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Forum: S-Series General 06-03-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 25,225
Posted By macbox
Re: Saturn Wagon CraigsList Ad's Thread

Near Minneapolis Minnesota:

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/cto/d/1998-saturn-wagen-onlymiles/6606277950.html

Manual transmission.
124K Miles.
Body looks to be in excellent condition....
Forum: S-Series General 05-22-2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 531
Posted By macbox
Re: Engine knocking sound

OP HiWire: In addition to the other parts, radiator hoses and engine mounts are easy to replace during the engine swap process. Backflushing the heater core is also a good idea.

Regarding the...
Forum: S-Series General 05-21-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 531
Posted By macbox
Re: Engine knocking sound

Removing the front bumper can get you some extra room when using the aforementioned cheater bar. I have a 4' piece of pipe to slip over the breaker bar just for getting leverage on the crank bolt.
Forum: S-Series General 05-14-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
Posted By macbox
Re: Cd changer

I pulled from the junkyard about 7 years ago. Not sure if I have the cartridge to hold the CDs, would have to dig it out of the box. It's a nice piece of history.
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-01-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By macbox
Re: Motor swap question.

A donor short block should be fine as long as you retain the head, intake, injectors, and exhaust from the 02.
If you are swapping blocks however, you are already halfway to a rebuild.

What year...
Forum: S-Series General 05-01-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 5,478
Views: 2,245,022
Posted By macbox
Re: What did you do to your S-Series today...

On the way to work early this morning, I hit something that punctured my rear passenger tire, I heard it making noise, then a loud bang when whatever it was in the tire came out and the tire went...
Forum: S-Series General 04-25-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,068
Posted By macbox
Re: 98 SC2 project. Drive for now, maybe rebuild later.

Always interesting to see when someone has been digging in the guts of the car before you and what surprises they have left behind. I've seen wheelhouse liners bolted on instead of using plastic...
Forum: S-Series General 04-25-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,003
Posted By macbox
Re: The 98 SW2 is Totaled

Yep, the two other cars are both 95 SC2s, but at some point I start to run out of space for spare parts.

Thanks for the idea on the freelance scrappers, I was thinking about seeing if someone had...
Forum: S-Series General 04-24-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,003
Posted By macbox
Re: The 98 SW2 is Totaled

That's the thing. If you have to take a trip south, drive instead of fly, and make a side trip to the junkyard, that's what I did a few years back when I went to Georgia. California is a long way...
Forum: S-Series General 04-23-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,003
Posted By macbox
Re: The 98 SW2 is Totaled

Thanks OldNuc, I have not been to a JY in Iowa, didn't know there was that big of a difference. I figured MN and IA have close to the same amount of moisture and salt.
Forum: S-Series General 04-23-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,003
Posted By macbox
Re: The 98 SW2 is Totaled

Here's an update:

• I got $1800 for the car.
• I've taken out the engine, 5-sp transmission, PCM, engine wiring harness, subframe, all the parts needed for an auto->manual swap, and the...
Forum: S-Series General 03-06-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By macbox
Re: New water pump, different gasket

I had 79K miles on the GMB water pump in my 98 SW2 before it got rear-ended. Pretty solidly built, I wouldn't have any qualms about buying another one. It does cover the vent passage to the head but...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-17-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By macbox
Re: SW2 hatch release latch not working

The hatch release is electric and not via cable, so provably the solenoid in the release went out, or something in the wiring or fuse. Check the easy things like the fuse first.
Forum: S-Series General 02-17-2018, 10:14 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 12,899
Posted By macbox
Re: 96 SC2 bringing it back to life (slowly)

Yep, check to see the broken bolt is out of there, this is where the pix come in handy. If my memory serves me correctly, and sometimes it doesn’t, that bolt in the lower middle might be a 6mm...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-12-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 488
Posted By macbox
Re: Best Source of Timing Chain Kit

That's the same ebay chain I returned due to the chain rubbing against the top guide, I wouldn't take another chance on one. The metal on the top guide wasn't formed right and was too close to the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-24-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 149
Posted By macbox
Re: Oil pressure gauge reading ?

According to both the 95 and 98 FSM, with 5W-30 oil and warm engine at 195˚F:
At idle RPM: 13 PSI Min, 9 PSI service limit.
At 2000 RPM: 36 PSI Min, 29 PSI service limit.

Cold engine: 80 PSI Max.
Forum: S-Series General 01-22-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 716
Posted By macbox
Re: I'm baaaaaack.

I LoL'd at that first sentence, Welcome back Low! I was kinda wondering if you'd ever come back, and here you are. Good to see an old-timer here again.
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-21-2017, 10:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 449
Posted By macbox
Re: Trying to diagnose engine ticking noise — video

Sounds like lifter tick. You could take a long screwdriver and listen at different places in the valve cover to narrow down where the noise is coming from.
Forum: S-Series General 12-21-2017, 10:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 537
Posted By macbox
Re: Not sure what this is called on the front end suspension, help.

Yep, the DOHC version of the bar had more resistance to it than the SOHC version.

OEM for Sx1 SOHC is 21010783, and for Sx2 DOHC is 21010784. The Dorman catalog shows the same part number,...
Forum: S-Series General 12-17-2017, 08:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 724
Posted By macbox
Re: No compression Cylinder 2 - Options?

Got it apart today. The pivot boss on the movable guide is definitely too thick and was preventing free movement. The tensioner itself is fine, however the pivot boss was only part of the problem,...
Forum: S-Series General 12-16-2017, 05:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 724
Posted By macbox
Re: No compression Cylinder 2 - Options?

I've got the head back on and started it up, and there is clatter from the timing chain. I thought it was free enough but hadn't considered that the pivot on the chain guide might be too thick,...
Forum: S-Series General 11-26-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 2,690
Views: 1,044,567
Posted By macbox
Re: Bonehead Saturn Craigslist find of the day

The lower case "m" designation means it's a manual 5-sp transmission, however the poster receives Bonehead points for not capitalizing SC, and leaving off the "2" off of SC2.
Forum: S-Series General 11-26-2017, 11:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,003
Posted By macbox
Re: The 98 SW2 is Totaled

That's pretty much what happened, $1740 after deducting $200 for scrap value. The engine is one that I rebuilt, and the subframe has been coated with POR-15.
I'm having a dickens of a time finding...
Forum: S-Series General 11-23-2017, 11:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 724
Posted By macbox
Re: No compression Cylinder 2 - Options?

I can catch a nail on the lifter on the right side in the above pic, I think that one is completely toast. I could steal some lifters from the spare 95 head that I have for this one.

As far as not...
Forum: S-Series General 11-23-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 724
Posted By macbox
Re: No compression Cylinder 2 - Options?

I can catch a fingernail on the top of the cylinder. The head is worse than I thought, the lifers are worn through the hardening and have circles.

At this point I can choose to use the head, or...
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