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2001 Cougar Rod Knocking in Engine

I was driving my car recently and it started overheating and shut off. I checked the oil resevoir and it was almost completely empty and continued to fill it up but when i restarted my car it started to make a ticking noise. I am pretty sure that I have a bent rod in my engine but have no idea on how to go about fixing it. I dont know if I should pull out the entire engine or if I can get to the problem without doing so. If it needs to come out should I take off the hood and pull it out through the top or drop it out the bottom. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • cory_clark20 May 24, 2009

    2.5 L V6

  • cory_clark20 May 24, 2009

    Thanks. I figured I would have to because theres not very much room to work with under the hood. Any idea how much parts and labor might run me?

  • cory_clark20 May 24, 2009

    Automatic transmission

  • cory_clark20 May 24, 2009

    Thanks guys thats exactly what I needed to know. You were very helpful and Im really glad I stumbled across this site. If I ever have any more automotive questions I know where to go.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Automatic trans or manual?

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    What size engine?



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Automatic or manual trans depends on how, and what you have to remove. You will need to remove your engine, but if it's automatic, you only have to remove the engine, and you will pull it from the top. If it's manual, you have to remove the engine and trans as one, and drop it out the bottom.
Once you have the engine removed, you can tear down the "bottom end only", and replace your rod, and main bearings. While it's apart, you might as well replace your front, and rear seals as well, so you oil will quit leaking.
If you intend on doing it yourself, you can get all your parts for $300 or less.
If you have a shop do it, you could buy a newer vehicle for a lot less than it will cost you.

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Your going to need to pull the engine. if you lost oil you most likely have a spun bearing or two. you most likely to completely over haul the engine.

Do not drive it if you want to save it. You are going to need to pull the motor and completely disassemble. Might want to find a friend who really knows what they are doing or just take it to a engine repair shop.

Could get costly.

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