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Old 01-20-2012, 08:17 AM   #72
Mojo5
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Join Date: Jan 2012
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Location: Shelbyville, KY
What I Drive: 2002 dark blue manual transmission

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2002 with SPI

Bought a Focus to drive to work as a beater money saving car. Turns out I blew the engine after driving it for a month. Now the money saver is costing me money!
I haven't pulled the head yet, but sounds like I might have dropped a valve seat. Has 139K miles. I have never rebuilt a car engine before but have done a few motorcycles and 4 wheelers. I am looking foward to getting into this one.
My questions are:
- If the walls of the cylinders are still good would I do a head swap (ebay $230), and piston and ring kit?
- How would I know if I bent a rod?
- Do I have to pull the engine to do this, even if I replace the rods?
- In most cases is the lower end ok?

This is going to be a project for me and my two boys. I've got the time and I have something else to drive. Just want to fix whats broke and hoping not to have to do the lower end. I still want to keep it a cheap car to drive to work.
Any comments, pictures, step by step instructions will be helpful.
Thanks Mojo
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