Saturn sc2 Engine Rebuild help

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Side FX, Dec 5, 2003.

  1. Side FX

    Side FX Guest

    My engine is making noises, I took it to the dealer ship and they said the
    engine would probably have to be rebuilt but it would cost like 2000
    dollars. I want to know if I could do this myself, I don't have too much
    experience with engines but I am not bad with that sort of thing. I got the
    haynes manual, would someone suggest I try this and how would I go about
    getting engine replacement parts?

    Side FX, Dec 5, 2003
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    Joe Biadasz Guest

    This can be a big project.. If you have any doubts about doin this, then
    dont attempt... You have to be very comfortable pulling your motor out
    tearing it down to nothing.

    1st do you have an automotive machine shop in town? if you do, it makes it
    a lot easier... ONce you get the motor tore down you'll send the head and
    bare block into the shop. they will clean it and check for cracks and hone
    out the cylinders. and true up the crankshaft..

    I suggest you let the machine shop order the rebuild kit for your engine..
    They will be able to order the exact sizes for the bearing and piston rings
    after they tru everythign up.

    This isn't going to be a weekend progect., make sure you have a 2nd car to
    use and plan afew weeks to do unless you have help availible.
    Joe Biadasz, Dec 5, 2003
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    Dan Hicks Guest

    And you need a heated shop or garage with plenty of light.
    Dan Hicks, Dec 6, 2003
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    Lane Guest

    Consider a low-mileage used motor as a replacement. I've gotten a few for
    several hundred bucks each off eBay and going that route is significantly
    cheaper than performing a rebuild.

    Lane [ l a n e @ p a i r . c o m ]
    Lane, Dec 6, 2003
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    Side FX Guest

    How much would a rebuild cost?

    Since I wrote this my engine has completly stopped working so I will need to
    buy a new car. Do you think it would be worth doing an engine rebuild and
    trying to sell the car, selling what parts I can on ebay, or just get it to
    a junk yard?

    Side FX, Dec 6, 2003
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    Lane Guest

    Since I wrote this my engine has completly stopped working so I will need
    Why? Can you buy a whole new car in the same condition or better for the
    cost of replacing the motor or less? When you really think about it, it's
    almost always cheaper to fix than to buy new (unless the car is a POS).
    Plus, getting rid of a car with a shot motor pretty much means you'll get
    nothing for it.
    Parts, machine work, and labor (if you paid someone else to do it start to
    finish), I'd guess around $2000 minimum - right in line with what your
    garage quoted you. Last engine I bought off eBay had 17k on it and I got it
    for around $190, and local salvage yards typically have them for around
    $500 - $750. The average driveway mechanic with a good set of tools, a
    hoist (rented or borrowed), a Haynes or Chilton manual, and some patience
    and determination, could probably do a motor swap in a weekend.

    Lane [ l a n e @ p a i r . c o m ]
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    Lane, Dec 6, 2003
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    BANDIT2941 Guest

    The average driveway mechanic with a good set of tools, a
    You should be able to handle a swap in a weekend. Its really not hard at all,
    but the first time around it will take some time. I don't think my haynes
    covered dropping the cradle out the bottom, like I did. I think at one point I
    posted somewhat of a step-by-step on this group so you might check google
    BANDIT2941, Dec 6, 2003
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