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Old 08-17-2018, 07:29 AM
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I recently bought a 2002 s2k with what the owner said was a blown head gasket. Story goes that he got it rebuilt by some shop (before the gasket blew), then 6000 miles later, a coolant hose broke, and head gasket went. Then he let the car sit for 2 years. There are a couple of things I noticed inside the engine:

1. Lots of residue. White and black residue. perhaps oxide? There is also corrosion on the cylinder walls and I am not sure the best way to clean it. Brass brush?
2. Is it normal for the piston to come out above the block? See below.

The owner also said that the pistons were bored 2 sizes up (not sure where these sizes are defined), and that maybe another type of Honda piston was put in.
One other question; when I removed the cams, I did not loosen the valve adjustment screws or set the engine to TDC (I know this is my bad), and they kind of bound up under the pressure of the valve springs. They came out with a little push but those valve springs are strong and I am wondering if I could have caused other issues.

Thank you for your help!

piston comes out over block


corrosion. Not sure the best way to clean it.
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:32 AM
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You will need to buy a used motor. These engines can't really be rebuilt, and especially not by some random shop. If you do research here on rebuilding engine, you will discover how true this is.

Sorry to bring the bad news.
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yes the piston comes above the cylinder wall, its normal
the ridge can be cleaned up with a ridge reamer
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Originally Posted by s2000ellier View Post
yes the piston comes above the cylinder wall, its normal
the ridge can be cleaned up with a ridge reamer
I don't know where your located in the us, but car analogy is right that a random shop rebuilding an s2000 engine isn't good, however, there are some companies like inlinepro who do really clean builds and who have fantastic reputations for putting together reliable high hp engines. I myself recently had them do my engine and I am extremely happy with the results. In a case like yours as long as there arent any signs of scoring internally they could probably re-sleeve the engine and install new pistons/rods & balance and blue print the block at the same cost of a good used s2000 engine or a new short block from the dealer
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The life of a rebuilt S2000 using non oem pistons & linners is around 20-30k miles,is a factor also to consider
And can only re-bore once.
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The life of a rebuilt S2000 using non oem pistons & linners is around 20-30k miles,is a factor also to consider
And can only re-bore once.
the combination of knowing someone with 75k miles on an in-line pro rebuild and other customer in this thread https://www.s2ki.com/forums/s2000-na...1012898/page3/ are the reason I chose to go in-line pro... 0 regrets
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Just because a shop besides inlinepro built it does not mean its garbage. Have the head decked flat. Check the block surface to see if its warped and needs to be decked. Put a new head gasket on it and run it.
the build up around the top of the cylinder is normal.

Just decking the head and a new oem head gasket is ~$150.

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He said it was bored 2x over, and pistons from some other Honda model were used. That sounds like garbage to me...
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the combination of knowing someone with 75k miles on an in-line pro rebuild and other customer in this thread https://www.s2ki.com/forums/s2000-na...1012898/page3/ are the reason I chose to go in-line pro... 0 regrets
Don't see a wet or dry sleeved with 75k miles ?
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Guys, thanks for the responses. Another thing I just noticed. I put each piston on its downstroke and manually pushed down on each piston to check for play in the bearings. Three of the pistons were fine, but one made a little tiny 'click'. The movement was so small that I could not really see it, but I know it moves because of the click. Since the block is suspect anyway, I might just polish the crank, get new bearings, deck the head, and see how long I can run it for.
BTW, how much is it to do the inline pro rebuild? I am guessing the cost will be shipping + sleeves + the actual machining.
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