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Can I run a car with a thrown rod?

In a word: No. If you've actually thrown a rod, that means there's already a lot of destruction going on. A thrown rod means a portion of the rod is being thrown around inside the engine. As you run ...
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Extracting piston rod's "wire" C clips

Those gudgeon pin clips are the fiddly type! .. Get a sharp engineers angled scribe or similar, and try to lever one end of the C-clip away from the piston just enough the get a small narrow blade ...
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If a car has a rod knock what is no good the head or the block?

There's no way to tell for sure, but since a true "rod knock" has nothing to do with the block or the head, you could most likely reuse both of them. You'd probably want to do some work to them to ...
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Outer Tie/Track Rod End Length Difference

What you are talking about will have absolutely no difference in how the part operates once the alignment is done. The alignment is what gets the front end to where it needs to be. Once done, you'd ...
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Securing rods for threading: how to avoid vice bites?

Use a collet block These are designed to take a collet and tighten down on a rod. It works just like collets in a lathe or the spindle on a mill. You can hold the block in a vise, install the ...
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Securing rods for threading: how to avoid vice bites?

Have some spare length, create the first thread, then use a couple of nuts to "lock" on to the thread, cut off the damaged spare then do the second thread on a virgin section. A lot cheaper than ...
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Outer Tie/Track Rod End Length Difference

That's going to affect the front wheel toe-in/toe-out. In other words, an important part of the wheel alignment. The question is can it be adjusted to the correct length by using the threaded ...
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Thrown rod in engine block, can I drive it one mile?

A thrown rod is (obviously) a very serious engine problem. It's possible that it won't even start at this point. It's also possible it will start and die after a few seconds. It's also possible ...
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Can I run a car with a thrown rod?

I was in the automotive repair business for 20 years. The simple answer is NO! However, it sounds as if the vehicle is still running (if the author is merely "afraid" it will "blow up" at a future ...
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Grinding/rattling Noise from engine accelerating on both idling and driving Suzuki G10 3-cyl Engine

The knocking sound (if that is the sound you are talking about) is likely coming from the inside of the engine. To properly diagnose the exact wear that is causing the noise will require some ...
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Thrown rod in engine block, can I drive it one mile?

I've driven a car with a thrown rod about a mile, but I was going 60 mph when it blew. There was a trail of oil from it puking out the engine. I couldn't really accelerate much because the engine ...
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Which one is: "REAR LATERAL ROD BUSHING - FRONT (INNER)"

The inner will be the end of the arm 48730A with the bushing 48409 and bolt 48703E. Not sure of your use of "top", but the inner bushing is what I have described.
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Rod knocking, out of oil, or both?

There is simply no way to tell, without tearing down the engine and checking all clearances and bearing surfaces. Adding thicker oil to mask the sound of failed bearing babbiting will not last long. ...
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If a car has a rod knock what is no good the head or the block?

Generally, a "rod knock" occurs when the clearance between the connecting rod journal and the crankshaft rod journal is out of specifications. This can happen for numerous reasons; most common reasons ...
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