i've seen and/or repaired a number of seized engines that had been run
dry. they usually lock up long before anything like that happens - so
i'm not sure of the authenticity of that diagnosis. that bearing had
been blown and then driven for a /long/ time for that amount of heating
and deformation to have occurred - it's no simple lube failure you're
looking at there.
talking of which, and further to our recent debate about timing belt
replacement, i finally got to pulling usable bits off the civic motor
that had died from oil strainer clogging and lubrication failure this
weekend. this is the one that died because the cam bearings had welded
themselves solid. well, not only did the cam belt /not/ break, it was
strong enough to have stripped the tooth off the gear that locks it to
the camshaft as the crank continued to turn. no mean feat for a rubber
belt that people are so afraid of breaking.
On Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:35:29 -0400, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"
That's real sad. I change it myself in the back yard. Use Castrol high
mileage oil. My S-10 has two hundred and fifty five thousand miles on
it. My son will be driving it for the remainder of it's time. CRV is
approaching two hundred thousand. ETC....
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