3.2 engine (woes)
Hello treppers: ok, here's my latest update. I pulled the 3.2 back out of my '01 trep, pulled the pan, and to my tremendous relief, NOTHING!!! So, I now believe that when I zinged the engine to 5200 rpm, I might have floated a valve, due to one or more rockers collapsing and the retainer clips breaking, allowing the steel valvestem discs to dislodge and get into the valvetrain, hence all the ungodly racket my engine was making. Gonna pull the covers off
tomorrow, and verify my suspicions. Also, the rear main seal housing I had to put on when I rebuilt this motor is different than the original (no seal strip on the oil pan mating surface): do
I need to get a different oil pan gasket, instead of trying to use a piece of gasket paper (miserable failure)? If so, if somebody can post a part number, I would be most appreciative.
Thanks again, and I really enjoy being a member of this forum.