Do we need an engine or is something else is wrong?

gwj1043
0

Asked by gwj1043 Mar 09, 2013 at 04:01 PM about the 1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

This car burns a lot of oil, the spark plug area is being filled with oil and prevents the car from
starting, so we will have the spark plugs changed and the flooded area cleaned. While the car is
warming up it sometimes has black crud coming from the tail pipe along with white smoke. It has
over 120,000 miles and the engine light stays on. Other than that it runs great!

5 Answers

judge_roy
Not Active

Do a compression test. Check for variations in compression between the cylinders, perhaps you've busted an oil ring on one or more of the pistons.

tenspeed
49,975

You don't need a engine. You need a new gasket on the cam cover. Get that solved and get the codes read to find out what's is going on with that check engine light. It will clear up that exhaust which is black from the rich fuel mixture. -- That engine should be able to go 200,000+ miles if you change the oil and take care of it. It's a lot cheaper to care for what you have than paying $2000 for another used engine.

7jimmy7
10,725

sounds like something else,worth repairing like valve cover gaskets for the oil in holes and ck. for crud under cover causing oil fill up around exaust valve stems, simple fix and go another 100

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Alex Nazarian
715

The valve cover is leaking into the spark plug holes, needs a gasket. Check the coolant level to see if it's low. If not, the "white smoke" youre seeing is nothing. And as far as the oil burning goes, that's the curse of the S-series. The oil control rings are gummed up, and there's not cost effective way to fix that issue. So replace the gasket, and keep topping the oil off every so often.

judge_roy
Not Active

it's your car. you know how to take care of it!

Your Answer

Related Questions

S-Series
Looking for a Used S-Series in your area?
CarGurus has 1,432 nationwide S-Series listings starting at $1,499.
ZIP:

Search Saturn S-Series Questions

Saturn S-Series Experts

#1 Alex Nazarian
Alex Nazarian
Reputation 700
#2 helpmeplease
helpmeplease
Reputation 360
#3 littlehorn
littlehorn
Reputation 350
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic"
744 Great Deals out of 49,088 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,085 Great Deals out of 45,497 listings starting at $990
Used Honda Accord"
1,146 Great Deals out of 81,719 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Focus"
1,336 Great Deals out of 60,266 listings starting at $499
Used Toyota Camry"
1,738 Great Deals out of 75,917 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Celica"
14 Great Deals out of 532 listings starting at $1,500
Used Volkswagen Passat"
402 Great Deals out of 27,028 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic Coupe"
200 Great Deals out of 10,804 listings starting at $4,795
Used Hyundai Elantra"
555 Great Deals out of 47,928 listings starting at $1,595