Blew up my 3.8 this morning…now what?
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I did a search, but couldn't find anything really. (I probably wasn't searching correctly…so I'm sorry if this has been answered before.)
I change my oil regularly. Most recently I changed it about a month and a half ago. No noises or anything weird that was noticeable. I left this morning to take my child to daycare and I hear a noise, then suddenly that noise becomes worse and it sounds like someone dumped golf balls in the motor. Soon after the Jeep quit running and wouldn't start back.
Got it towed to a shop. Motor is gone.
Bearing spun is initial diagnosis.
What's my options? I made a few calls. That shop is willing to do a Jasper motor with all the updates, fluids, tax, tow bill, out the door price at $5200. Dealership said it will be $6500+++ for Mopar motor out the door.
I called ATK and they said they are 5-6 weeks out on Jeep motors. Sorry. Short of doing a Hemi swap, what other options should I be looking at? Other companies???
I don't want a used one because they are notoriously a bad motor and this will happen again.
Just curious, what grade oil did you run in your 3.8? At what intervals did you change oil & filter? How many miles were on it when the bearing spun?
We're seeing this reported regularly on forums from folks who ran the spec 5w-20 and changed at the specified 6,000 mile intervals. Interesting to note that Mopars reman long blocks call for 10w-30, which is what the engine was designed for.
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Last edited by SoK66; 12-09-2014 at 01:58 PM.