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More than big end can bear

Asked by Manning Smith

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?

Answered by CarsGuide

4 Dec 2009 Carsguide.com.au

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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