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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:02 am 
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My concern is with the first picture that you posted, where you mentioned the "oil" that was pooling in the LIM pockets. That generally is not oil, but an indicator of coolant wicking its way up the LIM bolts from a leaking lower intake gasket, and mixing with dirt and crud that can collect there. But, as Bing said: your car, your decision.

How did you determine that it had the metal lower gasket? Can you take a picture of that?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:52 pm 
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Ok I've got the car all back to gether and all i need to do is start it....except....The missing part! I don't even know what it is other than to say it was probably one of the first parts I removed...I have a sneeking suspicion my son may have carried it away! It is the small piece on top of the front valve cover it has 2 or 3 vacume lines attached to it and an ellectrical cover, and it clips onto a bracket that is attached to the LIM...
What is it and what the heck did I do with it?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:40 pm 
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Are you referring to the item in the lower left of this picture:


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yep thats the one!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:04 pm 
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Canister purge solenoid:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Duralast-Canister-Purge-Valve-Solenoid/1999-Pontiac-Bonneville/_/N-jd6ghZ9ixxi?itemIdentifier=124311_0_4943_


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:31 pm 
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Ok call off the dogs...I found it! It was stuck between the fan and the radiator! I must have caught a lucky bounce to get back there cause it barely fit when I was pulling it back out!

Thanks again guys for all your help!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:51 pm 
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Well its all back together and seems to be running good, no over heating so I think I don't have any air in the coolant circuit, no oil leaks up top, and no coolant up there either...knock on wood...

Archon, to answer your question about the LIM gasket, I don't think I can get a picture now, but where the LIM meets the head at the end of the block nearest the thermostat, and the LIM was hanging out a few mill's and I was able to get a scribe in there and scrape on it, at one point I even got it to scrape out a sliver of what appeared to be aluminum. I also checked with the scribe between the LIM and the head above the front VC gasket. I'll see if I can get a pic for you.

Thanks again for all the help!


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