GM recalling 1.4 million passenger cars over potential engine fires

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced a major recall covering nearly 1.5 million General Motors passenger cars from the late 90's and early 2000s. The recall affects various Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac models equipped with normally aspirated versions of GM's much-utilized 3800 3.8-liter V6.

Apparently, some of these engines can drop oil onto the exhaust manifold during hard braking. If that manifold has gotten hot enough and the oil dribbles below the heat shield, it can start a small fire. The flames can then engulf the plastic spark plug wire channel, potentially resulting in a full-on engine compartment fire.

The fix? Dealer service departments will be asked to remove said spark plug wire retention channel from the front of the engine bay, and then retrofit two new retainers.

Models Affected:

1997-2003 Buick Regal
2000-2003 Chevrolet Impala
1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
1998-2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix

The recall is slated to begin in May.
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sooooooo replacing the gasket didnt work? that plastic wire holder broke on my gp...:rofl:
 

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So it's cool that the oil keeps dripping everywhere, just keep all the flammable stuff away :picard:
 

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:rofl: its probably just a drip rail that re-directs it to the ground instead of on the manifold.
 

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i already had that setup due to breaking off the clips that held it to the valve cover. i just used the ones that go on the wires to the back 3.
 

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just cut the two fingers off. The asshat that did mine bent the valvecover taking the wire retainer off now its leaking worse than before.
 

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I'm glad my car doesn't have the manifolds, heat shield, or wire guides mentioned in this recall.
 

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Can I get a credit for this recall lol.
 

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That's why i don't get the whole Normally Aspirated thing because the L67's have the same manifolds, wire guides and heat shields AFAIK.
 

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I keep getting the notices to have the GTX repaired....I wounder what they would think if I rolled it into the dealership?
 

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I've carried a fire extinguisher in the car ever since I heard of this
 

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please burn my car so I can get insurance k thx
 

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This is for the NA 3800 or the L36. The first recall was for the SC 3800 or the L67.
 

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This is for the NA 3800 or the L36. The first recall was for the SC 3800 or the L67.
I just got another one in the mail today for the SC '97...probably since I havent called or taken it in yet..
 

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I hoped mine would burn for a long time and it never did. Now the thing is on liability only, so I'm sort of hoping it doesn't decide to burn now...

Lol @ GM just deciding to blame as many components as possible for the fires...
 

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just cut the two fingers off. The asshat that did mine bent the valvecover taking the wire retainer off now its leaking worse than before.
how the hell do you bend a plastic valve cover?
 

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