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GTKing7386
10-08-2008, 11:29 AM
Hello guys it has been a while since I was a regular member here with my 01 GaGt, but now I have a question for a friend's car. It is an 2004 GASE with the 4-cylinder engine and she states it is burning a good bit of oil. I tried searching for some answers but couldn't find anything that might lead me in the right direction.

I was told that it is common to have the valve cover gaskets go bad on those, if that is the case do we have a "how-to" on the site somewhere? If it is likely something else please let me know. I know the 3.4L had the famous LIM gasket issue but not on the 4-cylinders correct?

Thanks for the help!

Malaclypse
10-08-2008, 07:40 PM
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Service Information
2004 Pontiac Grand Am | Alero, Grand Am (VIN N) Service Manual | Engine | Bulletins By Category | Technical | Document ID: 1714137
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#05-06-01-003C: Excessive Oil Consumption, Blue Smoke on Acceleration (Inspect Intake Manifold and/or Cam Cover, Replace if Necessary) - (Oct 17, 2005)


Subject: Excessive Oil Consumption, Blue Smoke on Acceleration (Inspect Intake Manifold and/or Cam Cover, Replace if Necessary)


Models: 2004-2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, Classic, Malibu

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt

2004 Oldsmobile Alero

2004-2005 Pontiac Grand Am, Sunfire

2005 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada Only)

2004-2005 Saturn L-Series, ION, VUE

with Ecotec 2.2L 4-Cylinder Engine (VINs D, F -- RPO L61)



Attention: This bulletin covers any vehicle with the Ecotec 2.2L L61 engine built during calendar year 2004.



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This bulletin is being revised to add additional warranty information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 05-06-01-003B (Section 06 - Engine/Propulsion System).


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Condition
Some customers may comment on excessive oil consumption or blue smoke on acceleration. Excessive oil consumption, not due to leaks, is the use of 0.9L (1 qt) or more of engine oil within 3200 km (2,000 mi).

Cause
Incorrect sizing of the PCV orifice and/or misalignment of the oil baffle in the cam cover may allow higher than desired amounts of oil into the combustion chamber.

Correction
Important: If the following information in this bulletin does not resolve the concern, refer to Oil Consumption Diagnosis in the appropriate Service Information (SI) procedures.

Inspect the cam cover for heat stake marks and inspect the intake manifold for PCV orifice size. Replace either, as necessary, based on inspection. Follow the procedures below.

Camshaft Cover




Remove the camshaft cover and inspect for heat stake marks in the locations shown. Refer to Camshaft Cover Removal in the appropriate Service Information (SI) procedures.
Important: The oil fill tube must be replaced along with the camshaft cover for the following models:

• 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt

• 2005 Pontiac Pursuit

• 2005 Saturn ION


If the heat stake marks are not present, replace the camshaft cover with a new one.
If the heat stake marks are present, re-install the camshaft cover on the engine. Refer to Camshaft Cover Installation in the appropriate Service Information (SI) procedures.
Intake Manifold
Remove the intake manifold from the cylinder head. Refer to Intake Manifold Removal in the appropriate Service Information (SI) procedures.



Attempt to insert the chuck end of a 2.0 mm (5/64 in) drill bit into the PCV orifice where shown. The orifice is slightly below the surface.
If the chuck end of the drill bit can be inserted, replace the intake manifold with a new one.
If the chuck end of the drill bit cannot be inserted, re-install the intake manifold to the cylinder head. Refer to Intake Manifold Installation in the appropriate Service Information (SI) procedures.
If the information in this bulletin did not correct the excessive oil consumption condition, refer to Oil Consumption Diagnosis in the appropriate Service Information (SI) procedures.
Parts Information
Part Number
Description
Qty

24426069
Camshaft Cover
1 as Req'd

12587202
Intake Manifold
1 as Req'd

24455112
Intake Manifold Gasket
4 as Req'd

12584084
Cam Cover Gasket
1 as Req'd

24455111
Throttle Body Seal
1 as Req'd

12575851
PCV Gasket
1 as Req'd

12589431
Oil Fill Tube

(For 2005 Cobalt, Pursuit and ION Only)
1 as Req'd


Warranty Information
For vehicles repaired under warranty, use:

Labor Operation
Description
Model
Labor Time

J7504
Camshaft Cover And Intake Manifold - Inspect and/or Replace
A-Car
1.1 hrs

J-Car
1.6 hrs

N-Car
1.9 hrs

Z-Car
1.9 hrs

J0318
Cover and/or Gasket, Camshaft Housing - Replace
ION, VUE, L-Series
Saturn Use Published Labor Time

J0250
Manifold, Intake - Replace
ION, VUE

L-Series

J0251
Gasket, Intake Manifold - Replace (if manifold replacement not necessary)
ION, VUE

L-Series

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I would actually suspect the intake manifold over the valve cover but both are very valid concerns. Either or both is likely to be your fix because these Ecotecs almost never break of their own accord.

Elderas
10-09-2008, 03:31 AM
or she fried the rings somehow