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Forum: S-Series General 09-11-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By eljefino
SL2 pits full size fan

Hey peeps, long time since I rapped at ya...

Went to "Day of Destruction" at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The fan favorite "donut race" led to this something-or-other 2nd gen totally goading a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-30-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 467
Posted By eljefino
Re: school me on torque conv o-rings

Well it's back together, I warmed it up, drove it around the block, it unlocked fine. I gorked the alignment and have an exhaust leak so it's still in the shop.

For the record, the parts were a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-28-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 602
Posted By eljefino
Re: Query Re: replacement Suspension parts

If the jam nut, well, jams, put a pipe wrench on the flats of the inner tie rod. Remove the outer tie rod and put a deep socket down over said nut, breaker bar on socket, and go at it. This, after...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-27-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 467
Posted By eljefino
school me on torque conv o-rings

Got me a 210k, 2000 SL1 automatic.

Also have parts from a 142k, 98 SW2 automatic.

The SW2 drove fine but rusted out.

The SL1 was obtained with a sticking torque converter clutch, sticking on...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-24-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By eljefino
Re: brake backing plates unobtanium

A yard here wants $70 a side. I'll naturally be buying another $300 saturn. ;)
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-24-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By eljefino
brake backing plates unobtanium

Hey peeps, I'm back!

Just a PSA, drum backing plates aren't being stamped out anymore, and you can't get them through GM.

-- the new owner of a 97 SW2 with crumbling rust back there.
...
Forum: S-Series General 09-09-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By eljefino
Re: bye!

Awww you flatter me. Was that neon primer purple by chance?

It's not macgyver mechanicing if it's not caught on video. :)

I have the harbor freight tire machine but dang it sometimes the...
Forum: S-Series General 09-08-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By eljefino
Re: bye!

Someone ahead of me already riveted aluminum roof flashing all over them. Did a bang up job too, but I'm going to drill them out and weld real prefabricated ones in.

The SW1 was just losing its...
Forum: S-Series General 09-08-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By eljefino
Re: bye!

Did I mention that neons come with really squishy rubbery engine mounts? Sound like any car you know? :D
Forum: S-Series General 09-07-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By eljefino
Re: bye!

Yeah a focus wagon was on my short list, though I drove a dreadful focus with 75k that felt like 300k.

Co-irker has a dodge caliber that is basically an omni with 17" tires. :dizzy: It's not a...
Forum: S-Series General 09-07-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By eljefino
bye!

All right chaps, my last saturn just left my dooryard.

Short timeline:

2002-2004, 96 SL1, wife's car. Replaced with:
2004-2013, 00 SL1, wife's car, because it had A/C. Replaced with
2007...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-26-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 250
Posted By eljefino
wrong year tranny and smog

Hey y'all, long time since posting.

Anyway, the old 2000 SL1 with 1994 MP2 transmission just passed another state inspection with emissions. Maine allows two incomplete I/M flags... went through...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-20-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 283
Posted By eljefino
I put a 94 TBI SOHC head on a 98

It was easy. :)

Most of these resources involve fitting DOHC heads. Too rich for my blood! I had a spare engine from a car I junked that donated the head. Had been sitting for two years so it...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-27-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By eljefino
Re: tight motor after ring job

Oh, and PS I cleaned the ring lands out with an old ring. Usual crud, usual cleanliness when done.
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-27-2011, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By eljefino
Re: tight motor after ring job

I didn't measure anything! Rod bearings looked good... and nothing was knocking. Cyl walls had cross hatching but that doesn't say much.

Found a code for crank (not cam) sensor performance, I...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-27-2011, 12:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,076
Posted By eljefino
tight motor after ring job

I've done a few ring jobs that turned out okay. Maybe I've gotten rusty since then.

98 SC2, 220k, got it with 70-25-25-70 compression. Sounded like funky compression cranking over. Didn't run. ...
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-25-2011, 09:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,189
Posted By eljefino
Re: Re-ring, to 'de-glaze' or not to 'de-glaze'

It's losing some, maybe 1 qt/ 3k miles. Some of that is leakage/weepage. In 2006 I had the bright idea that Permatex Right stuff black RTV was a ripoff at $6 a tube so I used generic $2 stuff from...
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-24-2011, 12:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,189
Posted By eljefino
Re: Re-ring, to 'de-glaze' or not to 'de-glaze'

Darn you guys remember me even as I disappear for years on end. :p

The 95 SW1 is 42k and 5 years after its non honed ring job and doing just fine.

My problem wasn't that the outsides of the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-24-2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,469
Posted By eljefino
Re: 2000 Saturn SL1 SOHC - Loss of Power up Hills

I guess you could remove your front o2 sensor and poke a coat hanger up into the precat to see if it still feels good. Might even be able to squeeze a dentist mirror through there.

The funny...
Forum: S-Series General 04-13-2011, 02:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,807
Posted By eljefino
Re: DIY alignment

http://beatercars.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=rusty&action=display&thread=24
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-29-2011, 08:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 556
Posted By eljefino
Re: Front Spindle Interchange Years

approx 94-02. http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88699
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-28-2011, 04:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 524
Posted By eljefino
another successful wheel bearing

First off I've done several used knuckles which coincidentally have bearings inside. This is by far and away the easiest way to get out of trouble. car-part.com shows some for $22 semi-locally.
...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-08-2011, 11:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,058
Posted By eljefino
Re: Wal-Mart Tire ........

Or you could just get a $40 harbor freight tire changer and DIY.

Walmart will do a one time balance for $5 on a loose tire, and they don't care what it's for, or on.
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-07-2011, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By eljefino
used starter sounds shrill

Stuck a starter from 94 SOHC 5 speed 150k in a 97 SW2 auto, forget the mileage. Works good but sounds a little screechy, particularly after starting.

Starter has not been used in a year, stored...
Forum: S-Series General 03-04-2011, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,280
Posted By eljefino
Re: How much is it worth? 2002 SC1 manual 110k

I accidentally posted a 97 SL1 with 116k for $1500 on CL and the emails are ringing off the hook. What was I thinking? 1) my competition is all buried under snow banks and 2) gas is shooting up...
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