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Replacing Rod Bearings...advice?

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 02:44 PM


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Looks like I'll be replacing the connecting rod bearings pretty soon in my 4.0...the knocking coming from the bottom/rear of the block is bothering the H*LL out of me! 
1. Should I replace the rear main seal while I'm down there?
2. Because I'm just going to drop the oil pan, how difficult is it going to be to actually replace the bearings?
3. Should I drain the oil BEFORE dropping the oil pan?
I'll be reading through about the bearing knowledge but if anyone has any experience with this job and could give me some pointers...