• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

Rod Bearing replacement, 2.3L

Dr76

New Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2008
Messages
41
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.3L
Transmission
Manual
I've pretty much determined that my "clacking" sound is rod bearings (thanks to all who replied to that post!). Now for the FUN part; doing the job!

I know that removing the oil pan is a definite NO w/o at least raising the engine... my main questions are:

1) How high must I raise the engine to remove the pan?

2) Can I use a floor jack on the crank pulley (with a 2 x 4)

3) Do I need to detach the tranny? (1993, 5-sp. manual)

Thanks for the direction!
 
Last edited:


BRUTUS_T_HOG

New Member
Article Contributor
ASE Certified Tech
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 26, 2008
Messages
2,222
Reaction score
35
Points
0
Location
Rainier, OR
Vehicle Year
89
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.3L
Transmission
Manual
do yourself a favor and remove the engine.

NEVER use a jack on the crank pulley.

you will need to unbolt the motor mounts and jack the engine up as high as it will go. and probably take off the EGR valve to gain some extra clearance.

its a nightmare job and removing the engine would be far less hell.

after all this work i STILL could not remove the pan after removing the oil pickup screen (it was clogged).

removing the transmission should allow it fully be removed, but seriously? if you unbolt the trans, just unbolt the motor mounts, remove all hoses and wires and pull the engine
 

4b316

New Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2007
Messages
588
Reaction score
4
Points
0
Vehicle Year
1995
Make / Model
ford
Transmission
Manual
I agree with Brutus,pull motor.
 

Spowerback

Banned
--- Banned ---
Joined
Feb 16, 2010
Messages
429
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
California
Vehicle Year
2010
Make / Model
FORD
Engine Size
v6 4.0L /
Transmission
Automatic
unbolt the trans(bellhosing), just unbolt the motor mounts, remove all hoses and wires and pull the engine.you'll need an engine crane
 
Last edited:

HareRazor

Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2007
Messages
321
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Age
34
Location
Montezuma
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
3.0
Transmission
Manual
If you are going to go through the trouble to pull the motor I don't know if I would go through the trouble to put new rod bearings back on the one you have. Most of the engines I have seen that had bad rod bearings have oval shaped rod ends, and the crank is usually tore up too.
 

Psychopete

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 10, 2007
Messages
3,201
Reaction score
29
Points
48
Location
FW, IN
Transmission
Automatic
Most of the engines I have seen that had bad rod bearings have oval shaped rod ends, and the crank is usually tore up too.
x2, using new bearings on a scored crank is not a good idea. It's likely going to need at least some machine work if that is really the problem. IMO, pull that out and get a used engine and save yourself the money.. Or pull it, take it apart, plastic-gauge your tolerances and check everything over.

Knew a guy who tried what you attempted and that crank just ate that bearing right up, threw a rod 2 days later. Engines are made to run, but one little bad thing can esclate into a massive problem..
 

Cassieross764

New Member
Ford Technician
Joined
Jan 23, 2022
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Points
1
Location
Oklahoma
Vehicle Year
2003
Make / Model
Ford ranger
Transmission
Manual
So is self sanding crank included in that diagnosis,just to be clear before I waste money
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Top