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How long does a big end bearing in a 2003 ford

I just purchased a car from a motor auction place and literally 2 hours after i bought it and drove away the engine started making an awful knocking noise and the oil light kept flashing. also it was stalling when coming to a stop. I had to get it towed of the side of the road at my expense. Now it has returned to the place i have bougth it and although it comes with a 3 month statutory warrenty and all engine parts are covered they are trying to tell me that it is a big end bearing that is gone in the motor and it happened once i had left the car yard by something that i had done to the car like the way i drove it etc.. so my question to you is can a big end bearing go within 2 hours of driving a car or does it happen over a period of weeks or months..

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A bigend can lock up within a couple of minutes of getting too low on oil. they can sometimes lock solid and if the engine is reving fairly high, the conrod can break and go thru the side of the block. If the engine was knocking when you first started it up, it was worn out previously. An oil light only comes on when there is no pressure, usually lack of engine oil.

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Do you mean a main bearing/ If so it sounds as if it was bad before you bought it unless you over rev'd the motor. The main bearings other than from over reving do't usually go just like that.

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