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Old 04-23-2012, 08:53 PM
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88 Si, running on one cylinder?

I am a sailor in Nuke school and do not have time to waste on this any more. Any help is greatly appreciated.

My wife's 88 si has decided to run very, very poorly. It is extremely choppy, has no power whatsoever, and dies frequently when you put it in gear (auto). It has a bad water leak from the back of the engine, somewhere that I can't see or get to. As soon as water is put in it, it drains right out when the engine is started. I don't know if the water issue is connected to the main issue. I know all cylinders are getting spark, but when the plug wires are pulled off of all but the far right cylinder, it maintains the same idle, leading me to believe the engine is running on only the far right cylinder.
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Re: 88 Si, running on one cylinder?

Pull the plugs out immediately to see what they look like! Should be dry at the tips. Hope your oil looks clean. No milky slime in it. That's for starters.
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Re: 88 Si, running on one cylinder?

Just checked the oil and it is normal. No water in it or anything. Haven't had a chance to pull the plugs yet.
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Re: 88 Si, running on one cylinder?

Okay, with a quick compression test we have determined that the head is warped or the head gasket is blown. I have a parts car with a b21. Are the heads interchangeable?
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Re: 88 Si, running on one cylinder?

i'VE READ That they're not interchangeable cause of the valve stem lengths.
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