[s-cars] need opinions on rod bearings
rfitton at vt.edu
Sat Nov 14 21:49:32 PST 2009
Short chain of events... Bad wheel bearing turned into bad ball joint
turned into front subframe down turned into oilpan off to replace leaky
So my oilpan's in the floor and my rod bearings are the most exposed
they probably have been since 14 years ago. Car has 251k and change.
I've heard that much past 250k on those is borrowed time, though I've
been aggressive with oil changes and believe previous owners have been
as well. I even use an extra gigantic filter, roughly twice the stock
volume. I've experienced no audible signs of rod bearing trouble and
most any G60 owner knows what that sounds like. I haven't gotten in
there to wiggle them yet, but I also don't know exactly what to expect.
So should I replace them just because? Is it time well spent or do I
run a serious risk of tossing my engine's salad by fixing something that
ain't broke? I'm fairly certain I don't want to wait until they start
making noise, but hell, I dunno. This wheel bearing's already costing
me a small fortune.
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