I'm a newbie to the forum.
Just joined the forum. A little background on me. I just purchased a 2002 Neon with 180,000 miles that would only sputter. I did a compression check on all four cylinders and had about 90 psi on cylinders 1 and 2 and about 120 psi on cylinders 3 and 4. A few squirts of oil improved 3 and 4 to about 145 psi but 1 and 2 hardly changed. With more persistence, I was able to get it to start, put some water in it and that is when I noticed the head gasket was blown. Pulled the head off, it had 2 small cracks from the water line to the combustion chamber so a replacement is in order for that. Now checking the piston rings and bearing for damage or wear. Bearing look real good so will check the rings. Did find something odd when I dropped the pan which I have posted in the Generation 2 section with pictures so please look at that and help me identify. But so far having a good time ripping this thing apart. Hopefully I will be able to get this thing back together and running.