CMF Veteran Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Re: timing cover leak, how difficult to tackle?
Dealership or junkyard for the cover itself.
Due to the fact that it's where the "front" (passenger side of car) motor mount mounts, I'd HIGHLY recommend a replacement.
Actually, since it looks like it's easier to pull the motor to replace it than do it in the body, I'd consider pulling a K-member with motor and tranny out of an Alero or same-gen Grand Am (to get the 3400!), rebuilding it, and stuffing that into the Malibu. Or at the least, go ahead and do the head / LIM gaskets that are more prone to leakage on this motor (the 3100 V6).
335K miles on original motor and tranny (only motor work 2 x LIM replacement), Monroe SensaTrac struts front and back (new at approx. 300K miles), and Alero discs in back. LS fogs added with custom wiring. HID high beams, HIR low and halogen fogs. Raybestos Pro Grade front rotors and Bendix D747 ceramic pads on front.
Addendum: Rest in peace. Surge tank blew, motor overheated, I think she's lived a long and useful life.