January 23, 2015My 2002 Dodge Dakota SLT`s (automatic 4x4) engine started making bad noises while driving on a roadtrip. After about 200 miles it REALLY started getting bad; out of no where my oil pressure gauge went to zero, so I immediately pulled over. The clicking/knocking noise coincided with the increased RPMs.
The truck starts, initially makes a bad noise, but the engine idles like normal. Accelerating brings the sound back. Anyways the mechanic wants 5000$ for new engine and installation. My truck is barely worth that! Anyways a friend said he would help me install a new engine. Could I swap out my 3.9L for another V8? If so, anyone know one that might fit my transmission?