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DsRsF
08-11-2005, 11:21 PM
Ok, here's my dilemma. My 1997 has been running hot with the A/C on, and likes to rise to dangerous levels when I climb hills behind slow trucks with the A/C on. It's summer, and understandable, but unacceptable.

Secondly, I'm losing coolant. Maybe 16 oz. a month, most likely less. I almost never have to add, but I should really never have to add coolant.

And me thinks these can be attributed to the LIM gasket. Anybody have any input on the subject? Would I really have cooling issues with a LIM leak? What if it's not that, then. What should I look for prior to going to a shop?

Look at the pictures. Do I have a LIM leak?
Engine
http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/7452/limleak00114wq.jpg
Where the LIM meets the block...
http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/8342/limleak00310cv.jpg
A close-up
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/7465/limleak00212ip.jpg
Take a look at the coolant on my block
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/8816/limleak00510mx.jpg

nice96gt
08-12-2005, 12:04 AM
Check your oil to make sure that no coolant is getting into it. If there is, than it's the LIM for sure. It pretty much looks like 1 of 2 things. Either the LIM or the timing chain cover gasket. I had both leak on my 3100. Looks more like the LIM.

As for your temperature. I think our gen GA's run a little warm. I have a 180 stat in, new rad, pressure cap, hoses and mine runs at about 1/3-1/2 on the highway. As soon as I hit traffic in the city the temp goes up to about 3/4 and the fan kicks in. It does seem to run warm though even with the 180 stat installed. I would make sure that you done have any air in the system.

freakydeaky
08-12-2005, 08:24 AM
Ok, here's my dilemma. My 1997 has been running hot with the A/C on, and likes to rise to dangerous levels when I climb hills behind slow trucks with the A/C on. It's summer, and understandable, but unacceptable.

Secondly, I'm losing coolant. Maybe 16 oz. a month, most likely less. I almost never have to add, but I should really never have to add coolant.

And me thinks these can be attributed to the LIM gasket. Anybody have any input on the subject? Would I really have cooling issues with a LIM leak? What if it's not that, then. What should I look for prior to going to a shop?

Look at the pictures. Do I have a LIM leak?
Engine
http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/7452/limleak00114wq.jpg
Where the LIM meets the block...
http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/8342/limleak00310cv.jpg
A close-up
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/7465/limleak00212ip.jpg
Take a look at the coolant on my block
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/8816/limleak00510mx.jpg

yep... that's the leak.... i bet you're running a little hot too, how often do you have to fill the coolant?.... get it fixed quick before it fails completely

95-GT
08-12-2005, 09:43 AM
Its the leak as they have said. Just spend a few hrs and do the work to prevent bearing failure.

DsRsF
08-12-2005, 08:11 PM
yep... that's the leak.... i bet you're running a little hot too, how often do you have to fill the coolant?.... get it fixed quick before it fails completelyI'm running rediculously hot. Very close to 220/240, and out of the "normal operating temperature" box.

LIM leaks make you run hot? How so?