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First time posting so lmk if I'm breaking any rules. I have a 2013 NAV 6spd w/85k and seem to have spun a rod bearing (engine makes a deep tick, strongest at low throttle positions and mid RPMs so I figure its piston play instead of lifter tick). I just swapped the oil and found some metal shavings, and I'm not in the best financial spot so wanna see what options are.

To my questions:
  • Is it possible to remove the oil pump and replace the rod bearings without removing the engine? $30 for bearings seems a lot more enticing than $200 for a rebuild kit on an engine thats seemingly knackered, and I don't have a hoist or a lift.
  • If the engine is toasted, can a G4FJ with accompanying transaxle swap in with relative ease or are there more substantial differences in exhaust, engine mounts, accessories, and management to consider? I don't have all the precision instruments to do a rebuild and I figure a machine shop would need to get involved on account of the shavings, so a swap might not be much more costly and the turbo engines seem more readily available
  • Has anybody done any other swaps on these? I'm sure the farther I stray from the GF4D the more I spend, but kinda curious anyways
  • Any chance this is covered under the recalls? Those seem to only concern kappa engines, but 85k seems awfully early to spin a bearing
 

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if you caught it early and you're handy, chances are you can get away with just the rod bearings. although it really depends on the condition of the crank.
 

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if you caught it early and you're handy, chances are you can get away with just the rod bearings. although it really depends on the condition of the crank.
Yeah I suspect I caught it too late and the journal is probably marred, was thinking of maybe sanding/polishing the journal from underneath and just running a more viscous oil to compensate for the higher clearance. worst case is a spent crank stays a spent crank, as long as I dont throw a rod trying it
 

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Could certainly buy you some time. With older cars it’s cheaper to buy a block lol but not for these cars.
 
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