When a mechanic delivers the terrible news that the ‘engine’s gone’ or ‘completely seized’ most people would imagine that they have seen the death of their car even though the rest of the car might be perfect. When you consider that driving for any distance without noticing that the oil light has been on – or simply ignoring it – can lead to that drastic diagnosis then car demise isn’t so far away.
Although the engine is the very heart of the car many ordinary drivers don’t realise that replacing an entire engine isn’t quite as tricky as human surgery.
By using used car parts finders perfectly good reconditioned engines can be found for most makes of car wherever you live. By using an internet search site that links to yards up and down the country you may have a reasonably priced cure on hand with breaker yards competing to give you the best prices on all their used car parts.
Many cars that make their way to breaker’s yards have been involved in heavy accidents – which may have damaged body work and alignment but may not have touched the engine at all.
Depending on the car make and model, with the right tools, equipment and know-how fitting an entire engine can be a far more straight forward task than many seemingly lesser car parts. Taking the engine apart to rebuild it will certainly be more time consuming even if that is an option.
Because of the robust nature and precision build of most modern engines they are often unaffected by the damage that goes on around them destroying other less robust car parts. The age and condition of the second-hand engine can be assessed before it is bought.
Once an engine has been replaced and run-in there is no reason why the car shouldn’t continue to give years of reliable service. In some cases if an older engine has been changed the reconditioned engine may be better than the previous one.
Car dismantlers see an array of engines all the time and by utilising a specialised internet search site for used car parts you can get access to a huge number of second hand and reconditioned engines.
The loss of an engine does not have to mean the death of the car and may even mark the start of a new and more efficient chapter for it if the old engine was the cause of the problems. The replacement engine from a car dismantler may have be the new heart that the car needed.