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Old 05-22-2018, 08:19 PM   #1
BobWolf
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Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Western New York
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2005 VUE 2.2L
2002 SL2
Default Head and block compatablity

Down the rabbit hole I went. Last fall I started a project rebuilding my daughters 2007 Ion 2.2 engine.
I opted to do an inframe rebuild. I’ve done this several times on cars and trucks without an issue. The most important thing is keeping everything clean.
Although it was time consuming all went fairly well until the moment of truth. I fired it up it idles and runs smooth as glass and it drove wonderful…… About six miles into the test drive I heard death knocking from the lower end.
Sure enough I found a low spot on the #1 rod journal. I had a local engine shop tell me to swap in a different engine due to it being almost impossible to get all the metal out of the oil galleries.
I have a 2.2 from another vehicle; sitting side by side with the exception of the heads they look pretty much Identical, smog pump, intake, exhaust, engine mounts, ETC. but it has the single coil pack on it instead of the individual coil on plugs and ths power steering pump omitted.

Are the blocks and internals identical and can I simply switch heads? I know the cam / crank sensors are one is in the head the other is in the block. The head I’m keeping the sensor is on the head.

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