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Old 07-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #131
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Originally Posted by jd8450 View Post
My 2002 just doped a valve an it mangled at least two pistons and rods. I see all the information about where to get the heads, etc but where have you guys gotten the used/rebuilt rods from? I see some guys selling them for 50 bucks on eBay but that does not make sense when I can get brand new from the dealer for 30 more dollars.

The car has 150 k but was extremely well maintained and amazingly I think the block and lower end are in perfect shape. I can even still see the cross hatches on the cylinder walls.

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Old 07-24-2013, 10:40 PM   #132
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What does it sound like when u drop the valve seat? Is a loud rattle? Cuz my girls car is doing that bad
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:47 AM   #133
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Add another one to the list

Well, guess I can add mine to the list. Yes, I am a newbie to the Forum, but have had our SE wagon since 2000. We bought it with 16 miles on it from a dealer in Melbourne, Florida. It has lived it's entire 158k mile life in the state of Florida, with about fifteen trips to Tennessee and North Carolina. It decided to drop the number 2 valve seat at my wife's work just as she was being picked up by me and our little lady. Car had just gotten back from a trip to Tennessee and was showing a CEL with the readout of "Cylinder 2 Misfire". My stupidity for not taking it off the road sooner, as I have been researching the dropped valve seat issue, and was planning on doing it right after we got back. Guess I was not quick enough to act.

Anywho, car is on jack stands in front of the garage, with the head, exhaust manifold, and intake manifold (with all the other assorted bits) occupying my precious floor space IN the garage. Head goes to a very well known cylinder head only shop in Orlando, hopefully tomorrow, with a call out for piston and con rod in the WTB section here shortly.

At least I'm in good company, eh?
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:54 AM   #134
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Are there any signs to the seat dropping? like will you have a warning before hand?
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:39 AM   #135
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No, no warning. When my son's car dropped the #4 valve seat it just died.
When I went to start it I heard a rattling on the #1 side and stopped cranking
it right away. Very little damage was done. Top of #4 piston was marked up and
rod bearing damaged. Replaced #4 piston/rod with a good used one and got a replacement/improved rebuilt head from odessa cylinderhead in Clearwater, Fl.
Running well now and am confident we will get a lot more miles out of the engine.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:04 PM   #136
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Is there any SPI owner who has not had a Valve failure? Please let me know and try to enrich me with some faith.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:01 PM   #137
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Another dropped valve seat :<(

Well, I just joined the dropped valve seat club at 100,627 mi. #3 cylinder failed in my 2001 SE. Daughter was driving the car and end result was #3 rod went thru the block. This is a PIA, because of this problem, the cost of an engine is double what it should be, and you are buying the same problem. Any motor I find will need a new head before I can trust it. I guess there are replacement heads that correct this problem?
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:20 AM   #138
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There are heads you or you could buy an engine with a head that is still good and just replace the valve seats. (Timing belt, tensioner and oil pump if your so inclined) which wouldn't cost more than a couple hundred and a few estimate a hours on the job. Or you could opt for another engine, like a zetec
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:59 PM   #139
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just had a valve seat failure at 133,000 miles, on a positive note I picked this car up for $500 and never had a problem in the past four months. I guess I will revive her..
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #140
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Seat dropped on #3 at 190k about 6 months ago. Boy was that a pain.
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