General Motors is recalling certain model year 2004 Buick Regal and certain 2004 Chevrolet Impala and Malibu vehicles over a potential valve cover gasket leak.
The problem: in affected vehicles, the valve cover gasket may leak. The leaking engine oil can drip onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold, increasing the risk of a fire.
|MANUFACTURER||MAKE||MODEL||MODEL YEARS||PRODUCTION RANGE|
|GENERAL MOTORS||BUICK||REGAL||2004||APRIL 9, 2003 – JUNE 26, 2003|
|GENERAL MOTORS||CHEVROLET||IMPALA||2004||APRIL 8, 2003 – JUNE 25, 2003|
|GENERAL MOTORS||CHEVROLET||MONTE CARLO||2004||APRIL 7, 2003 – JUNE 25, 2003|
Number of vehicles affected: 1,207.
The fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the spark plug wire retainer to redirect the dripping oil. Vehicles equipped with the 3.8L V6 supercharged engine will also have the left valve cover gasket replaced. The repairs will be done free of charge.
Owners should: GM has not yet provided a notification schedule at the time of recall publication, but owners can use the following contacts to request information.
- Buick customer service: 1-800-521-7300
- Chevrolet customer service: 1-800-222-1020
- GM’s number for this recall is 14574
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline: 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153)
- NHTSA number for this recall is 15V201000