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post #1 of 8 Old August 19th, 2010, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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can i change rod bearings without pulling engine?

My car has started making a ticking noise after if gets warm.... is sounds like a rod bearing... can I change them without pulling the engine??? If I can what all is involved and how long does it take??
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post #2 of 8 Old August 19th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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I'm gonna go ahead and say nope, you gotta pull the engine.

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post #3 of 8 Old August 19th, 2010, 11:20 AM
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It is possible, but you'd have to pull the K Member, and would be working in a cramped space, and hope nothing else is wrong while you're in there.

It takes less time to pull the engine and do it. I've started pulling the engine to do headswaps lately, it's just so much easier than working in the car.
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Yes, you can. It is easier than pulling the engine, first make sure that's your issue. Ticking could be a number of things beside rod bearings.

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Even thou it is possible and assuming it is your rod bearings making the noise(I have my doubts) The odds of just replacing the bearings being a lasting fix is low. you need to refinish the crank journal to do it right and replace the offending rod(at least the bolts)

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If its a rod bearing it will rattle from start up. You sure thats your problem? Sounds more like an exhaust leak to me.

But assuming its your rod bearing, pull it. You could half ass it and pull the K-member and pan. Then pull the cap on the rod, if you knew which one it was, and put a new one in. THe motor is probably going to chew that one up in short order because the journels are probably grooved and need refinishing. Have fun trying to talk your engine biulder into making that happen. When its all said and done, you'll have 5 times the time into screwing with it and it wont be fixed right. Just pull it, or fix the exhaust leak. lol

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indeed. could be a leak at the head/manifold
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as stated it can be done, but it leaves a rod journal on the crank that could be scorn/scratched and that will just repeat the problem you have now.

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