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98 dodge: rod & main bearings..318 v8 be replaced without removing

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Can rod & main bearings in a 98 dodge p/u with a 318 v8 be replaced without removing engine ?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  quickcar replied 7 years ago.
Hello, the rod bearings can be replaced without pulling the motor but it would be very difficult to do the main bearings without pulling the motor and flipping it upside down. You got to remember that you have
to remove the crankshaft and the trans has to come out and I you attempted this with the engine in the truck it would take at least two people to handle the
crank without damaging it therefore I'd recommend pulling the engine it'll be
less hassle in the end.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Could the oil pump be the culprit from the overheating ? would it be possible to some how push upper half of main bearings out ?
Expert:  quickcar replied 7 years ago.
I doubt the oil pump is causing it to overheat and it's probably a waterpump or radiator that's causing it to overheat. As for pushing the bearing out you can try to loosen all the caps and push them
out but be careful you don't knick the crank or
you'll have to replace it.