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Bad day for the 454

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mlaux, Feb 24, 2006.

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What to do with my spun rod bearing

  1. Pull the pan and replace the bad bearing

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  2. Pull the motor and do it right

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  3. Get drunk and cry myself to sleep

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  1. mlaux

    mlaux 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    So here is my sad story for the day:

    Start the truck this morning and notice a slight ticking sound. I decide it's a lifter and head for the gas station. When I check my oil its over 2 quarts low. Add a couple of quarts, filler up and head to work. By the time I get to work it's pretty obvious it's a rod bearing. The motor has 9K on it and the knock is very light so the question is... Drop the pan and replace the bad bearing or pull it and go through the whole thing?
     
  2. mtnman210

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    If it's that new of a motor I say do it right. why risk wrecking an almost new motor being lazy.
     
  3. sandawgk5

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    Pull it and go through it. Bearing kits are a lot cheaper than a complete crank. If one is going it can be assumed the others are gonna follow. Also you need to figure where the oil is going.

    Ira
     
  4. Orange Crush

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    Go buy a Pete Jackson noisy gear drive,install it and act like you never heard a thing.--Eric
     
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    :doah: :haha:
     
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    I like my gear drive!! :waytogo: If it has 9K miles and you are loosing 2 quarts of oil and have rod knock I would definately tear the whole thing apart. Ive had a bearing go and had rod knock. Was in a 69 Malibu. No amount of duct tape can fix it. Still did a couple smokey burnouts it it, cuz I just replaced tranny... Good Times. :haha: :haha:
     
  7. muscle

    muscle 1/2 ton status

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    I concur...
     
  8. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Besides, the more you pull a component, the better you get at it. Pretty soon it will be old hat for you. :)

    I know I learned to pull the tranny from my car at least twice as fast as the first time. At some point it even stopped becoming a big deal lol.
     
  9. 79Beast

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    No need to pull the engine. Drop the oil pan, roll new bearings into the rods and mains. Reinstall oil pan. Install new filter and oil. Add magnet or two to outside of filter. Run for 20 minutes, change oil filter. Cut old one open. If it traps a lot of metal, repeat the process until it comes up clean. Change the oil after the first week. Proceed with normal oil change interval after that.
     

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