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    Default rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    on average? just incase i need to drive my car before i can fix it? if it breaks i have another car with a good engine i can swap over. just curious as to wether i can use it still till i get time off to fix it properly


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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    Entirely too variable to call. I've seen rod knock destroy a rod and put a hole in the block in under 50 miles, and I've seen cars drive thousands of miles without any extra damage.

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    Same experience here. Might kill it quickly, or very slowly. Driving on the rod knock also increases the chances that the components of the knocking engine will be even more useless. Not sure if your plans include using that knocking engine as a core for a rebuild, just something to keep in mind.
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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    It's a ticking time bomb, get it fixed one way or another ASAP.
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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    use lucas it will help a little if you have to drive it but the best choice is not to drive it.

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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    A Qt or 2 over full of thick Oil is going to help and try NOT to drive it at the knocking speed.

    I knocked my old NA on the return leg of an 1800 Km round trip and made it home doing the above no probs at all.

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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    I bought one with a hole in the block the size of my fist where #6 used to be and it still ran on 5 cylinders.
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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrimJack View Post
    Entirely too variable to call. I've seen rod knock destroy a rod and put a hole in the block in under 50 miles, and I've seen cars drive thousands of miles without any extra damage.
    its too hard ot tell try to limit the driving as much as possible and tear down and rebuild

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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    How bout ,dont drive it, & save your block from the big ass hole your about to put in it .

    I got 1 mile down the street & finished ith mains off
    best just to not even start it
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    Default Re: rod knock, how long will an engine last?

    all knocks are dif min blew up within 10 miles of when i noticed it sounded like a prop plane goin down the road (atleast thats what the cop said)
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