I know know what was wrong with my nieces engine, it has a burnt valve🙁 Not Good! I was not expecting it to be this bad. It may not be ready in time for her to drive back to collage. This sucks. One good thing is now I have more time to do an even better job! I intend to find a completely rebuilt or new head and replace the timing gears, chain and chain guides. This should make the engine almost like new. Most moving parts will be replaced. She will be able to have it back sometime in December if she comes for Christmas. The car is in good shape/clean and only has 123,000 miles on it. It should have many more miles left in it’s life for her. Plus she really likes the car, her first.
The pics show the bad valve and what it should look like. The engine block looks very good all the cylinder bores look ok too. The engine had no knocks and the trans was ok too so all should be great when I am done. I have many parts to keep track of and it’s not always easy. I went today to take these pics and go over the parts to make sure I remember what & where they all go. I went through the bolts to make sure they were all in a safe place for a while, a few weeks. Just until I get all the other parts I now need to do it right.
I went to the junk yards and they want the same money as I can get a new/rebuilt one. It will be about $300 for just the head. Mainly because it is a dual cam engine and nd has twice the parts on it as a single cam engine head. All the parts should be about $450 after adding for the timing gears and chain & guides. The guides will have to be ordered from a Saturn Parts Dealer. To have it done some where would cost $1,500-2,000. I do not mind doing the work myself. I learn a lot from it too.
I still have to get the broken head bolt out too. I am not in a hurry to do it. I have had trouble in the past with broken bolts and there not fun or easy to deal with. Now they have a few different tools to help that I will check out to make sure I do not make it worse. The block is aluminum and can be easily damaged compared to the usual iron block which is a harder metal. If it were iron, I could use a torch to heat the bolt to break it loose by expanding it with the heat. I would not dare do that with the alum. It might not take the heat of a torch, ouch.
It seems I struggle with everything I try to do…but, it only make me better…tom g