85 240 GL non turbo saga
Havin some fun with my buddy's 85 240, it sat in
a snow bank all winter due to unavailability of
some parts. It first cacked out in the middle
of nowhere, and we couldn't figure out what
happened. The timing belt snapped, the key on
the crank was bent, leading us to believe there
was a failure of a rod bearing or something of
However, it still turned over manually. Meaning no bent
valves (WHEW!) and visual inspection from
underneath with no oil pan did not reveal any
internal damage, it all looked brand new. So we
figured the timing belt tensioner must given out, replaced it and put a
new t-belt on. Fired
her up and holy smokes she was makin a bad
noise! Didn't know what it was, but sounded
alot like a rod bearing again.
So what was actually wrong? It wasn't the rod
bearings. Upon disassembly, we noticed that the
bolts connecting the trannie (automatic) and the
engine were almost all broken. There are 8, and
all but 3 were busted.
So now we have the whole bloody car in pieces in
the garage, and we decide to fix it. Since the
engine is now in a million pieces, we figured it
would be a good time to replace anything that
showed any wear. My first mistake. It took
over 4 months for the crank bearings and piston
rings and some other parts to come in. Guess we
went with the wrong supplier.
So, anyways, the car sat outside in a snowbank
on the street for the last 6 months (engine and
trannie were in the garage). We FINALLY got the
parts in, put it all back together..... and
NOTHING. won't fire up. Here's what we have
done so far:
Ignition Coil (too much resistance, needed replacement)$30
Distributor Cap (center pin busted) $10
Plug wires (mismatched) $40
Fuel filter (old) $30
Also noticed the Main Fuel relay was not working. Is this a common
problem? I have a honda, they are famous for main relay probs. Plus the
relay is like $100!!! Is there a way to fix it?
We were wondering about bad gas too, its not
coming out clear...
Also, any ideas on what else might be causing us
Thanks, sorry for the novel of a post...