3.5L start up rap only
I'm new here and I appologize if this has been discussed many times.
I just picked up the 3rd Dodge Intrepid we've owned , a 2002 ES 3.5L
with 172,000 miles.
The car is rock solid with NO rust and drives great.
The only slight negative I found when I tried it out was that for maybe a few seconds
on start up , it seems to have a low end slight rap. The car it self is in such great shape that
I bought it anyway.
I've changed the oil and only driven the car maybe a 1000 miles. It's mostly noticeable on
the first start of the day and barely there the rest of the day. I'm on the road most of the day
and it gets started a lot.
There's zero noise when accelerating from a stop light as I've heard some 3.2's with
bad rod bearings do that.
My question is ------ Should I pull the oil pan and check the rod bearings with this high
a mileage or would they make noise after it's up to temp also?
I'm leaning towards rolling a set of bearings in it just because of the mileage but then
I hate to spend a weekend on a creeper , on my back tearing it apart in the garage.
Thanks for any feedback , as it's greatly appreciated !!
I've been thru the 2.7 engine deal and had a 3.2 that I did put bearings in and sell ,
making the new owner fully aware of the scared up crank. I'm crossing my fingers
that this 3.5L engine has many more miles in it.