Join Date: Aug 1998
Location: Waldorf Md. USA
Why are you replacing the rod bearings ??? If it is because of a knocking problem, it is possible that the one rod is distorted and will not work properly.
Is it possible that there is some dirt behind the bearing, it does not take much to lock it up.
By the way, axle lube is not the correct lubricant to use on an engine bearing. It is designed for a roller type bearing. There are lubricants that are designed for engine bearings.
Make certain all the rods are the correct ones for the caps.
John, on a 2.8 the rods can go on either way because there is a seperate journal on the crank for each rod.
Something sounds something else is wrong,
let us know how you make out.
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