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'93 Chrysler Concorde, Engine Noise

Q: I own a '93 Chrysler Concorde with a 3.5 liter engine. It has 109k miles on it. It has always been taken care of, serviced and was running excellent. Recently out of the blue it experienced a very loud banging noise. Upon inspection at the shop they found no compression on the #2 cylinder and the piston was seized up. It appears to be what I would call gold glittery flakes in the oil. What may have caused this and will a complete rebuild of the engine need to be done? Parts for this motor rebuild are very expensive...

- Dan & Rhonda

A: What may have caused it? That's the problem with machines. You can do your very best to maintain them and out of no where bang, all you get is pieces of parts. Due to your vehicles age you will want to evaluate the complete vehicle. How are the brakes, suspension & steering? Is there body rust? Is the interior in good condition? What is the current market value of your vehicle? Why these questions? You do not want to be rebuilding an engine and installing it in a vehicle that is worth less the engine work. Also, do not rule out a used engine from an automotive salvage yard, (my wife says automotive recycling facility but that doesn't work for me yet). A low mileage engine from a salvaged vehicle can be an affordable option.

 
     
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