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Old 06-17-2010, 01:29 AM
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New here.. I have a 97 1500. Engine started to rev (3500rpm)No power, just sat there. thought my trans was slipping, but once I let off gas, she shifts fine. Check eng lite came on. changed PCV and cleaned injectors. Ran fine 2 days. Then on freeway she reved again, no power... took back to mechanic. Check eng lite came on again, said #5 misfire. He said cyl #1, 3, 5 and 7 have a problem. Now the truck will not start. When we try to crank, the engine ran bacwards, unscrewing the fan into the shroud. WTF! I was told the engine needs a total rebuild at the tune of $3200 bucks! I am totally mystified... Anyone have the same problem?? The truck has 216,000 miles. When this all started... I was trying to pass a rice burner on a grade, heard a "POP" and thats all she wrote.....HELP!

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I'd look at your timing chain.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:34 AM
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Excuse me while I laugh myself sick over the engine running backward notion! I don't buy that for one minute unless this so-called mechanic can explain to me how the engine can run backward. You need to find a qualified mechanic that has a clue.

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I wonder if the gear at the bottom of the distributor disintegrated....
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Lots of this could cause the no start amd misfires but in order for it to run backward, the starter would have to crank the engine backwards.
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Welcome to the forum! I'm with Randy on this one. To my knowledge it's impossible to run a gas engine backward.
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Thanks for the response... I was going to pull the distributor and look at the timing chain, but I swear.. I saw this thing turn backwards for a few seconds...It looks as if the fan is held in place by a large nut(not me!) perhaps left hand thread, and it spun off!
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Did your "mechanic" say what the problem with the left bank was?
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