Busted Chain and Overheat
This bulletin applies to 2011-2012 Buick Regal models equipped with L61, LE5, LEA, LAF, LHU, LNF or LSJ engines. “In rare instances,” the engine may overheat or the coolant temperature my run abnormally high.
If diagnostics do not lead to a repair, inspect for a broken water pump / balance shaft chain by removing the water pump cover plate found on the engine front cover (4 bolts).
If the chain has broken, it will not be routed around the water pump gear when looking through the front cover opening, and the water pump drive gear can be turned by hand.
Inspect the water pump gear for damage and replace as needed. Replace the water pump balance shaft chain and tensioner.