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checking an engine before buying

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by michael_antoi, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. michael_antoi

    michael_antoi Member

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    i'm about to buy a zc engine

    wats the best way to check an engine if it's not in the car itself, what sort of things can i look at to determine if the engine is in decent condition
     
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    formby learning in progress

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    ok leakdown seems ok to do without the engine in the car


    hwo do i do a compression test without the engine in the car?
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    You can't really... unless you can find a way to warm it up to operating temperature and hook a starter up to it. :) The leakdown is the best way to test it while it's not installed in a car or clip.
     
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    smell the oil, and plugs can tell you alot
     
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    Smelling the oil isn't going to do much for you if the engine has been sitting for a while.
     
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