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06-11-2007, 08:26 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm helping out a friend of mine who spun a rod bearing in his 2000 GA SE with a 2.4L. I figured I'd get him a junkyard motor to fix it. My question is, what model years of 2.4L will fit into his car? For example, if I found a 2.4L from a wrecked '96 GA, then would that work?

Thanks in advance for your help.


06-12-2007, 05:09 PM
It would be good if you could hear the engine run first - at least pull the drain plug and look for shavings on it.

I've done 3-4 of these engines and almost always it's the bearings & there is shavings on the plugs. Don't buy another w/ bad bearings!

Not sure on if a 96' would work or not. The PS pump should work, but your electrical connections may be different.

Visit quad4forums.com for all the info in the 2.3/2.4 quad 4. They could probably best tell you which will work.

06-13-2007, 07:37 PM
hey thanks for the reply, and thanks for the link. That helps. You mentioned that 3 or 4 of them had metal in the oil. Were the bearing(s) repairable or did the crankshaft/connecting rod get damaged along with the bad bearing? If i can fix his engine by simply putting in a rod bearing, then I'll do that.

06-13-2007, 07:56 PM
j-body.org they will know. I beleive in j cars from 96-01 or whenever the last year of the 2.4 was.

06-15-2007, 08:10 PM
That j-body website is a good one. It looks like a number of people have had rod bearings spin. Two of the posts said they changed the rod bearing then put it back together, then it spun again within 20 min so that answers my question, if the rod bearing goes, then the crank gets damaged with it. Another word of advice on one of the posts said: "Every year for the 2.4L had bearing problems (96-02). The problem is the oil pump spins too fast, and doesn't supply enough oil to the rod bearings as the RPM's go over 5500."

Looks like I'll be junkyard hopping and shopping tomorrow!


06-15-2007, 08:15 PM
2000-2001 Alero, Sunfire and Grand Am, and 2000-2002 Cavalier 2.4L engines are interchangable. In case someone wants to know this.

06-15-2007, 08:55 PM
I have a 2.4 and have 140k trouble free miles. Orginal motor, tranny, and clutch. Quite proud of that. And its getting tired :( Good luck, i like the 2.4's

06-16-2007, 01:20 AM
All years 2.4 are interchangeable. Just make sure you use all the accessories like alternator starter, all the exterior 'ish onto the replacement engine.

The only thing that is needs modification in 96to99ish models is you have to weld a nut for the knock sensor if it doesn't fit the thread..

06-16-2007, 03:49 AM
if your having trouble finding a 2.4 look around for a 2.2 ECO. alot of different cars have em and they fit right in from what ive herd. Plus ive also been reading that the eco was the result of fixes on the 2.4

could be wrong so check wth someone else too.

06-16-2007, 08:18 AM
2.2 is a great engine. More fuel efficient and more reliable.

06-18-2007, 11:06 AM
Hey everyone,

My friend got a used, 110,000 mile 2.4L from a wrecked '00 GA for his car. Those engines aren't cheap, nor are they easy to come by. His cost him $638.00. of course we were looking for engines specific to his car so we didn't ask about '96-'99 2.4L engines. Looks like I'll be doing a motor swap this weekend!

Just wanted to update this post. Thanks everyone for your input.


06-18-2007, 06:31 PM
you shoulda bought one with lower milage but if u were on a budget i guess its not bad