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Replacing Your Engine - What To Expect


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"New" Engines:

If you are replacing your engine, the process is not as simple as removing the old engine and dropping in a new one. Replacing your engine can be a long and difficult process; since as well as being big and heavy, engines are made up of a lot of little parts.  Also an engine connects and works with several other systems including the electrical system, exhaust, transmission and cooling system.

Since most people are not going to pay extremely high prices for a brand new or re-manufactured-rebuilt engine, the general process for replacing your engine starts with your car repair shop finding a used engine that fits your car.  The "new" used engine should have a warranty on it, should be free from damage, should have good compression and relatively low mileage, if possible.

Replacing Your Engine:

Once the right engine is found, the old engine must be disconnected and removed from the vehicle and the fluids are drained.  The new engine is dropped into the car and hooked to the transmission, exhaust, electrical and cooling systems.  In addition to the replacing your engine, new gaskets, seals, hoses, belts, spark plugs, crankcase vent valves and any worn electrical wires will need to be replaced, as well as fluids.  For a general idea (with pictures) of what goes into disconnecting and reconnecting all of the systems that connect to the engine when removing and replacing your engine, check out wikihow.com.

For brands such as BMW, MINI, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Land Rover, some programming will also be required after replacing your engine.  This should be done with dealer-level tools and software to be performed correctly.

Keep in mind too, that if your vehicle has a lot of miles on it, replacing your engine with a newer engine and connecting it to older parts and accessories does not mean you have a car that runs "good as new."  If your old engine had 200,000 miles on it, then all of the other systems in the car have racked up the same number of miles and some of these may need to be replaced as well.  It is recommended to factor in the cost of any engine-related components that may need to be replaced, along with the cost of the parts and labor for removing and replacing your engine.

For all of your European and Import engine repair and service needs, contact the professionals at DJ Foreign Auto Care.  We are located at: 2626 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Call today to get on the schedule: 612-567-5908.