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Forum: S-Series General 05-21-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 218
Posted By MikeNW
Re: "oiling" the subframe to prevent rust?

I escaped the Salt Belt about 34 years ago. BUT if I lived there again, I would certainly oil every crack and cranny before each winter. To the extent of using a sprayer and wand to shoot rocker...
Forum: S-Series General 05-21-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 402
Posted By MikeNW
Re: What tires are everyone using?

(from a motorcycle forum- "black, round, and hold air") :)

I bought Michelins about 9 years ago. What a difference! BUT I don't drive enough any longer, to wear out the tires, before they...
Forum: S-Series General 05-11-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Piston soak revisited: Methods and observations

Thank you for posting your experiment.

I recently did a head gasket R&R. While the head was off, I cleaned the piston crowns. That stuff was baked on!

I used (gently) various scrapers, a...
Forum: S-Series General 05-10-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 288
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Mice

Not sure if "chicken wire" is correct description, it was wire screen with openings about 1/4 inch. I sort of wrapped it around the air snorkel opening.
Forum: S-Series General 05-10-2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 288
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Mice

They loved my mom's 93 Ciera. Finally I put a fine chicken wire cover on the air intake. Same for my Saturn. In her Olds, they chewed through the injector wiring. I was told that they like the...
Forum: S-Series General 05-10-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 328
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Head fixed, new disaster

All right. Possible success :)

Installed new Mahle seal. All seems well. I was REALLY careful to insert the crank pulley in straight and gentle. It is odd that you install it flush with the...
Forum: S-Series General 05-07-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Good control arm brand

I bought some from RA, that have grease fittings, OK but the alignment was slightly off (I corrected in my garage later).
Forum: S-Series General 05-07-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 117
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Hazard fuse keeps blowing

A short somewhere, I had one in the starting circuit, a wiring loom that passes over the clutch pedal had a chafed wire. Look for wiring looms that are rubbing against something else.

Second...
Forum: S-Series General 05-04-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 328
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Head fixed, new disaster

OK, I've been putting this off, I need a really good day. :(

Another Q: I didn't R&R the oil pump, but I understand that there's a PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE in there somewhere.
I'm hoping that any...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-04-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 569
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Tire Time coming- DIY?

My Suzuki 2-wheels speedometer is 10% fast! Which is common for Japanese 2-wheels.
GPS is a godsend. Better than mental math all day long :)
Forum: S-Series General 05-01-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 436
Posted By MikeNW
Re: AC Condenser fix (bent fins)

HF to the rescue once again!
Would a zip tie of appropriate width, poked through the gaps, work also? Just an idea. Zip tie has a tapered end.
Forum: S-Series General 05-01-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 190
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Saturn repIrs

Wow I'm jealous. If you can spend about 30% of its purchase price :rolleyes: the Haynes book worked well for me. And has wiring diagrams.
Forum: S-Series General 05-01-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 328
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Head fixed, new disaster

OK I bought seal as you recommended. /\

No oil coming from valve cover gasket, it was on front of engine. I checked VC gasket with mirror. It's the good bright blue one.

I will have local...
Forum: S-Series General 04-25-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 328
Posted By MikeNW
Head fixed, new disaster

1997SL 196,000 miles

Just fixed blown head gasket. New water pump, valve job, timing set, front seal, hoses, etc.

After driving it about 150 miles in 2 wks., I pulled into driveway, it had...
Forum: S-Series General 04-22-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Blown head gasket FIXED

Aha- found pic of old gasket.
Forum: S-Series General 04-19-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 244
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Need a down pipe bracket

I used 2 SS wide hose clamps, still holding after 2+ years, but that /\ looks a little sturdier.
Forum: S-Series General 04-19-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 178
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Where’s this mystery bracket go?

"I just rebuilt my engine. Naturally I wound up with an extra part."

Thanks, I needed that :D You made my day
Forum: S-Series General 04-19-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 127
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Cylinder heads 1998+

Aha, so the crack issue was not addressed?
Forum: S-Series General 04-18-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Blown head gasket FIXED

OK for not using copper pipe :|

Old head gasket was black? I don't remember and deleted pix of it. :(

UPDATE:
changed oil after 95 miles on the rebuild. It was black as tar!
Also some oil...
Forum: S-Series General 04-17-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 127
Posted By MikeNW
Cylinder heads 1998+

So I just fixed a blown head gasket on my 1997 SL. Luckily, the head wasn't cracked, and it was flat :) I've owned it since new, never let temp gauge go past "halfway".

For future reference, I...
Forum: S-Series General 04-06-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 422
Posted By MikeNW
How to tell that you own a Saturn S

You have LOTS of those Rock Auto auto magnets on your fridge :D
Forum: S-Series General 04-06-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Blown head gasket FIXED

Oh, the head wasn't cracked AND it was flat. So I guess the head gasket just got tired:ugh:
Forum: S-Series General 04-06-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By MikeNW
Blown head gasket FIXED

1997 SL 196,000 miles

Yup it's back on the road :) Thanks to this Forum!

Here's what it cost. Total $577.62.
I did the work myself. Might help someone else in this situation.

Machine...
Forum: S-Series General 04-06-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 111
Posted By MikeNW
Head bolts

1997 SL

So I assembled the head etc. Followed the torque procedure (thanks OldNuc). All seems OK, she is back on the road!

Is there a re-torque for the (new) head bolts? Or am I done :)
Forum: S-Series General 04-02-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 212
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Trunk Rubber Liner For 2000 SL2 Sedan

I'd bet it is from the triple body seam leaking. At upper corners of trunk lid. Under the (removable) plastic body panels. I have a 1997 SL which I fixed, same problem. And also fixed brother in...
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