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Bearing on cam

The mechanic Says the bearing is going and he can fix it by droping the oil pan and replace bearing. can that be done that easy.

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You can not acess cam bearings from the oil pan. I don't want to see you get taken for a ride.

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oil pan has to be droped , in order to repl. oil pump.
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You didn't say how many miles were on the truck or if there was any clunking down around the oil pan. If your pressure gauge is wandering, your oil pressure sending unit may be bad. If the sending unit is OK, it is time to drop the oil pan.

You may have to drop the tie rod or sway bar to get it out. Check the oil pick-up screen for blockage. If it is clear, check the oil pump for excess play. Replace if needed. If the screen is blocked, clean it by soaking in solvent, replace the oil pump, drop the rod and main bearing caps and examine the crank bearing surfaces. If they are in good condition, you can buy .001" undersized bearings. Lubricate generously and reassemble. Torque to the correct setting, then put the pan back on. This job can be done by one or two moderately skilled back yard mechanics if supplied with a case of beer.

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If your mechanic didn't think it was a bearing or rod either, you should be safe there. He would know the sound of a rod bearing or mechanical problem like that, and if it is different from your sound. Beyond that and the oil pump, I just don't have any ideas.
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