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Engine Oil Leaking problems of the 2001 Buick Lesabre



Four problems related to engine oil leaking have been reported for the 2001 Buick Lesabre.

car   Engine Oil Leaking problem 1
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

There was an oil smell while my car was running and the passenger side of the defrost stopped working. I took the vehicle into my mechanic. My mechanic told me that there was a lot of oil leaking onto the engine and it was not safe to drive it until this leak was fixed. I left the car at his shop while the parts were ordered. I learned of the gm recall of the 3800 series engine (oil seeping through valve cover gaskets and causing engine fires) and asked my mechanic if this was the same oil leaking problem and why wasn¿t the model, the 2001 Buick Lesabre, put on the recall list because it has the 3800 series engine in it. He did not know, so I called gm and ask why this model wasn¿t listed in the recall. The gm support staff searched my VIN number and said that this model is not covered under the recall. I decided to continue with the repair of the oil leak, and my mechanic ordered new valve cover and gasket parts. My mechanic informed me that the parts were on back order due to the recall and there would be a waiting period. After a few weeks my mechanic called and said that the parts were in and that he would start the work the next day. The following day I received a call from my mechanic that as they started the car to move it from parking lot into the work bay there was a loud pop and smoke came out from under the hood. They lifted the hood, the engine was on fire so they extinguished the fire with fire suppression immediately and notified me. I called the gm support staff back to let them know that my original complaint of an oil leak had progressed to an engine fire while waiting for the parts to arrive and the repair to begin. The car had been parked for several weeks, stationary in the parking lot prior to starting it before the pop-sound and fire.

car   Engine Oil Leaking problem 2
Failure Date: 05/13/2013

Rear window regulator have malfunctioned for 3rd time in both rear windows. Oil leaking from valve/heads causing smoke under hood. Door controls shorted out,and electrical problems causing doors to lock and unlock without cause and switching from driver1 to driver2 and back while driving.

car   Engine Oil Leaking problem 3
Failure Date: 04/14/2009

Engine: oil leaking somewhere, as smell the hot oil and sometimes smoke comes out from under hood. Local service determined main leak was oil pressure sending unit and additional leak from valve covers. Repair cost for just oil sending unit: $167. The cost estimate for valve covers: ~$300. Decided to forgo that for now.

car   Engine Oil Leaking problem 4
Failure Date: 01/19/2009

Oil leak on 2001 Buick Lesabre. Not only was leaking from sending unit, but from valve covers. Obviously is leaking on engine, as I smell hot oil and at times see smoke coming from under the front hood. A recall: ea07008 NHTSA action number: ea07008 has been issued for various gm models including Buick regal, all with the 3. 8 engine, however the Lesabre is not listed. This aforementioned recall indicated that this could cause a fire in the engine compartment, so considered a safety issue.