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Manning Smith ASKED THE GUIDE

More than big end can bear

MY MECHANIC tells me the big-end bearing in my Mitsubishi Express van is starting to go. He demonstrated this by revving the engine and drawing my attention to a rattling sound when it was running at high revs. This noise has recently become more noticeable, and also at lower revs. I was told once the bearing goes for good that will effectively be the end of the car as repair is not economically viable, even though I had the engine reconditioned less than 12 months ago. Do you have any idea how long it might last?

IT IS impossible to say how long it will be before the bearings give up the ghost. I would be asking why you have a bearing problem so soon after the engine was reconditioned; take it back to whoever did the job and get them to fix it.

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