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Old 12-01-2014, 01:04 PM   #13
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Default Re: 2000 saturn sl oil and idle issues

Originally Posted by nedford View Post
Sorry for the long reply, I finally finished work on the problem. Cylinders 3 and 4 weren't getting full compression because I had burnt and warped exhaust valves over them. After replacing them the car runs fine with no starting issues except it still will occasionally run at an incredibly high idle when the clutch is disengaged and send oil through the exhaust. And this I can tell you now is not because of any lack of compression, though because of the high idle I wouldn't be surprised if that caused the exhaust valves burning out.
Also high idle on your car could be caused by a failed intake manifold gasket by the cylinder 1 intake runner, To verify if this is the problem you will need a can of carb cleaner and spray just below the power steering pump where the intake manifold meets the cylinderhead, If idle changes or the engine stumbles the gasket is leaking and needs to be replaced.

2015 Subaru Forester Limited "Prinny"
2000 SW2 Still Running Strong- 160K Traded In
2002 SL1 Still has Its Training Wheels on at 88K Traded In



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