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A Simple Guide to Buying Replacement Engines and Engine Parts

The engine is the heart of any car, and if your engine isn’t operating properly, your car isn’t operating properly as well. But even though these parts are very important, you can purchase a second-hand engine or rebuild it yourself using aftermarket parts from your local car performance shop. Buying a second-hand engine takes a lot of consideration though, as you can’t just buy the first one you lay your eyes on. In other words, engines aren’t always interchangeable. What this means is that two cars from the same manufacturer that are built 5 years apart probably can’t use the same engine. This is due to the fact that engines keep getting more feature-packed and more complicated. 
Before you start looking at a replacement engine, you’ll need to figure out whether the engine is a short or long block. Although different, you can find these variations on what is otherwise an identical engine. The difference between short and long block engine is the parts they include. Short block engines are designed for cases where the entire engine doesn’t require replacing, just a few parts of it, making it more affordable. Long block engines, on the other hand, come with all the parts, including cylinder heads, head gasket, camshafts, valves and valve springs. This allows them to be installed easily and quickly, making them ideal for any engine that’s considered obsolete. 
As a general rule of thumb, you should always check and make sure it isn’t a single part of the engine that’s problematic. All of the following parts can be subjected to wear and tear, making the engine malfunction or underperform:

  • Engine Valves – These parts are responsible for taking the fuel and air mixture, as well as for expelling the resulting exhaust
  • Piston – A part that moves up and down inside the cylinder
  • Piston rings – Parts that seal off the area between the inner edge of the cylinder and the outer edge of the piston, preventing air and fuel leakage during the combustion and compression processes
  • Crankshaft – Changes the up and down motion pattern of pistons into a more circular pattern, enabling pistons to do their job properly
  • Connecting rods – Connects the crankshaft to the piston
  • Oil Sump – Also known as an oil pan, this part surrounds the crankshaft

All of these parts need to be in optimal working condition for the engine to function properly. You should easily find replacement parts in either your local or reputable online car performance shop suitable for your particular vehicle’s model, make and year.
Furthermore, it’s important to check the replacement engine’s shell for extensive wear and tear. If you’re buying a second-hand engine, there will probably be some wear and tear, but too much of it is a clear warning sign. Additionally, check for cracks and make sure all the bolts and nuts are properly fastened. Common “symptoms” of long-term wear and tear on an engine that are obvious tell-tale signs that you shouldn’t buy that particular engine are:

  • Rust, discoloured oil and oil foam on the dipstick are clear signs that coolant or water has entered the engine’s oil chamber
  • Contaminants on rockers found on the underside of the oil cap
  • Rust build-up on the spark plugs and thermostat housing
  • The motor doesn’t spin freely when the crank pulley is spun
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If you aren’t capable of testing out the engine yourself, ask the person selling it to you for a full-service history. Moreover, ask whether some parts have been replaced, and check how many kilometres the engine has on it. Obviously, you should also ask whether the engine has ever had some known issues. 
Lastly, you should become aware of whether the engine you’re looking to buy is salvage or rebuilt. A salvaged engine is an engine taken from a car that’s either too old to use or it’s been in an accident. In some cases, these engines will be in great working condition, as they might have been on the road for just a couple of years, making them easy to evaluate. Rebuilt engines are difficult to evaluate, so it’s highly recommended that you only get one from a credible source. Some of the rebuilt engines from private sellers are less than great.
That being said, you have to be very thorough when buying a replacement engine or replacement engine parts. Together with the brake system, your engine is the most important component of operating your vehicle safely. If you’re unsure about anything, consult with your local mechanic or dealership. Also, when deciding who to buy from, it’s always worth doing some homework and reading online reviews and testimonials of past customers with the company or people you intend on dealing with. The engine and engine parts aren’t the most affordable parts, and getting the right replacement parts and the engine is essential to the performance and safety of your vehicle on the road.

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Simple Guide to 4×4 Chassis Protection: Must-Have Accessories

When you are into 4WDing, everything needs to be tougher, harder, meaner. It is completely logical for your ride to be exposed to more wear than regular vehicles. The top threat to your chassis on a well-marked highway is a collision with another vehicle on the road and we know how to prevent that. But driving a 4×4 on an off-road adventure poses another bag of problems, hence the need for better protection.

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A Simple Guide to Headlight Covers and How to Maintain Them

Your vehicle’s headlights are one of the parts that are most susceptible to damage in the event of a collision. Headlight covers are an accessory that can add a bit of extra protection to the headlight, as well as change how your vehicle looks. Many people don’t pay attention to the state of their headlight covers as they do to the headlight bulbs. As a result, they end up with dimmed or damaged headlights. When neglected, the cover can become cloudy or discoloured, which can affect how much illumination your headlights emit. Most people think the headlights in their vehicles are one single part, when in reality, they’re made up of several. The overall performance and effectiveness of a headlight depend on how well all these parts work together. The most important parts of a headlight include:

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A Simple Guide to Replacing, Adjusting & Cleaning Aftermarket Headlights

If you need new automotive parts you can choose to go to an official car dealership or a company that makes aftermarket parts. Dealerships have what are known as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts which are made by the manufacturer of your vehicle. Aftermarket parts are sold by a different company but the they are made with the same specifications as OEM parts. Aftermarket parts are brand new and often come at a more affordable price than OEM parts. The advantage of aftermarket parts is that there is a lot more to choose from and if you know what to look for, you can even find parts that exceed the quality of an OEM component. The same goes for headlights which like other aftermarket parts need to be put to use and configured on your own.

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A Simple Guide to Buying New Brake Discs and Pads

The braking system of your Honda accord is one of the most important safety elements, which is why you need to inspect its components on a regular basis. Worn down brake components, like Honda Accord brake pads and discs, can reduce your vehicle’s ability to brake and stop, leading to a greater risk of accidents. But how do you know when to replace the brake discs and pads? There are a few signs that indicate your brakes are worn.

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A Simple Guide to Braking Systems: Drum Vs. Disc Brakes

Most of us take our car’s braking system for granted, especially when it is working properly and keep us and everyone else around us safe. Most drivers don’t put much thought into their ride’s brakes unless they start hearing a squealing sound or experience a slow response time which may lead to an accident. In order to prevent that from happening, it’s best that you learn more about these components. The best way to do so is to learn the difference between brake pads and brake shoe parts. Why? Because these are the parts that most commonly wear down, and you’ll need to replace them more frequently than any other part of the brake system.

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A Simple Guide to Buying Wheel Hub Assemblies

As someone who spends a lot of money venturing the Australian backcountry, I also spend a lot of time making sure my car runs properly because the last thing I want is to get stuck in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of kilometres away from civilisation. A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a new wheel hub assembly online, as mine were worn down from all the use and abuse I’ve put them through. I was really excited about getting them before my next trip, however, what I really got was “brand equipment” that was completely fake, and the hub assembly wasn’t even the right size. I asked for a refund, but the retailer never got back to me. So I had to take an L and order a new hub assembly from a vendor that I actually put some research into.

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A Simple Guide to Buying a Subaru Liberty Exhaust

We all know how complicated shopping for aftermarket parts can be, especially for the ones that can contribute to your Subaru Liberty’s performance. That’s the case for most owners when shopping for an exhaust system for their precious ride. But what makes aftermarket exhaust systems one of the most popular performance upgrades? Well, the truth of the matter is, performance exhaust systems are built differently than their stock counterparts and they are designed in a way to effectively promote exhaust scavenging, reduce power-robbing restriction, and ultimately free up more horsepower.

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A Simple Guide to Installing Your New Exhaust Header All by Yourself

For a lot of people, it’s intimidating to even think about changing car parts on their own, which is why most of them usually opt to rely on a mechanic. Not that this is something bad, but you will definitely learn more about your vehicle by replacing parts on your own. Even if you don’t have enough experience, success is not that far away, as you will only need a good guide to install your new header and some spare time. If time is not a problem for you, get ready to get your hands dirty because, in today’s blog post, I’ll explain it to you how it’s done. Read More →

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