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02-06-2014 06:36 PM
hondafanatic17 I'm thinking of getting a replacement and then just running the current setup till catostrophic meltdown occurs. Just kinda blows though cause I didn't notice any of this when looking at the car and the people that owned it I think they knew stuff was majorly wrong. Whatever though at least I have my Beetle to drive till I do something about this...
02-06-2014 07:19 AM
BuHuSPG I would think about a clutch and rear main seal. Any thing else that may be leaking oil, I would do too. Just anything that is hard to reach.

You could skip the clutch, but may regret it later. Up to you, you could also just run it!
02-06-2014 03:43 AM
hondafanatic17
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Originally Posted by BuHuSPG View Post
If you have a lift, it's not bad at all. It comes out nicely as a unit from the bottom. Drop the whole subframe out to the ball joints as a whole unit too. Really not that bad.

If you try to pull it from the top, it is harder. If you have a known good unit, and a lift, I would just pick a day and bang it out.

Slippery slope though, you may want to do some maintenance items on the donor engine while it is exposed!
My dad's friend has a lift and said I can use it, what maintenance items do you recommend?
02-05-2014 08:07 PM
Zane Pulling the motor isn't too bad. I lowered the transmission out the bottom & pulled the engine out of the top. I'm not a huge guy but I was able to get the tranny out on my own with the help of a standard 3 ton jack (might not have been the smartest but it worked).

As far as pulling the engine out of the top, I did need a second person because the garage door got in the way of the beam lift. I had to physically climb into the engine compartment & lift the rear of the motor up to angle it correctly.

Word to the wise: to make pulling the engine easier, consider removing the cylinder head. I then attached my load leveler to 4 of the head bolts screwed into the block. Not the best method, but the motor I was removing had bad rod knock so it didn't really matter.
02-05-2014 01:23 PM
BuHuSPG If you have a lift, it's not bad at all. It comes out nicely as a unit from the bottom. Drop the whole subframe out to the ball joints as a whole unit too. Really not that bad.

If you try to pull it from the top, it is harder. If you have a known good unit, and a lift, I would just pick a day and bang it out.

Slippery slope though, you may want to do some maintenance items on the donor engine while it is exposed!
02-05-2014 10:58 AM
hondafanatic17 I do have a bad pulley but I've already popped the belt off and it still makes the noise when I rev the engine. And I haven't checked my oil pressure relief valve yet, so maybe I'll do that tonight. I'm 90 percent sure the light works but I'll double check.

I've already located a parts car for the manual transmission and engine if needed. Just wondering how big of a job that's going to be.
02-05-2014 07:17 AM
BuHuSPG Sorry for the stream of consciousness.

Are you sure the noise is coming from inside the engine, and not from any of the accessories or idler pulley? Maybe pop the belt off and spin the pulleys?
02-05-2014 07:13 AM
BuHuSPG If I were you, I would just drive it with the noises and reverse, and just look for an engine / trans pair, they pop up all the time.

Might be worth checking your oil pressure relief valve too, do you get any oil pressure light? Does that light work?
02-05-2014 07:09 AM
BuHuSPG I lost reverse completely in a 94 N/A 900 that I had. Drove it that way for a year. Was not just a linkage issue.
02-04-2014 05:37 PM
hondafanatic17 Okay so as of now I have one major issue figured out but the other is on the table.

The transmission is shot and I'm not interested in rebuilding it. Also I think it needs a clutch cable(feels terrible)

The issues I'm still looking into is the engine, so far I've drained and strained the oil, no metal flakes in it. Popped the spark plugs out, besides that the car was ram rich on gas because of a bad vacuum line they look good and there is no markings on the pistons. Took the valve cover off, the timing chain is solid, has no play in it and all the chain guides are in excellent shape, that whole area was very clean too for how black the oil was, no sludge at all. Tested each piston with the car running to see if the noise was possibly only on one cylinder, it wasn't sound stayed the same across the line. Guess the next thing is to do bearings? If it is just bearings could that cause smoking? Or is that most likely rings?
01-27-2014 05:47 PM
hondafanatic17 Okay so I changed my oil today, drained it into a clean pan and then filtered it as I was dumping it into the used oil drum and it didn't have any metal flakes in it, just some dirt and it was very thick. Didnt get time to removed the valve cover to see if anythings going on at the top end but it sound like its right under the valve cover closer to the passenger side. Got busy with trying to fix my reverse. I'm trying to figure out if it's the linkage or the actual reverse gear. I adjusted it a bit so that it goes into the reverse gear easier and I can now pull the key out with less pressure on the shifter then before. I used to have to put all my weight into it.

So now it's pull the valve cover off tomorrow and figure out reverse. Had anyone had their actual reverse gear take a crap before?
01-26-2014 02:30 PM
hondafanatic17
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Originally Posted by mike saunders View Post
EDIT...and the color is "scarabe green metallic" IIRC. I used to have a 97 in that color...
I know, it's the same color of my 9000 and it has tan interior too. My favorite Saab combo!

Yeah hopefully Monday I'll find out the situation, like to have it running and reliable by the beginning of summer.
01-26-2014 05:56 AM
mike saunders If it's just noisy on the lower end, you might be able to get away with just replacing the bottom end bearing shells. Only way to tell is by dropping the pan, though...

EDIT...and the color is "scarabe green metallic" IIRC. I used to have a 97 in that color...
01-25-2014 07:39 PM
hondafanatic17 With my luck I have a nice toasted engine so I guess I'll be looking for a replacement most likely.
01-25-2014 07:02 PM
hondafanatic17
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Originally Posted by Harvey's Autohaus View Post
Stuff a 9k short block in it, 19t or t28 & go have a blast with it. Fun car to build.
To much work for me lol, I'd rather stay factory with most things just from a time crunch issues when it comes to working on my cars.
01-25-2014 03:42 PM
Harvey's Autohaus Stuff a 9k short block in it, 19t or t28 & go have a blast with it. Fun car to build.
01-25-2014 03:17 PM
g96nt yup
01-25-2014 02:59 PM
hondafanatic17 Will bits of metal be in it? I'm going to do that Monday. To cold to work outside!
01-25-2014 02:22 PM
g96nt Well, getting it warm and draining the oil through a cheese cloth or rag will let ya knkw pretty quickly if the bearings are wearing.
01-25-2014 01:18 PM
hondafanatic17 So next step I guess is just opening it up and having a look? Hopefully it just needs a new timing chain but more then likely I once again bought a basket case
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