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Old 10-30-2009, 09:26 AM   #21
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just track down a b234 block
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:38 AM   #22
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if you owe 6500 on it i would just source a b234 short block and pop it in.

.with a blown motor... you would be doing good if you got half of that money back....

swap a b234 in and you should have a car that will run far past the payment schedule
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:40 AM   #23
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hey 88mmm,

I've got a set of pistons from my Viggen, if your cylinder walls are fine you can have my pistons. You'll need a new set of rings, but you're welcome to have the pistons for free (just pay shipping or if you're ever in Westfield, MA I can meet you there). I upgraded to JE pistons, and these have only 80k miles on them. Let me know if you decide to have the car repaired.

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Old 11-01-2009, 10:45 AM   #24
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If the cylinder walls are fine, I think it would be cheaper to repair it as a b235 and not sure how many shops will be willing to go the B234 route. The B234 may be an alternative if you're doing the work yourself and are somewhat mechanically inclined.
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Old 11-02-2009, 03:41 AM   #25
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BlackViggen Thank you for the offer, I may be taking you up on those pistons. Turns out that I have two cylinders down, Compression test from 1 to 4 200,115, 200, 0. I should have the head off tomorrow and hopefully I'll have the pistons out later this week. Anyone have a link to instructions for pulling the head? I want to make sure I have everything disconnected before I go yanking on the head.

Closer examination of the plugs reveled that the ones supplied by Autozone were the right heat range, and same length on the piston side. However they are shorter on the DIC side. The shop helping me diagnose the car (Saab only shop) suggested that there was a massive knock in the cylinders caused by the lack of contact with the DIC and the plugs in the two cylinders. The CEL was blinking furiously at me when this happened.

So I'm going to file small claims court case against them. Autozone says it's not their fault that I put the wrong plugs in and that it's my responsibility to verify I have the right plug. I think that is crap because I wouldn't be able to know that the part# on the plug they gave me is not for my car.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:28 AM   #26
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Just about there, pictures of piston carnage should be up tomorrow. In the mean time here's a pic of my other ride.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:17 PM   #27
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So the head was pulled at and there is a hole melted right through piston 4. I think it's pretty obvious that the plug was the culprit and the Saab mechanic agrees. Autozone has been pretty good so far, they paid for the head to be pulled. So hopefully I'll be getting a new factory lower end care of Autozone. If not the good news is that cylinder walls were not damaged so It'll be a relatively easy fix to replace the pistons since Autozone has already paid for the head removal. Now I just want it fixed, it's been too long without my Saab.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:38 PM   #28
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The shop helping me diagnose the car (Saab only shop) suggested that there was a massive knock in the cylinders caused by the lack of contact with the DIC and the plugs in the two cylinders. The CEL was blinking furiously at me when this happened.
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I put new spark plugs in about 2 hours before the oil spurt all over. ...
You know this would have been extremely helpful infromatiuon to diagnose your issue, and blinking CEL = VERY BAD that's why it blinks to get you attnetion

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Old 11-15-2009, 04:57 PM   #29
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@88mm

I too am near Albany.

Sorry to hear of your troubles. Who's your Saab mechanic ?.

Mike

PS- I have seen your e30 M3 around. I miss my e34 m5 sometimes.
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