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    Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    HI Guys,

    Just wanted to know if any one out there as any documentation as to when the head gasket issue on the northstar was corrected by Cadillac. What year models have the revised Northstar engine where overheating and blown head gaskets won't be a problem. I was specifically looking for a DeVille model, but want to avoid buying a Northstar engine that might overheat. Any advice or docs are greatlty appreciated.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Head gaskets can be a problem on any aluminum engine. Proper cooling system maintanence it the best provention, though not a guarantee. I sold my '97 with 107K and never had a problem. Many here have much higher milage with no problems. Once in a while lightening strikes a low milage car. Shit happens. That said, I think it was 2000 that several changes where made to the Northstar, one of which was longer head bolts and a different thread pitch to strengthen the clamping force.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Thanks Ranger

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    I have a 2000 with a 100,000 miles with no issues.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    I don't think the issue as a whole was ever 'fixed' so to speak. It's my understanding that post 2000 there were some changed made to the angle of the head bolts or thread pitch or something and some oil leak issues were addressed.

    I would say don't buy pre 2000 stay with 2000 and newer.

    Yes coolant maintenance is the best preventative maintenance.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Campaign - Cylinder Head Bolt Hole Counterbore

    Customer Satisfaction - Engine Block Cylinder Head Bolt Thread Holes-Deep Counterbore # 99086 - (Mar 19, 2002)
    Models:
    Certain 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora Model Vehicle
    Equipped with 4.0L Engine (RPO L47-VIN Code C)

    Certain 1999 Cadillac Seville, DeVille and Eldorado Model Vehicles
    Equipped with 4.6L Engine (RPO LD8-VIN Code Y or RPO L37-VIN Code 9)

    THIS CAMPAIGN BULLETIN ADDRESSES VEHICLES IN DEALER INVENTORY AND VEHICLES DELIVERED TO CUSTOMERS. VEHICLES THAT PASS THE INSPECTION PROCEDURE WILL BE RELEASED FROM THE STOP DELIVERY ISSUED SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 VIA DCS MESSAGE WIS19990023 AND WIS19990024. DEALER INVENTORY VEHICLES THAT DO NOT PASS THE INSPECTION ARE NOT TO BE DELIVERED TO CUSTOMERS BUT ARE NOT TO BE RETURNED TO GENERAL MOTORS. CUSTOMER VEHICLES THAT DO NOT PASS THE INSPECTION HAVE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS. REFER TO THE SERVICE PROCEDURE FOR DETAILS.
    Important: Cadillac customers involved in this campaign will be notified by GM beginning December 17, 1999. Oldsmobile Aurora customers involved in this campaign will be notified by GM at a later date when 4.0L engines become available.

    General Motors has decided that certain 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora model vehicles, equipped with 4.0L engine (RPO L47, VIN C) and Cadillac Seville, DeVille and Eldorado model vehicles equipped with 4.6L engine (RPO LD8, VIN 9 or RPO L37 VIN Y) may exhibit a condition in which they cylinder head bolts may become loose and cause coolant leaks and possible engine damage. This may be due to the engine block cylinder head bolt counterbore holes being machined too deeply into the engine block.

    To prevent the possibility of this condition occurring, dealers are to inspect vehicles held under the above referenced stop delivery and those delivered to customers. Depending on the findings, the engine may not require any further repairs, may require replacement or the vehicle may need to be returned to GM.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    I have a 2002 deville with the 4.6 northstar engine. Me and my friend (really good friend) have dropped the engine to do a head gasket replacment. I 've got the gaskets and new head bolts from the local chevy dealer. My Clilton book gives me no information on this engine. I am looking for the torgue pattern for headbolts.
    please Help.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    96 N* with 82,000 miles just blew a head gasket. I don't think the previous owner knew that he had to maintain the cooling system though.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMELL'S View Post
    I have a 2002 deville with the 4.6 northstar engine. Me and my friend (really good friend) have dropped the engine to do a head gasket replacment. I 've got the gaskets and new head bolts from the local chevy dealer. My Clilton book gives me no information on this engine. I am looking for the torgue pattern for headbolts.
    please Help.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Before you go any further, get a FSM from Helm Inc and use the Chiltons to soak up trans fluid from the garage floor. Are you Timeserting all 20 of the head bolt holes? If you don't, you may pull threads on reassembly if you haven't on disassembly, or they are likely to fail again in 10 - 20K.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    Before you go any further, get a FSM from Helm Inc and use the Chiltons to soak up trans fluid from the garage floor. Are you Timeserting all 20 of the head bolt holes? If you don't, you may pull threads on reassembly if you haven't on disassembly, or they are likely to fail again in 10 - 20K.

    YA and that, thanks for saving the day once again Ranger, I assummed they knew...

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Maybe they do, but there was no mention of it and I see disaster in their future, so I thought it was worth a mention.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    I just received my 2001 Deville FSM in the mail yesterday; one thing that has me worried is a somewhat rough idle and a fair amount of oil leakage - I just last week rolled over 60K miles.

    Has anyone ever purchased this kit? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NORTH...spagenameZWDVW
    I'm considering buying it if it will correct my oil leak situation and prevent a catastrophic engine failure - but of course I don't want to waste my money. Any input ?

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    That kit is about the same price as the kit from http://www.timsert.com. No experience, but personally I'd stick with the inserts and installation kit from Timesert.

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    Re: Northstar Head Gasket Issue Corrected

    Ramell, look in tech tips for the head gasket repair thread. There's a lot of info in it.

    Logikal, no one on the board has used that kit. If you use it let us know how it works.

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