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4.6 Hydrolocked; bent rod; engine swap?

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Old 07-29-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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4.6 Hydrolocked; bent rod; engine swap?

My daughter drove her 96TB through a very large puddle and hydrolocked her engine and bent a rod or something. What a racket. Engine will run but it is not drivable. It will tear itself apart soon.

I am contemplating an engine swap ($650 used plus misc. parts). I studied the manual and spent some time under the car on stands in my garage. It looks like an impossible job without car a lift. I donít see how I can get to the engine bolts from the trans and most everything else is so tight.

I this doable? Should I junk the car?
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the job is doable, have you looked to see if you can get to the bolts from the top? If you were closer I would lend a hand. good luck
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