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Post by tankinbeans » Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:19 pm

Galadriel is currently down for the count. Was accelerating and got to 50 mph when the engine started ticking. Power was cut and I couldn't get up past 30 mph.

Lack of driving or proper lubrication?
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Post by tankinbeans » Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:59 am

tankinbeans wrote:Galadriel is currently down for the count. Was accelerating and got to 50 mph when the engine started ticking. Power was cut and I couldn't get up past 30 mph.

Lack of driving or proper lubrication?
Got a call back that the wrist pin connecting one of the pistons to the rod may have snapped. Mechanic is going to remove the valve cover tomorrow to check it out. Depending on the answer, at what point should I wash my hands and walk away?
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:38 pm

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tankinbeans wrote:Galadriel is currently down for the count. Was accelerating and got to 50 mph when the engine started ticking. Power was cut and I couldn't get up past 30 mph.

Lack of driving or proper lubrication?
Got a call back that the wrist pin connecting one of the pistons to the rod may have snapped. Mechanic is going to remove the valve cover tomorrow to check it out. Depending on the answer, at what point should I wash my hands and walk away?
Wrist pin snapping? I would have expected the rod bearing to fail from lack of lubrication before that happened....or the rod to snap.....

So my buddy Tony had the head off his old Fiat and his dad was below the car, with the oil pan removed, unbolting the rod from the crankshaft. His dad sez "OK, I'm pulling down on the rod", and Tony sez "But the piston isn't moving down!"
They found that the piston had cracked around one of the ring grooves and it was now a two-piece design. The top of the piston was being supported by the compression ring in the top ring groove.

That explained a lot of things.
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Post by theholycow » Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:03 pm

Is Galadriel the 2003 Century?

In what condition is the rest of the car? Do you like the car? How would you feel about replacing the car? How would you feel about repairing or replacing the engine?

A quick look at car-part.com shows plenty of high-mile and a few lower-mile 3.1's in MN in reportedly good condition between $300 and $800 (and untested/iffy ones for less).
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Post by tankinbeans » Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:25 pm

Rotted rocker panels as per normal for an 03 Century, but I like it well enough. I wouldn't mind dropping an engine in, but wonder when it's just sending good money after bad.
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Post by tankinbeans » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:41 pm

Got some codes off the thing: P0304 and P0442. Tried pulling the plug on cylinder 4, which interestingly enough is on the front of the engine, and couldn't get the bitch to budge.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:05 pm

Tummy, a used car is a place to hang new or "experienced" parts on, as necessary, to allow you to continue have a means of transportation.

If you've been replacing the usual consumable items, like belts, hoses, tires, brakes, and shocks/struts, exhaust system, battery, ball joints and tie rod ends, then those parts are good for a while to go. Replacing the engine could mean that you actually get some use out of the consumables you've been replacing. Walking away from it would mean that someone else will resurrect it and take advantage of the life left in the car....or that someone will scour the junkyard and remove all the pieces that still have some life left in them.

I bet insurance is cheap on that car and nobody is making any monthly payments on it either.
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Post by tankinbeans » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:22 pm

$400 per year for insurance, no payments, haven't really replaced anything. In 3 years we've only put about 8000 miles on it.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:45 pm

tankinbeans wrote:$400 per year for insurance, no payments, haven't really replaced anything. In 3 years we've only put about 8000 miles on it.
How much are you willing to spend to replace it?
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Post by tankinbeans » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:47 pm

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tankinbeans wrote:$400 per year for insurance, no payments, haven't really replaced anything. In 3 years we've only put about 8000 miles on it.
How much are you willing to spend to replace it?
I can't really afford much, but mom needs the car. I'm not even sure how much that would run. Friend believes that we could do it in a weekend.

I have about $1500 in open credit and could probably scrounge a bit more of necessary.
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Post by theholycow » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:58 pm

$400/yr insurance? Cripes, I gotta get me one of those! Wanna sell it? :lol:

Sounds like I'd go ahead and fix it, even if it means replacing the engine (assuming it can be done at a reasonable cost). Work on pulling that spark plug and getting a look in the cylinder while someone cranks it. Google up some tips for a seized spark plug. I'm guessing it might be worth trying to (carefully!) do it while the engine is hot, if possible...also maybe try turning it in both directions (even though you don't want it tighter, a few degrees tighter can break it loose so you can then back it out), and don't force it too much until you're ready to sacrifice the cylinder head/cylinder/engine.
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