Welcome to my first thread. In this thread I will be fixing my 02 Explorer. First some quick specs. 2002 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4.0- pretty much stock as far as I know. The problem is that the engine is seized up. SEIZED To have moving parts bind and stop moving as a result of excessive pressure, temperature, or friction (usually fol. by up ): The engine seized up from cold. The Back Story, I bought this 02 in 2006 with about 65k miles. It wasnt more than 1 month and I went to a car wash(the automatic drive thru type) and had a momentary laps of reason and ran into the bar that comes down. After a new hood, grill brace an paint and install of some make belive hood scoops it was back on the road. (2000 Bucks) At this point everything seemed to work fine. Early in 2007 my #2 son takes a girl for a ride and ran it in a ditch on the passanger side. Winsheild, fender, door, front roof post, mirror. I took it in again and with limited funds had the mirror post and winsheild fixed. Still have a crinkled fender and door. The door only closes if its closed while the back door is open. But thats another project after the current problem is solved. Between 2007 and 2009 replaced 2 broken axles and a broken spring. CV Joints In fall of 2009 after installing new brakes and oil change, Drove to upstate New York for a family matter. While returning, the rear passanger wheel fell off and passed me on the HWY, What a ride! I had to leave it in Ohio for a couple months and it was fixed for about 800 bucks. After picking up and driving home to Missouri, I noticed the 4X4 High light flashing. No 4WD at all. Another project after current repair. The Current Project So I am driving a busted up 2WD Explorer. Then it happens, I go out one morning and hit the starter and hear a sound.( Bump thump or something like that) The starter wont turn the engine at all. The engine is seized up. So I change out the starter for a junk yard one(20 bucks) and no luck it is still seized. I take out the spark plugs. I try spinnig the the engine with the Crank Bolt. I cant get to the bolt. The next thing I do is have it towed to a local shop for 60 bucks. The guy at the shop says the engine is seized and he suggested a replacement engine. after leaving it ther for a coulpe weeks and he didnt come up with an engine or price I had it towed back home.(another 60 bucks) Thats when I had the idea that I would fix the problem myself. So the search was on to find out what was going on. I found this site via a search engine and started reading tons of posts. Here are a couple that I read that pointed me to diagnose the problem some what. http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294832&highlight=timing+chain http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2419107 I just search and read and searched and read.!!! So I get to the point that I must take it apart to find out whats wrong. I started with basic engine removel things. Drain fluids and take stuff off the top of the engine. I didnt need to much know how to take it apart so far. Read more posts about engine removal just to see how its done. Just search. Now I am not a advanced car guy, I have a basic set of hand tools. These are the two special sockets I needed for Air Intake Plenum and the Valve Covers. Dont Forget the GOOP! Here is a pic of the parts I took off already, After removing the water pump the power steering pump and moving the AC unit to the side. Now I am at the point where i am taking off the timing chain cover. took off a half dozen bolts then saw that there are 5 bolts on the oil pan that had to come out. Still wont come off. So of course I did some searching and found that its all one piece. Ill have to remove the crank pulley and harmonic balancer. I can just barley see behind it an it looks like some palstic peices are wedged in. Now is the time for questions. Do I remove the engine or fix in place? My anwser was that it has to come out if I expect to fix the timing chain and guides. I looked up a kit and it comes with 4 chaines and guides and sprockets. With the only way to repair all is with engine removal. This is what it looks like now. To this point I have not removed the radiator.