Engine Mechanical problem
1994 Saturn SL1 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 200000 miles
Engine cranks, won't start. Measured 2 out of 4 cylinders and did not see any compression. Removed head cover and noticed a few small chunks of tan plastic scattered around cylinder head. Able to grip timing chain with fingers and dislodge about 1/16" from cam sprocket. Appears tensioner failed, timing chain skipped, and engine out of sync. Have not yet torn it down to look. Question now is are head cylinder valves trashed? Engine is 1.9L SOHC. Does this kind of failure require a head cylinder rebuild or major engine overhaul/ replacement? This car was running OK before the failure. I'd like to fix it but not "beat a dead horse" either.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 1:16 PM