I screwed up. I was moving from south Texas to Colorado and had a U-Haul trailer that I was towing. I was doing fine until I got into the hills near Austin and then had trouble. (The trailer was not overloaded and was less than half full.)
Going up a hill, my engine started clacking and I lost acceleration power. (yes, I was in overdrive - which I now know I shouldn’t have been). I immediately pulled off the road and into a gas station. Upon stopping, my oil pressure gague dropped to zero and my engine temp maxxed out. The temp was fine until I stopped. I let the engine cool off for an hour and made a lot of phone calls for help - eventually finding an AutoZone and Goodyear service center only 4 miles away that would see me. I idled there and they took a look/listen.
After listening to it for a few seconds, I was told that I had a problem they couldn’t fix. We put a compression fix oil additive in it to see if that would help. It did raise the oil pressure when cold and when running with the RPMs up, but after running for a few minutes, the pressure would drop to zero on idle. At that point, they suggested that I shouldn’t drive it anymore. I then rented a box truck and an auto trailer and trailered my truck the rest of the way.
I’m now in Fort Collins, Colorado and have a dilemma. I had a local mechanic look at the truck and he also agrees that I have a failed/failing rod bearing. (back of the engine near the firewall)
The question is to repair or abandon the vehicle. I’m not a mechanic and can’t do the repair myself. It has 158K miles and has been meticulously maintained. Unless I also damaged something else, the rest of the truck is in good shape. Is rebuilding the engine possible or even worth it? A rebuild kit is $600 plus labor. And, I priced a reman engine at around $2,300 - which with labor is more than the truck is worth on BlueBook.
Aside from the obvious recrimination regarding my stupidity and doing this to myself, I would welcome your thoughts or advice.