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Old 05-22-2018, 07:20 PM   #1
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Down the rabbit hole I went. Last fall I started a project rebuilding my daughters 2007 Ion 2.2 engine.
I opted to do an inframe rebuild. I’ve done this several times on cars and trucks without an issue. The most important thing is keeping everything clean.
Although it was time consuming all went fairly well until the moment of truth. I fired it up it idles and runs smooth as glass and it drove wonderful…… About six miles into the test drive I heard death knocking from the lower end.
Sure enough I found a low spot on the #1 rod journal. I had a local engine shop tell me to swap in a different engine due to it being almost impossible to get all the metal out of the oil galleries.
I have a 2.2 from another vehicle; sitting side by side with the exception of the heads they look pretty much Identical, smog pump, intake, exhaust, engine mounts, ETC. but it has the single coil pack on it instead of the individual coil on plugs and ths power steering pump omitted.

Are the blocks and internals identical and can I simply switch heads? I know the cam / crank sensors are one is in the head the other is in the block. The head I’m keeping the sensor is on the head.

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Old 05-22-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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I recommend replacing the whole thing with an S Series. All kidding aside, there are Ion forums here too and they probably know the answers.

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Old 05-23-2018, 09:29 AM   #3
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Source a used engine, and make sure to install a new timing chain kit before swapping into the Ion.

You have to watch Ion Eco-Tecs because much like our Saturn S-Series, there were revisions(minor changes) over the years of Eco-Tec production.

An L-Series Eco-Tec, for example, would fit into an Ion and bolt up to the transmission, but it wouldn't likely run due to all the internal/electrical differences.

Car-Part uses Hollander Interchange, which is as close to direct-swap interchange as you will get. Hollabder uses the information supplied by manufacturers and cross-references the part numbers.

2007 may only fit a few years, and older Ion engines may not work.

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Down the rabbit hole I went. Last fall I started a project rebuilding my daughters 2007 Ion 2.2 engine.
I opted to do an inframe rebuild. I’ve done this several times on cars and trucks without an issue. The most important thing is keeping everything clean.
Although it was time consuming all went fairly well until the moment of truth. I fired it up it idles and runs smooth as glass and it drove wonderful…… About six miles into the test drive I heard death knocking from the lower end.
Sure enough I found a low spot on the #1 rod journal. I had a local engine shop tell me to swap in a different engine due to it being almost impossible to get all the metal out of the oil galleries.
I have a 2.2 from another vehicle; sitting side by side with the exception of the heads they look pretty much Identical, smog pump, intake, exhaust, engine mounts, ETC. but it has the single coil pack on it instead of the individual coil on plugs and ths power steering pump omitted.

Are the blocks and internals identical and can I simply switch heads? I know the cam / crank sensors are one is in the head the other is in the block. The head I’m keeping the sensor is on the head.
You can post this question in the ION forums which are linked below. This area is part of the S Series forum which include the 1991-2002 model year S Series coupes, sedans and wagons.

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=18

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