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Forum: S-Series Tech 01-22-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 619
Posted By billr
Re: Parts availability

I would like to see the whole part/assembly, but am confident that can be fixed. I will try for free if you are willing to risk losing it totally if I fail.

I will PM you with my email, since...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-15-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 156
Posted By billr
Re: Parts pt2

Which gear, the pinion or the sector? Post a picture of the assembly. I have made gears, piston rings, con-rod bearings, and many other such parts when they become hard to find. I would be willing...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-15-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 156
Posted By billr
Re: Parts pt2

RG, what part of your existing one is bad? Maybe we can come up with a way to repair it.
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-13-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 92
Posted By billr
Re: Saturn contest

Too bad the moderator(s) of this site don't seem to care. It isn't that hard to block obvious spam like we have been getting recently.
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-12-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By billr
Re: Sl1 brake help

OK, it never has stopped as well as you would like, but is this new?

"Goes nearly to the floor before stopping"

I agree with others, there should be no plastic or aluminum brake lines, and...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-11-2020, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By billr
Re: Sl1 brake help

Can I assume this is a new problem, the brakes were fine during the previous 347K (miles, kilometers?)? Got ABS?

That MC with only two lines going in it sounds odd, post a picture.

You can...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-10-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 178
Posted By billr
Re: 2000 SL2 spark at coils, not at plugs

Have you already bought the new plugs and wires, can't return them?

If not, then check for spark again, having both plugs grounded. If spark is OK, save that money for what is really wrong and...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-09-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 178
Posted By billr
Re: 2000 SL2 spark at coils, not at plugs

How are you testing for spark at the plugs? Not by laying them on the plastic valve-cover, I hope? Also both terminals to a particular coil have to have a ground path, you cannot test only one...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-08-2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 659
Posted By billr
Re: Unknown engine noise when cold

Did you push down hard on the chain, did you rock the engine back-and-forth to try maximizing any slack at that top point (the valve springs will often try to move the cams and take up slack right...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-08-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 659
Posted By billr
Re: Unknown engine noise when cold

Those chains are not a "maintenance" item that needs to be replaced periodically, and they are not that much fun to change. It should last until the engine needs to be opened up for some other...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-07-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 659
Posted By billr
Re: Unknown engine noise when cold

"I would think the chain would get looser with temperature."

No, the aluminum block and head have a greater thermal expansion rate than the steel chain. The center-to-center distance between...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-07-2020, 01:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 659
Posted By billr
Re: Unknown engine noise when cold

Attach a leaf-blower to the tail pipe (engine not running!) and feel around for leaks. If you can create smoke to suck into the blower inlet, even better...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-06-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By billr
Re: Transmission Question - Racing

The TAAT shift solenoids can be disconnected from the PCM and manually switched to force any gear or TC lock condition you want. There are "combinations" of the solenoids that need to be energized,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-06-2020, 12:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 659
Posted By billr
Re: Unknown engine noise when cold

I can't really hear anything in that video, but my guess is an exhaust leak or looseness in an exhaust component that tightens up as the exhaust gets hot. Worst case is a crack in the manifold.
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-04-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 677
Posted By billr
Re: Cylinder 3 misfire & Fuel in Oil

Agreed, I doubt that bit of gasket caused the bad valve/compression. Also agreed, be sure to grab the "Z shaped" hose and PCV valve that goes from the aluminum VC to intake manifold. It, too, is a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-03-2020, 11:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 677
Posted By billr
Re: Cylinder 3 misfire & Fuel in Oil

Let's see if this works...

Attached is the thumbnail of the OP's flex pipe with a hole in it. The OP would like opinions on whether that hole can be repaired enough to pass smog test.

If you...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-03-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 4,968
Posted By billr
Re: 1998 Saturn SL2 won't start when parked on driveway incline

It is certainly possible that the original failed, then you got two new bad ones from different sources, but kind of unlikely. I suspect this more of a wiring or ICM problem, not the CKP sensor...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-03-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 677
Posted By billr
Re: Cylinder 3 misfire & Fuel in Oil

Those plastic VCs warp and leak even if you use a torque wrench.

When you take the head off, I would pull the cams and such off first. Just be sure to organize the parts as removed so you know...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-03-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 677
Posted By billr
Re: Cylinder 3 misfire & Fuel in Oil

I have seen the picture of the exhaust hole. It is, indeed, in the flex-pipe and is far larger than "a pin hole".

The oil leak may well be from the valve cover, if it is plastic. If the OP is...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-01-2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 677
Posted By billr
Re: Cylinder 3 misfire & Fuel in Oil

Lolly_Poppins,

Quick, check your PM while this site is up again!

Edit: It doesn't seem like the PM is working. Go to <batauto.com> and look for me there (billr) if this site is down right...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-30-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 677
Posted By billr
Re: Cylinder 3 misfire & Fuel in Oil

Before I go into a long saga about the "head hunt", are you planning on pulling one yourself in a JY, or getting a used one from "off the shelf" by an online seller or such? Do you already have an...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-29-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 677
Posted By billr
Re: Cylinder 3 misfire & Fuel in Oil

Is the car completely "out of service" now, can you start disassembly right away? Things will go a lot easier and better if this isn't a 'rush job". Even if this has to be done outdoors, having...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-28-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,114
Posted By billr
Re: Transporting My Non-Rolling Chassis

Is this in regard to transporting just a Saturn? Surely "railroad container" is way more complicated than you need for a small car.

PS: I just peek at the link you posted. It is for an overseas...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-28-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By billr
Re: Perpetual high brake pedal effort

Did you ever try driving another new Saturn (or two) from the dealer's inventory, to confirm "they all are like that"?

The brake effort on my Saturns is pretty much the same as every car, truck,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-27-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 268
Posted By billr
Re: How far to press the front hubs in?

As I recall, that "split-line" due to the chamfer on the bearing and hub ODs is just enough to get a Bearing-Separator in there. Not everybody has those available, though, so a chisel or grinding...
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