I did this to my Caravan engine trying to solve what sounded like a rod knock. Bearings turned out to be fine, but what you must consider is that the crank journal is going to be chewed up and will likely destroy your new bearing. At the very least you will probably have low oil pressure if you don't replace the crankshaft. If only the bearing insert is hammered out, there's a chance the rod journal will be ok, but measure it to be sure. You might want to install one undersize bearing on that one journal. This is a quick fix that I have seen work in the past for some people.
If you're lucky, the big chunks of metal got stuck in the oil filter and the small pieces are sitting in the bottom of the oil pan.
Yes, you can jack up the engine by the oil pan. The transmission mount is rubber and can flex quite a bit. It's more important to watch that the distributor doesn't bang into the firewall.
The best way to support the engine is to set a bar between the two inner fenders, then loop a chain over it and bolt it to the engine in two places or wrap it around the exhaust manifolds.
The bearings will slide out very easily once all the main caps are removed.
Good luck. Sounds like you know what you're doing.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 AT 2:34 AM