. If it does observe plug holes. Any fluid come out?
Let me know
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Thursday, August 20th, 2009 AT 11:13 AM
Tiny
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I pulled the plugs and I think we know where the water went. Is this a GM problem that might be covered since I read about some other problem just like this with others?

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Stephen
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 AT 11:13 PM
Tiny
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Doubt Gm will do anything for you. It is a fairly common problem but there position has been that lack of coolant maintence is cause.
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Monday, August 24th, 2009 AT 8:11 AM
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I may try to do the repairs myself if the Quote shows to be more than I need to spend right now. So any extra tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Stephen
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Monday, August 24th, 2009 AT 7:18 PM
Tiny
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Info is your friend so for $10 you can download Mitchell on demand with instruction, pics, helpful hints etc
Click on site at bottom of reply titled repair manuals.
Well be here for further help.
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Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 AT 8:20 AM
Tiny
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Guys I added a $10.00 donation last night on my own and you asked for another $10.00 if I wanted to get my quote and tips for the repair of my Buick. Do I get my results now or am I doing something wrong. You have been a great help up to now, please don't let me down. I'm not rolling with money and that is the reason I'm needing all the help I can get to repair my Buick myself if the quote is more than I can afford.

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Stephen
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Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 AT 6:03 PM
Tiny
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Did you download mitchell on demand yet?
Labor is 7.1 hrs. So if labor rate is say $90hr $639 and figure gaskets, mill heads, misc. Stuff say $250
So @$1000 would be in ballpark. Also these engines where bad about intake manifold gaskets leaking into cumbustion chamber. Do a compression test if it's goood then replace intake gaskets.
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 AT 8:30 AM
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Did you download mitchell on demand yet? No, I guess I didn't see it are didn't now what to do. Please let me know what to do and where to go to do it. Thank You very much for the quote and info.

Stephen
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 AT 9:08 PM

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