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1997 Saturn SL-2 DOHC cracked head?

Very minor hairline crack:1997 Saturn SL-2 DOHC 1.9 below valvecover.(overheated when serpentine belt broke,starts 1st time runs fine)but leaks oil.Is there anyway to repair without changing the head?

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Not really your head holds alot of pressure any temp. fix will just break

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The water pump on our 1998 Saturn SL2 1.9 litre engine broke the pulley while driving it. My wife then drove back about 10 miles and decided to stop and called me to go get her and the car. I pulled it...

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I have replaced the radiator, thermostat fan motor&sensor & its still overheating but my temperature gauge is not telling me its hot & water is coming up threw my radiator cap i replaced it but...

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To check this you can get a block test kit from Napa Auto parts or a good parts supplier (or may have a shop check it so you don't have to buy the whole kit).
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You have said your car is an SL model, if it an SL or SL1 you will have the single overhead cam engine. There is a TSB from GM ablut heads that crack, I had a 96 SL1 that did the same thing, and I had to replace the cylinder head. Many people just put in a head gasket because it is so common on 4cyl cars. This will not fix your problem. What has happened is a presure galery that feeds oil to the cam on the head is cracked into a cooling passage, and the 45psi oil is being pulped slowly into the 15psi cooling system. You will probably need to replace rubber cooling and heater hoses as the oil will attack and weaken them, and set you up for possibly another problem down the road. I hope this was helpful.

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