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Old 11-25-2003, 09:24 AM   #1
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I'm going to be pulling the head off my 95sl2 to replace the head gasket as I believe I am burning coolant. Aside from the Manifolds gaskets, are there any other things I should look at replacing while I'm in there? Car has about 140k miles, and I like to replace stuff before it breaks.

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Old 11-25-2003, 09:34 AM   #2
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When was your waterpump changed?

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Old 11-25-2003, 10:15 AM   #3
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With 140,000 miles, you might consider one or all of the following:

1. At the least a valve job (Replace the head on the outside).

2. Drop the oil pan, pull the pistons and R&R the rings.

3. R&R the cam chain, etc.

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Old 11-25-2003, 10:27 AM   #4
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I am also replacing the head gasket on my 93 SL2. On the thread "Water at the exhaust pipe" I also asked if there was any thing that my need to be replaced, cleaned or addressed - see responses.

Not sure if doing all of the repairs is necessary, but if we are of the same frame of mind why not do some of the other repairs while we have the engine apart....especially those that require this level of disassembly....

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It's not difficult to pull the head.

Heck, I pulled a head of a 280zx turbo with a friend before. That head with the intake/exhaust manifold and turbo was HEAVY!!!.

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Old 11-25-2003, 11:32 AM   #6
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I'm going to be redoing the whole motor at some point via the deebs build. He finally wrote me back with his best recipe for a stock saturn motor that will put 133 to the wheels.

Water pump is original, and probably not a bad idea to swap that out, and I guess I'll throw in for a new thermostat though i'm pretty sure mine is okay. I'm going to skip the major bottom end stuff for now as I plan to do this fairly quickly and be back up and driving the same day.

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Old 11-25-2003, 05:09 PM   #7
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Just out of curiosity, are you reusing the head bolts or getting new ones?

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Old 11-25-2003, 06:23 PM   #8
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Reusing the ones that come out unless something goes horribly wrong.

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Old 11-25-2003, 08:43 PM   #9
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DEFINATELY replace the timing chain, sprockets and tensioner/guides while it's apart anyway. Have a valve job to include valve guide seals done on the head while it's off. If your oil use is not excessive, I'd leave the bottom end of the engine (rings and bearings) alone. It is just too easy for a novice doing a "driveway rebuild" to make a catastrophic error down there.

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Old 11-25-2003, 08:53 PM   #10
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It won't be a driveway job as I will be doing it in a shop with lifts and any tool needed including air tools. The problem is, the car cannot stay there, and anything I do would need to be done within that days time. Not sure I can afford all the timing parts, and again I am planning to do a full rebuild over the winter sometime. I just want to get a head gasket in this one to keep it from burning any coolant. I'm mainly looking for any procedure stuff I should do/clean out while in there, and misc small stuff to replace.

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The timing set (from Saturn) is under $200....you'll have all the parts related to it off anyway to remove the head, and you can reuse them (and save the expense then) come rebuild time...

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