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Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 60
Posted By MikeNW
Re: New clutch finally installed

Replacing a clutch was the problem I had, which caused me to join this remarkable forum 11 years ago.

I installed a non-Luk clutch then, and it wouldn't work. Removed and checked everything,...
Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 179
Posted By MikeNW
Re: valve cover vents

The "jar" is a canning jar (jelly jar), suitable for high temps, I've had it there for about 5 years now with no problems.

The hose and jar circuit is air-tight, so no loss of vacuum.

It...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-06-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 217
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Water pump

Yes a long flat tool across 2 bolts while you break the third. Ditto for Gear Wrenches too.

For the crank pulley, I used my HF impact wrench. And sat there holding the trigger for about a minute...
Forum: S-Series General 09-06-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 179
Posted By MikeNW
valve cover vents

(1997 SL)

Why are there two vent hoses from the valve cover?
1 into the air intake
1 is the PCV into the manifold.

They come from the same place?

So, can I put them into a T, into my catch...
Forum: S-Series General 08-31-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By MikeNW
S series spotted!

In a college physics book I have. Copyright 2001.

Apparently, the author thinks S series are good cars to push too :D
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-30-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 248
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Serpentine Pulley Questions

I found the pulley bearings, at NAPA. Cheap. Pressed it into the pulley with a big C clamp.
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Posted By MikeNW
Re: TB crud in SOHC cars

I was unclear in the OP. I meant the inside of the TB.

So a catch jar + hoses (which I have) should be on the PCV circuit? Not the other breather hose.
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Posted By MikeNW
TB crud in SOHC cars

What is the source of most of the crud on the throttle body.

Is it that vent hose from the valve cover-to-air snorkel.
Or from the PCV hose.
Forum: S-Series General 08-24-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By MikeNW
oil in coolant fixed, but...

1997 SL

I check the coolant bottle every day. I still get a thin film of oil in it, which I suck out and replace with new coolant (maybe a spoonful or 2). But it's not that ugly green milkshake!...
Forum: S-Series General 08-24-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 87
Posted By MikeNW
my piston "soak"

1997 SL
197,000 miles

It burns little oil, if any, probably because I used synthetic for most of its 22 years.

Anyway, While doing the head gasket repair, with the head OFF, I turned the...
Forum: S-Series General 08-19-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By MikeNW
Re: A/C prob

After consideration, I'm buying a suction hose and receiver/dryer online, and taking the whole mess to the local trustworthy and knowledgeable mechanic :yes:
Forum: S-Series General 08-14-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By MikeNW
Re: A/C prob

The hose is attached to a metal pipe that goes into the "block", which bolts to back of the compressor.

The pipe sort of wiggles in its block. Probably not a good thing.

I'm assuming that's...
Forum: S-Series General 08-13-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By MikeNW
A/C prob

1997 SL
197,000 miles

A/C won't kick on (again).

Charged it in May this year. Worked for a while. Then I did the 2nd head gasket fix this year. I might have bumped the pipe- I checked all...
Forum: S-Series General 08-13-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Those small coolant hoses

Oh, I found the hoses on RockAuto. Under heater section. Not cooling.
Forum: S-Series General 08-13-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Those small coolant hoses

Yes I took out the aluminum pipe. See my photo.
This is possible only if you removed the "front" motor mount and its firewall bracket :( which I did as part of the recent head gasket repair.
...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 08-10-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By MikeNW
Re: recycle coolant- how?

OK I will check with our fair city first. Thanks
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 08-09-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By MikeNW
recycle coolant- how?

After my head gasket catastrophes, I have containers of coolant contaminated with oil.

I take used oil to Walmart.

What do you do with old coolant? Worse yet, oil + coolant mix?
Forum: S-Series General 08-09-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By MikeNW
Those small coolant hoses

1997 SL

As part of the head gasket repair, I also installed new timing set, water pump, and hoses.

After 22 years, I installed those 4 small hoses too. I had some trouble finding them. ...
Forum: S-Series General 08-09-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 405
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Head gasket- Aha moment :)

It's finally running again! It was parked for 94 days in 2019 :rolleyes:

Once I checked the torque wrench, I could feel the head bolts clamping.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 08-03-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,512
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Wrecked Saturn Rarities

These photos break my heart. It's probably a good thing that we own a suburban lot and not a 10-acre spread somewhere.

Else I would adopt them all.
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-03-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 420
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Help! Timing Chain Cover

I just installed the cover for my SOHC.
Even when you use an old crank gear, it's still a challenge.

Finally I had to:
drop the cover in from the top
install the old gear in the front
put a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-02-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 100
Posted By MikeNW
Verify my timing gear orientation please

1997 SL (SOHC)

Head is ON.
Rocker arms are OFF.

Is this TDC for #1 piston? I can see the piston through the spark plug hole.

Then you put 75 ft. lb. on the cam bolt.

Then you install...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-02-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By MikeNW
Re: SOHC cam removal

Yessir, learned the baggie and tag method from Poor Richard's Rabbit Book about 40 years ago. :yes:

I didn't have the front cover on yet, just the bare head installed. I popped out the rear plug...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-02-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 338
Posted By MikeNW
Re: how to repair section of flooring under car

I repaired many salt-belt rust heaps with galvanized sheet metal, pop rivets, and roofing cement. In Ohio though, we didn't have inspections.
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-31-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By MikeNW
Re: SOHC cam removal

Crap. Just realized I installed cyl. head without cam. Sure hoping for the best here :rolleyes: I would even take out the engine before removing the cyl head again!
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