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Engine knocking hard in lower part

I have a 96' firebird automatic trans. i was on the freeway and the car over heated then as i slowed the car cut off coolant got all over the battery it started right back up but with a load knocking sound, no oil was leaking or water from under the car, i'm guessing i threw a rod? should i have the engine replaced or rebuilt? i love the car and want to keep it!

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Replaced the old one could do it again

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