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01-16-2004, 03:54 PM
About 10 mounts ago, the original 3.1 with 120k in my wife's 95 GA GT had coolent in the the oil. At the time I was'nt sure if it was the LIM or head gasket, but the motor over heated, and it ran to much with coolent in the oil, so it was toast.
I did'nt have a garage at the time and it was in the middle of winter so I had to find a shop to fix it. I found a small local shop that advertised 3.1 engine and labor for $1000. So I dropped the car off and let him put in a new motor, he said it was from a 97 with 70k. I got the car back and he said he put new gaskets in the 97 motor, I could see orange RTV seeping out between the valve covers and lower intake manifold. The motor ran fine but made the same knock and clanks as the old motor, but it worked so I did'nt think much of it...till 10 mounts later it has coolent in the oil again. This time I took it apart, the LIM gasket just kinda fell apart in the coolent passages section, RTV every where, and I can see a lot of wear on the cam.

Is there a way to tell if he really put in a new motor, or patched together the old shot one?

01-16-2004, 11:01 PM
there MAY be serial numbers or some kind of identification to that engine. if you get that, take it to a dealership (possibly) and have them look it up if they can.

since the engines are identical, you probably wont be able to tell a difference... hopefully theres some kind of number/id some where..... good luck though!!