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Old 11-03-2010, 12:29 AM
VegasRanger02 VegasRanger02 is offline
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Exclamation Possible rod failure, suggestions?

I started another thread about finding a replacement engine, but i thought maybe i should ask for a diagnosis since a rod hasnt been confirmed yet.

So i was driving to school today and I started to hear a clicking noise from the engine, was not terribly loud but definately audible. It would increase in tempo as i gave it gas. The truck started to lose power. I kind of lost my composure so I did not monitor any guages. When I stopped at the next light, the truck began to shake violently (still did not monitor my guages), so I shut it down. When the light turned green, I started it back up. It was shaking the same, and the same clicking noise as I gave it gas. I pulled over immediately. As i pulled over the truck didnt have much power, and i noticed that i had very little brake power, so I definately was losing vaccum.

Im thinking a rod because of the clicking sound and power loss, but im not sure. My mechanic will be taking a look at it, but for now any suggestions?

If it does happen to be something major, I have decided to get a new engine. I have found a guy doing a 5.0 swap and is selling his 2000 3.0 V6 with auto transmission and ALL accessories for 500 bucks with only 54k miles. However, will this 2000 3.0/ tranny fit into myt 2002 ford ranger (3.0 with auto tranny) with out any hassle?????????
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:48 AM
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Default Re: Possible rod failure, suggestions?

Best to wait and see what the mechanic says. But CPS syncro failure keeps coming to mind.

Definitely do some research on the differences, but I would shoot for installing the 2000 3.0L engine to your current trans and "stealing" any parts off of the 2002 engine to replace any 2000 parts that are different. And replace the CPS syncro in the 2000. If trans is the same, keep it as a spare. Keep the harness around if you need any plugs.

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Old 11-03-2010, 07:13 AM
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Default Re: Possible rod failure, suggestions?

Maybe it was your cam position sensor that runs your oil pump. I'd check that
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:05 PM
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Default Re: Possible rod failure, suggestions?

if it was the the cam synchro there would have been a chirping noise, and a rod failure would sound more like a knock, ticks can be a lifter, a valve or possibly not even something in the motor itself. But it doesn't rule out the possibility of a rod knock still.

What i would suggest is trying to pin point where the sound is coming from and hooking up a real oil gauge but be careful not to run it any longer, becuase if a rod flys out the engine is done for good.

But based on what you told us, it might seem that it might be something else going bad that involved with the vacuum line, becuase a loss of vacuum would make your engine shake alot.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:32 PM
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Default Re: Possible rod failure, suggestions?

It definately shakes like hell. Its at the mechanics now and he is supposed to tear it down to night to find the issue. He said that cylinder 3 and 5 were doing nothing when he ran a test.

When i was driving it, it definately was ticking or clicking and increased with the revs.


So are the transmissions not the same, where can i find the part numbers/ or model number to compare. itd be easier to swap the entire unit, plus i thinking my transmission now is going, it hesitates back and forth (almost feels like engine braking and then letting off repeatedly when its trying to shift around 70 mph). Ive never pushed through it because i dont know what it is.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:15 AM
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Default Re: Possible rod failure, suggestions?

My mechanic got the heads off and some how one of the intake valve springs completely snaped in half, explains why that cylinder tested for no compression. The valves are pretty leaky so the heads are going out to a machine shop and im going to get new springs and valve rods.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:41 PM
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Default Re: Possible rod failure, suggestions?

Don't think tranny problem yet....If the engine isn't running correctly then the tranny won't operate properly either.
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