How would I test an engine at a PICK AND PULL yard...

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Allison Meggison, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Allison Meggison

    Allison Meggison Junior Member

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    I'm wanting to look at a couple engines nearby on compatible prius' but I'm not sure how I would test it without a key and most likely lots of other missing parts vital to starting an engine. Would I need to bring a starter, a battery and a few other things to rig it myself?
     
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    You can’t. They don’t have normal starters.

    Either cross your fingers or buy from a reputable company


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    Most places that sell used engines will guarantee them for at least a little while (DOA warranty.)
    If the the place is too sketch to back up what they sell, then you're going to have to satisfy yourself with a physical exam, and truth be told you can probably determine rather quickly what kind of life the donor car led by running the VIN through all of the usual tools.
    You might get lucky and find...say, a 2015 with 30,000 miles and a verifiable service history that was totaled in a rear-end crash but that type of engine is going to probably get snapped up by a repair shop for top $$.

    Since you're in the California, I'm guessing that there are quite a few donor vehicles available locally, but in the end, how finicky do heart-lung transplant recipients have a right to BE?
     
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    + you could turn the engine via the crankshaft manually, to see if it has seized. Asides that, no way you'd know unless it is in the car.
     
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    Be aware that miles written on the engine could be marked down to make you “believe” those are “actual” miles driven.
     
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    at least with a guarantee, you only have to remove it and replace it again, easy peasy
     
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    I'd bring an oil filter cap wrench and pull the oil filter to see if there is any debris caught from the oil sump. I'd also go over the filter with a magnet to see if there is any metal there.

    Basically, you get what you pay for. You want cheap; you probably get an engine with many miles.

    A fully rebuilt engine might be the best way to go.
     
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    Buy an engine from a wrecked car, not a flood car. Make sure it was a rear hit, not a front hit. Don’t ask me how I know...

    If it is a low mileage engine (<75k or less), reseal the timing cover, replace the water pump and replace the thermostat before installing.

    If it is a higher mileage engine, replace the head gasket before installing.


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    I have always preferred rebuilt engines. O rebuilt all the engines of my clients. They last much longer, and you're even sure of the internals.
     
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    I agree with you that they are worth the extra money.
     
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