From: ctops.legal on
I am a decent mechanic but would like a checklist to prepare for the
change out tomorrow, using a Fel-Pro # HS 9957 PT-1, car has 109.000
mi. cherry condition did this procedure many times in past, have all
air tools full everything else, need to know what to look for to
determine if I want NAPA to do the heads.


2000 3.1L --> http://img24.imageshack.us/i/dscn0140i.jpg

F view http://img24.imageshack.us/i/dscn0141yt.jpg

thanks Curt


From: Vic Smith on
On Mon, 28 Dec 2009 18:08:22 -0800 (PST), "ctops.legal"
<ctops.legal(a)gmail.com> wrote:


>
>Yes the car is worth it, the thermostat went out which was replaced as
>with the waterpump, cooling sys. was flused see: http://www.clean-rite.com/,
>I just would like a step-by-step custom guild that someone has
>remembered the 3.1L engine is very common, have got a FEL-PRO # HS
>9957 PT-1, the thermostat going out caused the intake gasket to go
>because it's plactic so I'm told. I have built several other engines
>in the past but as I have learned there is always some little trick
>that's helps the job and it only comes from experence.
>
Here's a link to a procedure for the left head.
Don't ask me why it's only the left head.
http://www.2carpros.com/forum/2003-buick-century--leaking-head-gasket-vt221692.html

If you look around enough you should find a step-by-step by some fan
who did the job. Google is your friend, but you sometimes have to
wade through a lot to get where you want.
Or get the shop manual.

--Vic


From: ctops.legal on
On Dec 28, 9:27 pm, Vic Smith <thismailautodele...(a)comcast.net> wrote:
> On Mon, 28 Dec 2009 18:08:22 -0800 (PST), "ctops.legal"
>
> <ctops.le...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >Yes the car is worth it, the thermostat went out which was replaced as
> >with the waterpump, cooling sys. was flused see:http://www.clean-rite.com/,
> >I just would like a step-by-step custom guild that someone has
> >remembered the 3.1L engine is very common, have got a FEL-PRO # HS
> >9957 PT-1, the thermostat going out caused the intake gasket to go
> >because it's plactic so I'm told. I have built several other engines
> >in the past but as I have learned there is always some little trick
> >that's helps the job and it only comes from experence.
>
> Here's a link to a procedure for the left head.
> Don't ask me why it's only the left head.http://www.2carpros.com/forum/2003-buick-century--leaking-head-gasket...
>
> If you look around enough you should find a step-by-step by some fan
> who did the job.  Google is your friend, but you sometimes have to
> wade through a lot to get where you want.
> Or get the shop manual.
>
> --Vic

Yea thank's Vic I seen that I am surprised that these is not a utube
vid. on a 3.1L it's so common, I used to know plenty of guys that were
into restoration and pimpin rides I know parts and service have gone
up as far as machine shop engine work, I remember a 350 we did for 600
bucks way back then, the carb was 2 hundred of it. Down here is the SE
good deals are everywhere usually a car/truck with grass grown up
around it in some yard will lead to a good ride.


Curt
From: dsi1 on
On 12/28/2009 4:27 PM, Vic Smith wrote:
> Here's a link to a procedure for the left head.
> Don't ask me why it's only the left head.
> http://www.2carpros.com/forum/2003-buick-century--leaking-head-gasket-vt221692.html

The important part of your link is that someone mentions that the intake
manifold can leak coolant. My assumption is that the coolant circulates
through the manifold to heat it up, or cool it. One of those - i don't
really know which. All I know is that they seem prone to leaking. :-)

My father's Lumina had this problem. It was repaired once but now may
have it again. My Lumina might have had this problem, luckily, I gave it
to my son and he wrecked it - that turned out well. Other than that
serious problem, they're pretty good cars! :-)


>
> If you look around enough you should find a step-by-step by some fan
> who did the job. Google is your friend, but you sometimes have to
> wade through a lot to get where you want.
> Or get the shop manual.
>
> --Vic
>
>

From: ctops.legal on
On Dec 29, 3:41 pm, dsi1 <d...(a)spamworld.com> wrote:
> On 12/28/2009 4:27 PM, Vic Smith wrote:
>
> > Here's a link to a procedure for the left head.
> > Don't ask me why it's only the left head.
> >http://www.2carpros.com/forum/2003-buick-century--leaking-head-gasket...
>
> The important part of your link is that someone mentions that the intake
> manifold can leak coolant. My assumption is that the coolant circulates
> through the manifold to heat it up, or cool it. One of those - i don't
> really know which. All I know is that they seem prone to leaking. :-)
>
> My father's Lumina had this problem. It was repaired once but now may
> have it again. My Lumina might have had this problem, luckily, I gave it
> to my son and he wrecked it - that turned out well. Other than that
> serious problem, they're pretty good cars! :-)
>
>
>
>
>
> > If you look around enough you should find a step-by-step by some fan
> > who did the job.  Google is your friend, but you sometimes have to
> > wade through a lot to get where you want.
> > Or get the shop manual.
>
> > --Vic- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Yea so far so good there are 2 bolts behing the engine (manifold heat
sheld cover bolts) started today soaking bolts a day with 3 in 1 oil,
it looks like I'm going to have to totally take both manofolds off,
that is the worst of it.


Curt