I've got a 1998 XE King Cab, 2WD drive with the 2.4L engine. 161K miles. Hint of an oil leak, may be a rear main seal. Drivable and dependable, but its days are limited. Considering just dropping another engine in - I'm horribly frugal, and so I'd rather just replace the engine / tranny than get another vehicle, if the numbers work out. Can do a reguild myself if necesary, but would rather outsource the actual installation. Would this be a waste of time and money? Suggestions?
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Re: 1998 Nissan XE King Cab - worth a new engine?
Just a guess, but I would say this truck ran low on oil at one time. The result is the crank bearings took a beating. You may get away with just replacing the bearings and a rear seal. This engine is amost 'bullet-proof''! Frankster016
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Two very likely sources for engine oil. You could have a valve cover leaking or a rear main seal. The best way to check is to trace the source of the oil. This requires a very thorough steam cleaning to remove all the old oil. Place an oil dye pack in the oil (about 3.50 at Napa and other parts stores). Run the engine for about 15 minutes and use a blacklight source and a mirror to check the back of the engine below the valve covers and closest to the firewall. Check out how the fresh oil floureces in the blacklight source by checking your dipstick for the color of the glow. If the back of the engine is dry and clean and your puddle is still glowing from between the engine and the transmission, you have a rear main seal and the transmission will need to be removed to change the seal. Spend the time on the diagnosis before you spend the money.
you can take it to pretty much any autozone and they will scan it for you for free and tell you why it is on. if you want to reset it, disconnect the battery for a few minutes, and reconnect it. that will reset it, but if there is something causing it to come on, it will eventually come back on