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Gotta love used cars...

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Well since I'm the "mechanic" in my family, that means I get to wrench on the Malibu my parents just bought my 17 year old sister. It's her first car and even though it may have came a year late, it was for good reason. My parents are very protective and my sister isn't the greatest driver. Anyway, it's a 2001 with 145,000 miles and a little rough around the edges, but overall a nice, good running car.

First order of business was the temperature/thermostat situation. The temperature needle was pegged at 100*, the heater never warmed up, the idle was at 1500rpm, a fan was always on, and it was throwing a code for low temp. So I check out what's going on under the hood and see a big glob of silicone on the lower intake manifold where the thermostat housing bolts up. Great!

Pull the glob off and it's missing a big chunk of aluminum.

Guess this explains the low temperature. :eek:

The top bolt actually grabbed enough for me to tighten the housing down. I still used a little RTV just to cautious. I then globbed some JB Weld over top the exposed bolt threads. I figure it will hold for a while or until it comes time for a LIM gasket job.
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Man, as an interested follower of this saga I am sorry that you had more trouble and impressed that you are keeping at it.

Fascinating gut shot there. I guess she'll be getting her new LIM gasket sooner than you thought.

I'm wondering where you live, because that engine compartment is kinda cruddy. I just douched mine out with Simple Green because I got tired of my hands turning black every time I opened the hood.

Good luck with the car. Sis is lucky to have you on the project.
Nice! Thanks for the pictures.

My 'bu will be getting a new PS pump, serp belt, and camshaft sensor this weekend.

I'll be doing that dance where you put a jack under the engine and pop the starboard motor mount.

I'd love to see a photo of the reassembled mill.
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