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pgringo 01-05-2014 04:03 PM

it finally happened
she's dead jim. waiting for the wrecker.

pawoSD 01-05-2014 04:31 PM

Veg oil take out the engine?

pgringo 01-05-2014 04:43 PM


Originally Posted by pawoSD (Post 3266416)
Veg oil take out the engine?

lol. no. try 300k+ miles, little PO maintenance, bad bad blowby on cyl #1, driving it like i stole it, and who knows what else. i've been too busy to do wvo for about a year. when i bought this car, i expected it to die on me within 6 months or so, and i think that was 6 or 8 years ago.

oh, we're home now.

pgringo 05-06-2015 05:42 PM

so here i am over a year later and i finally took a day to investigate the cause of death.

oh snap!

om617 - Album on Imgur

97 SL320 05-06-2015 07:03 PM

Any chance on posting the pics in the thread in case the link goes away ( and to help those still on a dial up )

pgringo 05-06-2015 07:37 PM

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Ceristimo 05-06-2015 07:40 PM

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You rang, sir?



Ungh! Too late...

pgringo 05-06-2015 07:46 PM


tyl604 05-06-2015 08:16 PM

For those of us who are slow, can you describe what damage we are seeing.


97 SL320 05-06-2015 08:30 PM

Starting from the left side of the 2nd pic, the cam shaft is broken just where it enters the bearing, the left 2 rocker arms have come loose , the right two are flipped over the cam.

Either the chain jumped and valves hit the pistons causing the cam to break or the connecting rod bearing on the left cylinder was so bad it allowed the piston to hit the valves so many times it broke the cam.

tyl604 05-06-2015 08:54 PM

Wow. Thanks; I can see it now.


pgringo 05-06-2015 09:06 PM

as far as cause goes, when it happened, i was accelerating on the highway. i had been going 70mph and then floored it to get into the flow of the fast lane. boost hit, and then it quietly lost power sort of like a sudden fuel cutoff. no bangs. no thud thud thuds. not even something you would feel through the car. :confused:

mannys9130 05-06-2015 09:29 PM

Wow. :( That's quite a show.

Simpler=Better 05-06-2015 11:09 PM


Well at least you've still got an odds & ends engine

mytmousemalibu 05-06-2015 11:29 PM

If the pistons & valves didn't "french kiss" you might be able to slap a good used head on it for cheap and keep going. Same time, if you had a cylinder that was a bit weak, might as well slap a whole good engine in.

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