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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 05, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I tried to start my car the other day and got a nasty sound under the hood when trying to start it. After taking it to the dealer they discovered I have a broken #7 connecting rod. Does anyone have any info about something like this happening with there camaro or anyone elses?
I called GM and the they are going to gather info and investigate the situation and I have asked for a new engine. Any help will be appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 05, 07:31 AM
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a broken connecting rod...? just like that?
was the engine taken apart before?

did it happened when trying to start in the morning and the day before it ran fine?

If so, you better ask your wife/girlfriend/son/daughter or son-in-law what they did when they borrowed/steal your camaro last night.

A connecting rod just wont brake like that over night doing nothing

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 05, 07:50 AM
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Yes, what's the scoop here b/c they don't break for nothing???

I am not a fan of powdered rods but I sure wouldn't expect that...


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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 05, 09:11 AM
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Wonder if it got some type of leak that filled a cylinder with water. That will definitely bend a rod, and probably break one if its bad enough. Other possibility is coolant freezing if it got cold enough where you are at. That could crack the block and cause the same thing. Have not really seen any problems at all with the powdered metal rods.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 05, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, a broken connecting rod. As for leaks I didnt notice anything on the ground, I look for things like that. And it did run fine the night before(have no kids, girlfriend cant drive a stick). It was raining that morning and it wasnt that cold when I tried to start it. I guess I'll know more after they investigate it. What are my chances of getting it replaced?
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 05, 03:48 AM
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If its still under factory warranty, then the dealer has to fix the problem. If your warranty expired, then I think your paying the bill. I believe the engine needs to be removed from the bottom of the car, so labor can add up quick on a 4th gen camaro.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 05, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well, anyone no a good site or place I get get a rebuilt LS1 engine? Not trying to pay the dealer $8,300 for a new one.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 05, 03:16 PM
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Maybe now is the time to put an LS2 in there.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 05, 03:21 PM
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Scoggin Dickey Chevrolet will sell you one for 5-6K (maybe less) and a LS-6 for like 7500.
Is the $8300 the installed price?
I would look at Scoggin Dickey or Sallee Chevrolet (both have web sites).

You really just need a new bottom end (resuse your heads/intake etc) and that should be much cheaper than a complete engine.

You could get your motor rebuilt cheaper than a new engine as well. You just need to find a compentent machine shop familiar with LS1 motors.
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