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Old 11-24-2010, 04:53 AM
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Ok so I have signed up for this forum due to certain circumstances with my 2006 Dodge ram 1500 with the 5.7L V8 long story short bad moisture in oil weekend spent in -25C sat for 2 days started engine made it about 6km before dieing on the side of the hwy in -17 snowstorm, limped it another 6km on hmy keeping rps no more then 1k to nearest shop. Was told by shop lower engine metal on metal something broke real good guaranteed to have metal through engine no point in even attempting to find the problem so engine swap is only solution number of 7k for new mopar engine was thrown around will not have estimate till tomorrow for a used one also truck is about 4hrs away from where i live through some rough high mountain hwys so im looking into picking up my own direct replacement engine online found some for around 2grand with lower km my truck currently has 150k km. I plan on driving up this weekend and towing my truck back here to a buddy's shop and doing most of the labor myself what i need now is some direction as to things to take into account so I cover as many bases as possible i do understand that unforeseen problems can happen. What i was wondering is do i need a new computer for this engine granted my other ones not fried or something would the engine itself be all i need to replace essentially? also what seals? or other parts should i acquire before I start this? If i do go through with doing the work myself with some help I will keep this thread up to date with pictures as i will be needing them to remember how to put my truck back together anyways. So if someone has a good checklist or can point me in the right direction of one that would be awesome
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:25 AM
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It sounds to me like you've never done anything like this before . I would definitely have someone who has done a motor swap before help ya . This is no 10 minute job . Once you start this job , and if you get frustrated and decide to let someone else complete it , your not gonna find anyone who wants to get involved with it . It's tough enough for us mechanics to do these things ourselves correctly then having to pick up where somebody left off . Leave it for a professional to do . Stop by the newbie section and introduce yourself .
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You need to make sure the engine you're getting is an MDS engine from an '06 or newer model truck. As for seals, If nothing is found leaking on the donor engine. I'd leave it alone. Only replace what you need to. The PCM you have now should work fine.
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thanks ram tech thats pretty much what i was looking for and yes the donar engine im currently looking at is out of a 2008. And i relise this is not a 10min job i will be using a buddy's shop to do the work, where if any question on my behalf arise there will be plenty of help in the shop, i plan to do the work over a weekend or 2. I have very good common sense and will be documenting every bolt i remove with pictures and detailed separation I believe I am definitely capable of most of the work but thinking i will need some help with the tranny.
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