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Old 10-08-2007, 09:45 AM   #1
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Engine went BOOM!!!!! (56k warn)

First off, not either of my cars.

I was getting ready to put my new brakes on my ST Saturday when I get a call from my little sister. She tells me she's on the side of the freeway and her car made a loud bang then started to smoke really bad and shut down.

My first thoughts were her ignition, since she got a recall on it about a year ago and never got it fixed. A little background, she has a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire and apparently the ignition catches fire or something like that. Anyways, I throw my toolbox I take to the track with me in the trunk, hop in my car and take off to find her.

I make my way down the freeway, spot her on the other side and make a u turn. I pull up in front of her car and throw the hazards on, get out, and this is what I see. Now these pictures were taken at home once we got the car towed back, I never thought to grab my camera when I left the house

From what she told me "gravy boat" (her words) flicked on on the dash and then went off, a few minutes later, boom. I nearly pissed myself laughing and asked her what type of gravy she was running in the car.

So I'm guessing she lost oil pressure, then one of the rods decided it didn't wan the oil inside the crankcase anymore, punched a hole in the block, and puked it out into the fan throwing it all over the engine bay.







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The entire rear of the car was covered in oil:




I felt terrible, but couldn't help laughing a little. There was no way I would have ever though she would nuke a stock engine in her car. The car had just turned 100,000 miles a few weeks back, and she had been talking about getting a new car.

Not really sure what she wants to do with it yet, but I'm thinking she's gonna scrap it and get a new car. I told her I'd buy it off her then put a new engine in it, so I might have another little project on my hands.

I can't wait for the teardown to see what let loose on this puppy.


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Old 10-08-2007, 09:52 AM   #2
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First off, that really sucks. I had this happened to me about 3 months ago in my old SVT except that I spun a rod bearing and the rod punched a hole in my block...Glad to hear that you taking care of her (buying the car off of her). Every little bit helps.

Good luck to both you. I definitely want to see the teardown pics on this one.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:46 AM   #3
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The oil on the underside of the hood makes it look like the engine got its brains blown out. Sorry to hear about the Sunfire but great picture documentation!
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:54 PM   #4
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I'm sorry but the pictures are just too funny. Maybe this is a sign that she really should get a new car.
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I only see one option.Get her a Focus lol
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:24 PM   #6
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^^^^ I almost had her convinced to get a Screaming Yellow SVT. I was so close.

What it basically comes down to is she needs to find a car that will last a loooong time without regular maintenance. I'm pretty sure that was the killer in this one here. I asked her when her last oil change was, and she couldn't give me a straight answer.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:50 PM   #7
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WOw... It looks like that car just threw up a little.....
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Dude, That's awful!

It makes me wonder what she was doing to her car....

Hinces the word fire.... in the sun...fire. It alway seem slike GM makes a model that has to do with fire or sun which probably why they can't sell one with out it exploding.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:41 PM   #9
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Get her a used low mileage toyota/subaru/isuzu/honda if she wants to treat a car like that.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:44 PM   #10
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wow..thank godit wasent the ST
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