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  • Buying Used Engines Is Environmentally Friendly

    Buying Used Engines Is Environmentally Friendly

    When people think of used engines, a wide variety of things come to mind. You might think of a junk yard, salvage yard, an automobile dismantler, or a gangs putting vehicles on blocks so they can steal used engines. From talking to people over the years, the most common thought is that of a junk yard. They picture a big field with junk cars leaking oil and chemicals into the watershed and hurting the environment. There are a lot of misconceptions about where <a href=>used engines</a> come from, and I hope to correct those in this article. The use of used engines is in fact environmentally and economically friendly and thus, a smart decision. We’ll examine why in this article.

    Used engines don’t come from Sanford and Son Salvage these days. In fact, far from it. The most modern auto recycling facilities have made a science out of auto dismantling, and in fact, consider themselves auto dismantlers first and foremost – not junkyards, not salvage yards. Modern dismantlers receive vehicles and immediately attempt to run them to verify the integrity of the drive train; they take notes on the condition of all engines, shut them off, and immediately begin to to reclaim all fluids from the vehicle. This includes the oil, anti-freeze, gasoline, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. The oil is bought and recycled, normally into plastic. Brake fluid and powers steering fluid are recycled professionally once picked up. Many auto dismantlers use the gasoline and power steering fluid on their “yard buggies.”

    Once all fluids are removed, all body panels and mechanical parts are removed from the vehicle. At the most conscientious of dismantlers, used engines are “pickled.” There are several ways to pickle used engines, the most common being to pull the spark plugs and put a moisture displacing lubricant inside of it, turn the engine, and then put the spark plugs back in. The engine is then put on the shelf. When an order is placed, the moisture displacer is vacated from the engine by turning it over, and then the cylinders are lubricated with oil. The engine is then placed on a pallet.

    A similar procedure is followed to prepare all other useable parts, while the remaining non-useable part of the vehicle is crushed and then melted for metal


    That’s right – used engines come from an environmentally friendly process that has a much lower environmental impact than making a new engine or remanufacturing a nonworking engine.

    But how economical are they? Very economical, my friend. You see, the material in the engines, the machining – all prepaid. It takes much less manpower to remove an engine from a vehicle than it does to make a new engine or remanufacture an engine. Typically, used engines with low mileage can be purchased at 35-60% of the cost of a new or remanufactured engine. This means more money in your pocket book is left after an identical repair is performed.

    Used engines are green, financially and environmentally. If the engine in your vehicle has failed, and you are considering what replacement option you have, I hope this article has opened your eyes to the possibility used engines offer you to save your family money and reduce your environmental impact.

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