But it did not give any warning at all. The only warning was the car was starting rough for a few months. No rattling. The mechanic says one valve has 40psi and another has 50psi compression. Should be 180psi. If the valves are only out of alignment, that is the $2000 fix. If they are bent and must be replaced, then that is the $3000+ fix. He said the timing belt coming off is what caused this. Is he correct?
I own a 1997 Saturn SL2 that threw the timing chain last Sunday. Minimum repair is estimated at $2000.00 with possibility it could be over $3000.00. I should know later today a more accurate estimate on total costs.
My question to you is, how do I do my best to prevent this from happening again? This is the second Saturn S series car I have owned that has had a similar major engine problem. I keep up with oil changes. The Saturn's mechanical problems have greatly disappointed me due to these two catastrophic failures.
Asked by martinnorris
Replied on November 30, 2010
The timing chain gives a lot or warning before letting go in the form of a rattling noise.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 AT 9:47 PM