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Old 07-27-2011, 09:54 AM   #11
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Unhappy Ok...rod bearing

I'll start looking into that possible repair....

Thanks for the extra effort to provide your vehicle "engine knock" & to listen to mine...

Is this a DIY worth the time, $Money & effort for a vehicle w/ 245K miles...?
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:57 AM   #12
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Well...that depends on you and what it'* worth to you.

If a motor goes on my Regal (which I paid $1400 for a year ago) I'd toss $250 into a JY motor, then drop it in within a day. To me that'* worthwhile. I'll be putting a transmission in soon. It cost me $200 to rebuild it.

If you think the car is worth $500 and the motor runs you $300.. well, it'* all in how you feel about the car.
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Well, I like the vehicle & how it handles under normal driving conditions....the engine performed for such a long time...with relatively good mileage around 30 mpg highway...!!!

However, it is becoming a rust bucket...!

I'll probably just part it out or schedule a trip to the bone-yard. The tires, 'CAT', radaditor & transmission will provide a few $Recycled $funds...
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X2 on putting a $300 junkyard motor if you like the car but know it has a limited lifespan due to rust.
Then while it is still running you have time to make an informed decision about what you will replace it with.
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If you have the tools you can rebuild. Pick up a short block, and about $200 in gaskets.
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Where ya getting a low cost shortblock S1 Danno? Seems that a possible longblock is much less work .
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Around here they want $650+ for a running long block, and $200-$300 for a good short block.
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Dayyyyum. Glad I don't live there.

Here at the local "whoknowswhatyourpulling" yard. A long block/whole motor is $175. You don't really know anything about it, but I've pulled a few and had great success.
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When I called around they wanted up to $1400 for a engine, plus a core charge. No thanks. I can rebuild for far less.
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