Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Dodge Durango V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 140000 miles
I am trying to save some $$ and am going to replace my rod bearings maybe my mains as well. My problem stems from the removal of the oil pan which sounds easy, but it is blocked by all of my front drive assy. I'm worried about how to support the engine once the mounts are loosened. The front drive assy will probably be hard to remove but I'm more worried about the engine's stability as I'm a small girl and don't feel like having a body part crushed. I have read that the engine can be jacked up slightly by the oil pan with a block of wood, then the mount bolts can be removed and replaced (different bolts) when the engine is lifted high enough. Does the tranny need to be supported w/ a jack and lifted slightly too? Also how hard is replacing the main bearings w/o removing the crankshaft? One more thing. I am replacing the bearings b/c one has failed. Obviously this means there is now metal everywhere in my engine so I was going to flush 2 or 3 oil changes through the engine. I was thinking maybe I would do this before I replace the bearings and pump (the engine still runs well, not for long though). Do you think this is a good idea? How else could I get rid of some of this metal? Thanks so much!
have the same problem?
Saturday, October 17th, 2009 AT 8:11 PM