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Old 06-21-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default Mr. Badwrench Award

Here's where you can give recognition to schmucks who own a Crescent wrench, a claw hammer - and call themselves "mechanics"..

I got 92 SC2 for the engine. I noted an excess of Permatex on the valve cover and timing cover. I have the time - and the engine leaked oil - and the engine is on a rotatable engine stand - so I decided to pull things apart and inspect inside.

Valve cover off - first thing I notice - GLOBS of Permatex inside. No gaskets were killed in the building of this mess. Second thing - the formed end of the vacuum line for the EGR actuator was INSIDE the engine - with a piece of the line clamped in between the cover and the head. Wow.....

Timing cover off --- a solid glob - about 1/4 inch thick all the way around the mating surfaces -- INCLUDING the oil passages from the cover to the block - effectively restricting the oil flow by about half....

He bent the oil pan getting it off - so his solution? MORE Permatex of course.

I think I had better fully disassemble this engine and see what other mayhem this genius inflicted on this innocent twin cam....

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96 SC2
97 SL2
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99 SC2
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2 94 SC2 parted out
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98 SC2 - rusty frame minus engine.

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Old 06-21-2019, 06:11 PM   #2
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Check oil pump pickup for permatex.

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Old 06-21-2019, 06:43 PM   #3
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Default Re: Mr. Badwrench Award

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Check oil pump pickup for permatex.
Yup. Dismantled pump too. So far so good.

Tomorrow I will pull off the splash shield and pull the mains and rod caps and inspect.

I dissected the filter - and no weird stuff inside.

Was a few globs of Permatex in the pan.

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Old 06-23-2019, 02:13 PM   #4
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My ex-wife noticed steam coming from under the hood of our late, not-lamented-at-all '99 Plymouth Neon, so she added oil.

Five litres of oil.

In a 2-litre engine already full of oil.

Through the dipstick hole.

For actual mechanical work though, I once test dove a Daewoo Lanos wagon on sale for $3800. The car only had apparently only had about 60,000 km (35,000 miles) yet had a engine replacement.

Opening the hood, you could see the pool of coolant resting on top of the exhaust manifold. I asked if they were flexible on the price. They said no, they had to recoup the cost of the engine swap. I passed on that, and found an ad for a 1999 Saturn SL1 with 170,000 km (110,000 miles) not too long after...

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