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Old 12-03-2005, 04:15 AM   #1
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What determines when you should rebuild an engine, besides when it obviously does not run? Burning oil?

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There are other things besides not running that will make a rebuild imperative. Knocking from a spun insert for instance or very low compression in one cylinder caused by a leaking ring. However, I think you're asking about situations where the engine is not exhibiting a serious problem. That's a subjective question. When I was in college had a, don't laugh, Pinto. I carried a case of oil in the back. In the morning I would go out and put a quart of oil in it then I'd check it to see if it needed another one. Whenever I turned off the ignition, I would check the oil before starting it again. Clearly that's a case where a rebuild or a tall cliff (I really hated that car.) is called for. Most people that are inclined to do a rebuild wouldn't let it go that far. Other reasons might be for performance or sometimes just to get more familiar with the engine internals.
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Spun a bearing, rod knock, low compression... etc...

Burning oil? Just do the MMO/top engine cleaner piston soak.
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