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Engine Replacement: A Guide to Buying a Used Engine 

Sometimes you can get a very good deal buying a used engine, but as we all know, sometimes deals are too good to be true.

Your engine is the life source of your car, so it’s important to find a reliable solution when you need an engine replacement. Since you aren’t buying car engines everyday, how do you know what to look for?


Do you know what to look for in a used engine?

Used Engine Basics

Before buying an engine that is used, you will want to make sure that it has all the parts.

1. Cylinder Sleeves- consists of chambers where the pistons are located

2. Spark Plugs- creates sparks, which start the combustion process

3. Valves- intake and exhaust

4. Piston- metal cylinders that will move up and down

5. Piston Rings- creates a seal between the piston and cylinder

6. Crankshaft- alters pistons up and down

7. Connecting Rod- attaches crankshaft to piston

8. Sump- reservoir that stores oil

All of these parts should be accounted for and work before you purchase the used engine.

Low- Mileage Engines

It may seem like common sense, but many individuals sometimes overlook the mileage of an engine. Engines with lower mileage tend to have less wear and tear simply because they haven’t been used as often as higher-mileage engines, so make sure to obtain a free history report on the vehicle to make sure the information the owner is telling you is accurate.

Review the Warranty for Used Engines

If there is an extended warranty, you should definitely purchase one if you are buying an engine that is used. While reputable dealers will sell you a quality product, it still doesn’t hurt to purchase an extended warranty just incase there are any issues down the road.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to bombard the seller with questions. You want to purchase a reliable used car engine, but your main priority should be to make sure that it is safe. Find out if the engine is ready to be installed or if additional parts may be needed.

Are you wondering if you need a new engine? Take your car to a trusted mechanic to find out if you just need a little maintenance or if you need a complete overhaul.

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