Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 20:05:01 -0600
From: Greg Youngen <youngennopsamf.uiuc.edu>
Subject: Stuck exhaust valve


Just got news my '86 Saab (8v, 128k mi) has a stuck exhaust valve. It's been running poorly lately and all the usual tune up tricks weren't working. I took it into the shop today and they pulled the valve cover after getting a reading of 15 psi in the no 3 cylinder (the others were reading 125-150 psi). They estimated a valve job at around $800. Higher than normal because the valve setup on the ohc 8v is a "bitch" to work on. The car still runs, I can drive it anywhere, but there's very little low end torque and you nearly have to floor it to maintain 70 mph on the highway. The mechanic also said that stuck valve could create a hot spot that could damage the head if not taken care of. So, I'm wondering what to do - I might be able to get a couple hundred for it. Maybe give it to one of those tax right-off charities that take autos. I don't want the hassle of parting it out. I've had this car for several years and really like it. However, the cost of repair is more than I want to put into it. Any suggestions? ____________________________________________________________________ Greg Youngen St. Joseph youngennopsam.edu

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