General Motors will soon pay millions of dollars to owners of some of its most popular cars and trucks.
It's the result of a long-running lawsuit over problems with many GM engines.
Consumer reporter John Matarese has this Call 11 for Action alert.
If anyone in your family owns a GM car or truck, you'll want to know about what could be one of the biggest automotive class action settlements ever.
It concerns the antifreeze inside millions of General Motors cars and trucks that has been blamed for expensive breakdowns.
Mary Ann Crabtree is one of many GM car owners who discovered her antifreeze had turned to sludge, which can damage gaskets, water pumps, or radiators. Crabtree says, "They told us the coolant had gummed up. We had never heard of the problem or anything."
Mechanic Al Duebber has repaired coolant-related problems on more than a hundred GM vehicles ever since the automaker switched to orange DexCool in 1995. "What happens is they fail right in the journal here. And it'll cause coolant to leak out and eventually into the internal components of the engine," Duebber says.
Owners have had to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket to fix their engines. But now, GM has agreed to a tentative settlement in one of the biggest automobile class action lawsuits ever.
The automaker has agreed to reimburse DexCool repairs up to $800 for up to 7 years or 150,000 miles. It covers many 1995-2004 Chevys, Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and GMCs. Newer GM vehicles no longer have this problem.
The best news is this could finally mean some money back to people like Mary Ann.
How do I apply for reimbursement?
Owners should soon receive a claim form in the mail. Or you can go online to apply. You will need your repair receipts.
Here is an overview of the case including what cars are eleigible. This is the lawyer's site representing owners of General Motors vehicles.
Here is the DexCool settlement web site. It includes FAQs, settlement benefits and claim options. A list of cars eligible for the settlement is also on this site.