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Old 08-09-2021, 05:00 AM   #1
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Default 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

Hello,

I believe my girlfriend's 2010 Vue with the 3.6 V6 has a blown head gasket. The engine is difficult to start (cranking is slow and unsteady), and when it does start, it runs very rough and tons of white smoke coming out of the exhaust.

I am just looking for some documentation for procedures to replace the head gaskets on this motor if anyone can provide something? I have rebuilt engines before, but I am out of my comfort zone with GM cars.

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Old 08-09-2021, 09:05 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

Well, this will give you chance to replace timing chains and guides. Which is common issue on 3.6 motor. Standard procedure is drop motor to replace chains. Add headgaskets? Oof. Lousy job.
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Old 08-10-2021, 03:02 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

The motor needs to be pulled to do the headgaskets? There's not enough room to remove the front cover while it's in the car?
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Old 08-10-2021, 09:32 AM   #4
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Default Re: 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

Very hard to remove timing cover in car since gap between motor and frame rail is tiny. It can be done. Get some quotes from a shop. That will tell you how much labor/hours is. You are not just doing a timing chain job. You get to pull heads next. It is a big job. It’s easy on a pushrod motor. Dohc is a nice design for power. But lousy for repair.
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Old 08-11-2021, 04:04 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

I have a detailed guide pulled from my Chilton account for your vehicle! It details removal and installation of the cylinder heads and gasket, which will be helpful, hopefully.

Here's the link to the PDF hosted on my website; you can open the file or download it:

https://getstartedauto.com/public-fi...saturn-vue-pdf

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Old 08-12-2021, 11:31 AM   #6
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I think your link is a 4cyl motor.
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Old 08-13-2021, 06:33 PM   #7
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I think your link is a 4cyl motor.
Yeah, it's the only detailed info provided in the digital Chilton manual for the 2010 Vue. I provided it more less as a guide to show the general process, what's involved, and the tools required.
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Default Re: 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

Providing details on how to replace a head gasket on a 4 cylinder engine when OP has a V6 is about as useful as showing a Tesla owner how to change spark plugs.
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Providing details on how to replace a head gasket on a 4 cylinder engine when OP has a V6 is about as useful as showing a Tesla owner how to change spark plugs.
Is that right? So I'm being flamed for providing details showing a person the general process involved with removing and replacing a head gasket, as well as the tools that can be expected?

I DID say in my initial post that I HOPE it can be helpful. For you to respond trashing my assistance without offering anything better is laughable. The OP has the discretion to view what I posted, or not.

And no, it's not comparable to showing a Tesla owner how to change spark plugs, because a Tesla doesn't have spark plugs. Use a better analogy in the future if you want to demean someone's well intentions.

Chilton manuals are notorious for providing general info that is not particular to a person's vehicle make/model/year. There is ZERO information detailing the process for a V6. It doesn't even request engine type when choosing the vehicle info.

Still, I just provided what's in the manual hoping it may be of benefit. I'm done with this pointless conversation going forward.
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Default Re: 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

Just posted a one sentence comment not specifically addressed to you but to the post itself. OP says he has rebuilt engines before so the process of head gasket replacement isn't new to him. He wanted information on doing the job on the V6, as in
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I am just looking for some documentation for procedures to replace the head gaskets on this motor
not the 4 cylinder you mention. The 4 cylinder job is probably an in frame job while the V6 requires removing the engine. A completely different thing.

And my comment that it was comparable to showing a Tesla owner how to change spark plugs was a joke because, yes, electric cars don't have spark plugs. Sorry, I assumed people would get that.
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Default Re: 2010 Vue 3.6 V6 Head Gasket Job

The 3.6 has a very detailed timing chain install procedure. On an engine stand with full access it is hard. In the engine bay? Even more challenging. You will hate removing the rear exh manifold on the v6 also.
You should replace the chains at least. Guides? Timing sprockets? Oof.
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