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    Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    Hello all, I’m Harry and I’m mad. I’m not really mad, maybe more like slightly irritated! Lol I have a 2001 Seville STS that I bought a few years ago at 48,000 miles. I bought the car as a present to myself while doing pretty well as a mortgage loan originator. I could have paid a few dollars more and bought a newer model STS but the color, styling, and mileage of the 2001 took my heart away. At the time, I really didn’t appreciate the styling of the late model Sevilles/STS’s. As everyone knows, the mortgage “bubble” burst a few years ago and I was out of a basically job looking and studying for a new career, and the car and a few other prized possessions is all I have after “the smoke cleared”! Lol

    Today (the fourth of July), my BUSY mechanic informed me that its not a faulty “intake rubber plenum” that has my check engine light reminding me something’s awry; the head gaskets are blown!

    Especially at 111,000 miles I love the car. I was reading a post by a member called NAFTA (senior member) of “cadillacforum” (no “s” on forum) in February of 2008 that stated he had a Chicagoland area mechanic that did the job for about $1200. I’m looking to speak with NAFTA or anyone, especially a Cadillac mechanic, who could do the job or economically install a new motor. I don’t have much money for either at the moment, but will do what it takes to fix this car.

    I’m looking to find a Cadillac knowledgeable or certified mechanic who could possibly fix and rethread the head gaskets or install engine. I would like to receive their contact information and a general price for each service.

    ***I would also like any pricing/information on used or restored Northstar engines with the head gasket issue revolved.

    If I bought an “extended warranty” would the head gaskets be covered since they’re so notorious? Does anyone have familiarity with extended warranties & head gaskets? Are any warranty companies truly reliable?

    ********To Cadillac mechanics, I can get you more "work", familiar with car clubs and associations.

    Help!!!!! Lol Enjoy the Holiday, Happy 4th of July! Celebrate your Independence!!!

    All leads/help deserve treasure!


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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    Sorry to hear of your problem with your Seville. I am sure others hear will tell you to run the appropriate test on your car before surrendering to the head gasket troll. I am sure you will be given some good advice as to how to proceed in getting your car fixed. Meanwhile, welcome to the Forums, Harry!

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    Go to the Eldorado/Seville forum, and read through the "sticky" thread on how to pull codes. Start a new thread, describe your problem/s, and list your codes and definitions.

    The ONLY way an HG issues can trigger the CEL, is if the problem is causing a misfire. If a check engine light is your only symptom (no coolant loss/overheating/rough running at cold start), don't worry about your head gaskets.

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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    Greetings Harry. Sorry to hear your baby isn't feeling well.

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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    Go online and Google "midwest cadillac repair". Run by a guy named Joe Blau in Palatine, IL. Good shop, good work. Several CF members have had their cars truck shipped to him.

    If you do a top overhaul on a 2001 engine it will last forever.

    It may not be head gaskets - do the suggested code pulls and diagnostics first - the SES is the suspect in this case - something emssions-related is setting that.
    Last edited by Submariner409; 07-05-13 at 11:15 AM.

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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    Quote Originally Posted by MadHarry View Post
    Especially at 111,000 miles I love the car. I was reading a post by a member called NAFTA (senior member) of “cadillacforum” (no “s” on forum) in February of 2008 that stated he had a Chicagoland area mechanic that did the job for about $1200.
    $1200 might have been true in '08, but you're not likely to find that now. I think Joe is around $2000 for the job. Keep in mind that swapping motors could be simply swapping one problem for another. Talk to Joe. 847-776-1234

    P.S.
    How did you determine that you have a HG problem? What are the symptoms.

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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    all good info posted already

    first, determine what is causing the CEL (HGs are almost certainly not causing the CEL)

    then do a block test to determine if your HGs are bad
    if you are not overheating and/or losing coolant internally (no external coolant leaks) then don't worry about HGs

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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    Coolant inside the cylinders can cause misfire, and that results in P0300 code and CEL. Don't ask how I know that....

    But again, make sure that you actually have bad HG. Pull codes, and post them. Also any other sign of bad HG?

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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    Quote Originally Posted by MadHarry View Post
    Today (the fourth of July), my BUSY mechanic informed me that its not a faulty “intake rubber plenum” that has my check engine light reminding me something’s awry; the head gaskets are blown!
    Is there more to this story or just the check engine light?
    Were you even overheating and/or losing coolant?
    If not, RUN!!!

    If I bought an “extended warranty” would the head gaskets be covered since they’re so notorious? Does anyone have familiarity with extended warranties & head gaskets? Are any warranty companies truly reliable?
    If you buy a warranty on a car that you already own, there may be a 60 or 90 day waiting period.


    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    The ONLY way an HG issues can trigger the CEL, is if the problem is causing a misfire.
    Or a P1258 but he would have definitely noticed the event that led to that.
    Last edited by Aztec ETC ECS; 07-05-13 at 07:07 PM.

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    Re: Hey Guys! The "head gaskets" brought me here!

    I just bought a 99 Eldorado ETC and the dealer put a 100,000 mile/5year warranty on it, but I had to pay an extra $200+ to include head gaskets and something else which I don't remember. I asked him when he was going over the warranty if there was anything I could pay extra to upgrade the warranty to cover other important things. It is then that he mentioned the added head gasket warranty coverage. I am glad I asked for $200 doesn't seem like so much considering the odds of a potential HG problem on these cars. The warranty covers up to $3000 towards the engine and $2000 towards the transmission.

    As someone else said though, there is a 90 day/1000 mile waiting period before it goes enforce.


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