Your Guide to Buying a Reconditioned Engine

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Your Guide to Buying a Reconditioned Engine

There is no real reason for you to sell your car owing to a stalled engine, because a reconditioned engine can get it going again. Good reconditioned engines come in near new condition and are ideal for cars that continue to sport rust free bodies, reliable suspensions, and efficient brakes. When you buy a reconditioned engine, ensure that it fits.



You can look for a more powerful car engine than your existing one, although it has to fit the vehicle's chassis correctly. Keep in mind the weight, as it affects the car's overall weight as well as the load the nearest axle supports. This, in turn, affects handling and braking ability. If the replacement engine uses seals and gaskets that do not fit perfectly, leaks are imminent, and such leaks only lead to engine trouble. The model and year of your car requires particular attention, as most cars evolve over generations.



Given that businesses that work in this realm do not follow any set parameters, bear in mind that not all reconditioned engines are as good. Good reconditioned parts have been stripped down before going through meticulous cleaning, and new components replace any damaged or worn out ones. For engines, they include new or near new bearings, camshafts, crankshafts, timing chains, pistons, piston rings, and cylinder heads.


What to Expect

Before a reconditioned engine hits the market, it should check positively across different facets. Cylinder heads should come without cracks and should go through testing to confirm the same. All belts, chains, tensioners, gaskets, and seals should be new. Measuring the camshaft for wear as well as straightness is necessary. Valves should have the right straightness and head thickness and should not have any stem wear or damage. Bolt and stud threads in the cylinder block should be clean, and replacing damaged threads follows. Reboring or resleeving the cylinder to hone it to the piston's specifications ensures a snug fit. There should be no damage to the sump.


Thorough Checking

As stripping down a reconditioned or used engine is not possible in most scenarios, check certain aspects. Undoing the oil filter and finding emulsified oil can indicate water contamination. Checking the dipstick tells you about the condition of the oil. A burnt smell can indicate a worn out engine or old oil, and new oil can be indicative of the seller wanting to hide something.

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