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How to Find a Rebuilt Engine for Your Car

Updated on April 14, 2012

The worst nightmare any car owner may face is the need for a rebuilt engine or a rebuilt engine head. The need for either can happen rather instantly, in a glance, in a few seconds, if you timing belt suddenly breaks and you glide to a stop. The second it happens, in many motors with non-interference engines, serious or catastrophic damage occurs internally. Bent valves, jammed or damaged fuel injectors, pitted metal bits. That happens the moment the belt breaks and the faster you are going at the time-the worse it is.

Of course, the need for the engine or engine head may be over a long period of time and many miles when suddenly the horror starts. Many times, just the engine head is needed, that is the top part of the engine containing cam, injectors and valves. Depending on the engine, this is usually the cheaper router but not always. Sometimes the cost of a rebuilt engine head comes to $2500 with valves, cam. This is when the idea of a new engine comes in for only another $1000 or so.

If you cannot find an engine locally, your best bests online are the following:

  • Southwest Engines - 866-319-1058 - Their engines have a 3 yr. parts and labor warranty. They are in Wisconsin. Shipping is usually free.
  • Low Mileage Engine - 800-709-9233 - Their engines have a 6 mo. part warranty. They are in Tennessee.
  • Automotix - one of the larger Internet engine suppliers. They are usually the cheapest, depending on engine mileage. They are a 1 yr parts warranty. Located in Texas.
  • Power Train Products - 888-842-0023 - Their engines have an 2 yr. parts\labor warranty for used engines, and a 4 yr parts\labor on rebuilt engines.

Nearly all of the above ship free to the lower 48 states. They are all competitive. Another source to look at is Ebay, which always has engines from cars with frame damage or other that renders a great car into junk.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      Well, not all cars should be junked because of the timing belt, it really depends.

    • FGual profile image

      FGual 5 years ago from USA

      You are right, a broken timing belt is a life-changing event. Can't afford an engine? Junk it right then, end of story. My old minivan instantly went near Fort Lauderdale, worth little and got good use out of it. Nephew towed it to junkyard, bless him.