Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Central Illinois
Too much to do, not enough time...
Hello, my name is Scott, new to this forum (I do not have much experience in forums, so forgive me for any wrong doings). I have a 2005 3s MT hatch that I blew up (oops). The car experienced a large drop in power, and loud knocking noise, cylinders that have loss in compression (1-2 share, 3-4 share), oil in the cylinders, and I witnessed meal shavings in oil when drained. So I've got some questions (important highlighted in red, I don't know how to "shorthand"):
Seems to me that I spun a bearing(s) and blew the head gasket when the compression raised due to the offset piston...? First, what is the easiest way to remove the engine? I see in manuals to drop it from underneath, but some forums say to remove from up top. Second, I'm trying to decided to rebuild or replace. If I rebuild, I don't know how many part are still viable. Is the block, crank, camshafts ruined due to metal shavings... I dunno. Can a catastrophic failure like me... em, I mean this, be rebuilt? I'm more leaning towards buying a different block. I plan on doing refresh on the new block (bearings, rings, timing). Issue is, I don't know what fits. I don't feel like doing a swap (2.5L I've read about), rather just another 2.3. But what years? Every where I look I see 04-05 and 06-08 used engines. What's the difference? It seems I can't just drop it in, so if it is possible, what years will work in the 05 and what needs to be done for it to work (sensors, cams, and such)? Also, can a AT block work for a MT? What needs to be done to be able to swap them?
I've tried searching for them myself (seems that people get irritated about "repeats") but, as like everyone else, I am busy and can't spend hours diligently looking at a list of possible solutions. I can find bits and pieces of what I'm looking for, but no definitive answers. I have experience rebuilding engines, but only on old V8s like a chevy 350 and an Olds 455, so this swapping engines, sensors and crap are confusing to me. Again, please forgive my wrong doings here. I am happy if the replies are just links to threads that answers my questions.
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