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Buying A Car With A Replaced Engine

Under both exceptions we are talking about swapping a damaged engine with the same type of a new or rebuilt matching engine (with a guarantee) for that vehicle. Swapping out a damaged engine with a lower mileage used engine (from a wreck for example) is risky and not advisable. Especially since some makes and models have engines that are known to have a high rate of engine rebuild history.

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What motivated this topic was a recent The Car Wizard YouTube video where the host and a special guest discuss what happened when the owner of a 2014 Jaguar agreed to an engine swap for his beloved sports car only to discover that even with the new engine, his car still had problems.

From the video, I would surmise that this was a case of a mechanic who was not organized when it came to all the nuts, bolt, screws and clips that come with an engine swap. Plus, there was a failure to ensure that everything was torqued as it should be; and, there was a problem with the wiring reinstallation (most likely one that required starting all over again with some phase of the engine swap) that led to a jerry-rigged repair or readjustment.

(2) If you do have an engine swap done by a qualified mechanic, just like with buying a used car you should have the work inspected by another mechanic afterward who can catch any problems before they become a major issue. You would hope that the original mechanic has someone to look over the swap as a backup---but you never know.

(3) Engine swaps are never easy---even when it is done with an exact engine replacement or a recommended substitute engine. In the real world you can (and should) expect some problems will develop that will require some repeat visits or work done.

While the above was primarily about same engine-to-engine swapping, less conventional but reasonable (when possible) is to swap with a similar engine, but one with higher performance. On the far side of this spectrum is engine swapping with a totally different engine which may appeal to some car owners.

For a good explanation of why less-conventional engine swapping is not for the faint-hearted or those with a limited budget, here is an excellent video where an experienced mechanic and expert on swapping car engines explains all that can go wrong and special considerations that need to be made when thinking about swapping an engine.

Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

It is no secret that vehicle troubles are less than ideal. The worst-case scenario for many drivers is finding themselves with a blown engine. So can your engine problems be repaired? Is an engine replacement worth it? Or should you invest in a new vehicle? The mechanics at Chapel Hill Tire are here to answer all of your engine replacement questions.

Maintenance services are preventative measures meant to protect your engine. At the first signs of vehicle trouble, you may be able to address your engine concerns with maintenance instead of repairs. The key here is to get your engine in the shop before it becomes damaged. Maintenance solutions, like engine fluid flushes, will also depend on the source of your engine problems and how severe the problem has become.

Maintenance can occasionally address early-stage engine concerns before they develop into serious issues. However, it is best to keep up with routine automotive maintenance to avoid any close encounters with engine damage.

Once your engine troubles have progressed into damage, you will begin to explore repair options. If your engine damage is contained to a single part or system, you may be able to achieve a repair by addressing the source of these issues. In a best-case scenario, you may simply need a replacement belt or hose. Larger systems, such as with the transmission or radiator, will be more costly to replace, but they are still less expensive than a new vehicle or an entire engine replacement.

If you are wary about installing a remanufactured engine, consider partnering with a mechanic that offers a service warranty. Chapel Hill Tire, for example, extends our 3-year/36,000-mile service warranty to remanufactured engines to give drivers peace of mind and protection.

The local mechanics at Chapel Hill Tire install both new and remanufactured engines. We also have FREE loaner vehicles to keep you on the go while we take care of your vehicle. You can find our mechanics in Chapel Hill, Cary, Durham, Raleigh, Carrboro, and Apex. We also serve surrounding communities like Knightdale, Wake Forest, Clayton, Morrisville, Garner, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, and beyond. You can make an appointment here online to get started with your engine service today!

For all other titled vehicles, the odometer mileage reported during the vehicle's most recent transfer of ownership is printed on the front of its New York State Certificate of Title (MV-999). If the odometer had passed its maximum reading at the time of sale, the description "EXCEEDS MECHANICAL LIMITS" will be printed below the reported mileage. If the actual mileage is unknown because the odometer is broken, or has been repaired or replaced, the front of the title will be printed with "NOT ACTUAL MILEAGE, WARNING ODOMETER DISCREPANCY."

First you must choose between buying a new car and buying a used car. A new car may cost more but will come with a longer warranty and no history of abuse or neglect. However, new cars depreciate (lose value) almost immediately when they leave the new car lot, which means that if you can find a well-cared-for used car, it might be a good bargain.

Often overlooked, the timing belt is a crucial element of any working engine, and it needs to be replaced every 60,000-100,000 miles. If it wears out and snaps, it can cause severe damage that could potentially total the entire engine. If you plan on owning the car for several years, consider replacing the belt yourself, or try to find a vehicle that has recently been serviced.

Tires: You can tell a lot from the tires. A car with less than, say, 20,000 miles should probably still have its original tires. Be wary of a low-mileage car with new tires, and check that all four tires are the same. If there are different branded tires on the car, ask why they have been replaced.

Structural components with kinks and large dents in the floor pan or fuel tank all indicate a past accident. Welding on the frame suggests that a section might have been replaced or cut out to perform repair work. Fresh undercoating may hide recent structural repairs.

From an environmental perspective, less energy is used to rebuild and replace a car engine compared to building a new car from scratch. So another side benefit of having your engine replaced is to be friendlier to the environment.

Our car is a 2016 that has an oil burn issue. The manufacturer is replacing the engine as they want our engine returned in order to diagnose the oil issue in an effort to head off issues for others. We have only had the car a few months and the issue arose within the first few weeks. We have made a request through the dealer that the manufacturer replace the car but we are waiting on that determination.

A few years ago a friend bought a loaded V8 Buick, only to have the engine replaced after a few months as it seized up. It did not affect the resale value; these things happen. Many Oldsmobile diesels were replaced with gasoline engines and happily served out their time as taxis. Since the cars had a generally bad reputation it may have affected the resale value.

The mileage stays the same in all calculations, and in no way goes back to zero. A new engine only adds value in the sense that the car is worth substantially more with a working engine than a non working one.

That depends on when the major part replacement took place. We had the transmission replaced under warranty on a van at 58,000 miles with a new unit. The work was done by a dealer. As we rolled past 100,000 miles, I considered the replacement a plus since the transmission was always 58,000 miles younger than the rest of the van.

This is because engine and gearbox wear happens when they are cold just after you start the car, while the brakes, suspension and clutch will wear out much more slowly on cars used for lengthy motorway trips rather than urban stop-start driving on roads littered with speed bumps.

Of course, as with any used car, there are pitfalls to avoid when buying. We caught up with Luv Datta, of Shire Car Sales near Bromsgrove, Worcs, for some expert advice on how to avoid picking up a money pit.

A bad engine can transform a perfectly good car into a hunk of junk instantly. The other components on an older car with low mileage will help it still hold value, even with a defunct engine. Take a look at our instant value calculator and see what your car with a blown engine is worth.

The best way to sell a car with a seized engine is to reach out to potential buyers in your area and compare your options. You might think a dealer would offer the most cash for your car with engine problems, but you could be disappointed by their trade-in offer suggestion.

If you want to sell your vehicle with engine problems, the best place to sell it is with an online junk car buyer like DamagedCars. DamagedCars will help you figure out the true market value of your vehicle in any condition, and we can pick up your vehicle and pay you in just 24 to 48 hours.

The easiest way to get rid of your car with problems and get paid for it is to use an online junk car buying service, such as CarBrain. We specialize in vehicles in any condition, including cars with bad engines. It takes just 90 seconds to get a no-obligation quote, and all offers include FREE towing and title transfer.

Your vehicle's engine works best on a mixture of air and fuel. Any debris or other contaminants that get sucked into your engine along with air can damage its ability to run well. That's why it's important to replace a dirty or dusty filter for a cleaner engine. 041b061a72


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