I bought this last year for my daughters graduation present. When I got it it was not running. After troubleshooting I figured out what had happened. The previous owner must have never changed the oil and it eventually ran low loosing oil pressure to the drivers side cam tensioner resulting in a jumped timing chain. After resetting the timing and changing the oil a couple times and putting in mobil , I turned it over to my daughter. After driving it for about a year it has been killing her on gas, she is going to college and working part time. She had told me it was clicking but I didn't get a chance to really check it out...until now. I bought a Neon for her to drive temporarily until we sell the ST and get her something better. Anyway the first thing I did was clean it up, I hate a dirty vehicle... Next I got into the clicking, I originally thought it was a lifter so I changed the oil, I wasn't that lucky. I am not the type of person to pass the buck on by selling to someone else to deal with so check it out.
Should have the motor out this weekend...
00 2wd ext cab wrecked 00 4wd ext cab rebuilt-04 front end 06 Cobalt (Wifes Car)
No it is fixable and it's a common problem with these engines. I'm not sure about the mileage but some have gone over 200,000. The motor actually ran pretty good especially considering the chain problem.
Looks like some good ol fun goin on down there. Pretty lucky it didnt end up getting nasty with that broke in there but looks nice since you got it cleaned up. Have fun and if ya need an extra hand let me know just dont let me near any electrical connections. haha
Yeah she was still driving it when I bought the neon for her to drive, it was just sucking gas...and rattling worse than she told me lol. Well I am working on it but it's going to go a little slow. I hurt my back at work yesterday and I'm not quit 100% I just started underneath. They just don't give you any room to work under there. If you need something to do Kevin come on down but your going to get dirty...lol