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Old 04-25-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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hydrolocked engine

I hydrolocked my tj because the person before me turned the intake snorkle upside down(into the wheel well). The only thing that broke after going through everything with a fine tooth comb were 2 connecting rods, a piston and one of the rods punched a hole though the oil pan. The problem im having now is I cannot find an single connecting rod but the dealership has an assembly for 788$. I am a college student so i kind of need some options...

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You can probably find a used engine for less than that.

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Old 04-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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Remanufactured Engines by City Motor Supply - Domestic and Import

The 2nd or 3rd engine is what you need depending on year
http://citymotorsupply.com/domestic.pdf

By the time you factor in parts, cleaning stuff, and machine work, you'll be hard pressed to build one yourself for this price. I have built many engines, but by the time it is all said and done, I would save about 50 bucks doing it myself. My time is worth more than 50 bucks.I have ran several engine from this place, including v8's, 2 4.0's and 3, 2.5's. They also do engine for Auto Zone, Advance, and some O' reily's.
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nothing happend to the block or the head but you still think i should replace the whole thing?
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Had to buy a new connecting rod for the rebuild in my TJ the other day, ordered through OReilly's for $38. They probably won't have them in the store, but can order almost anything in-if the nimrod counter guys can't do it, find a manager.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:09 AM   #6
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nothing happend to the block or the head but you still think i should replace the whole thing?

If your planning on doing a complete rebuild, then sometimes it's only a few dollars more to replace the whole thing. If your doing it right and doing the rebuild yourself, then you need to have a quality master rebuild kit. You will also need to tear it down, have the block and head vatted(cleaned), have the head magnafluxed and check the deck clearence, have the block magnufluxed, have the rods removed from the pistons (not something most people are equipped for), have the rods checked for warping, cracked, or out of spec or replace them, have the rods pressed to the new pistons. None of this is something you can do unless you have access to a machine shop and know how to use it. You also need to have the crank turned and either hone the block yourself, or have it bored. Thats all machine work you have to pay for. Not counting the price of the rebuild kit and your time. Remember also when you do the rod and main bearings they need to be done twice, 1st time with plasti guage, then removed and checked for specs, then if it's all good you have to tighten it all back again. Like I said, on most of the engines I deal with, it cost me about 50-75 more to get one from them. My time building an engine is certainly worth more than 50-75 dollars. I found out working in mechanics a long time ago, to do it right and with quality parts, it's not much cheaper than paying someone else to do it and having a warranty.

Not saying anything bad about just fixing whats wrong with it, but with the damage you did, you need to overhaul the entire engine, not just a few rods and a piston. You also need to have a machine shop check for any other damages.

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