4871Re: rebuilt engine break-in
- Dec 10, 2006The engine needed new seals...front and rear main were leaving small
drips in the driveway and others were seeping. There was also a very
minor miss and cylinder number 1 compression was a little low about 95
lbs. When I heard this mechanic had a 30K engine, and when I compared
the transplant cost to just having the seals done, i decided to go for
the newer engine. I have replaced MOST of the parts of this car over 6
years and it seemed to make sense to continue the restoration with a
fresh power plant versus new seals on a quarter million mile engine..
the car ran well enough but a 30 K engine was too good to pass up. I
don't know how much it has been driven but I suspect less than a
hundred miles. I haven't driven it yet. A friend picked the car up
just to get it away from this guy.... (he told me the engine swap
would take 3 days and he kept my car for 15 weeks...). He did say it
was "ready" (even though he did a job I didn't order). Hope this
helps, and thanks for your help with this mess.
When--- In bmwe28@..., "pld1952" <pld1952@...> wrote:
> --- In bmwe28@..., Guy DiCesare <guydicesare2000@>
> > Thanks. unfortunately, this guy isn't returning phone
> > calls or emails for over 2 weeks. A detailed receipt
> > was supposed to be left in the car but, of course, was
> > not. Think I'm on my own with the break-in. I'm
> > currently on an island in Alaska and he's in
> > California.
> > --- pld1952 <pld1952@> wrote:
> > > --- In bmwe28@..., "guydicesare2000"
> > > <guydicesare2000@> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > I recently had a 3.5 litre engine rebuilt on my 88
> > > 535is. It was
> > > > supposed to be replaced with a 30K used engine but
> > > the mechanic
> > > > decided to rebuild my 250K engine instead....
> > > without telling me.
> > > > It's truly unbeleivable.
> > > > Anyway, I will be reunited with the car next
> > > week. Can anyone tell
> > > me
> > > > the correct break-in procedure (I have to assume
> > > for the moment that
> > > a
> > > > rebuild was actually done, although I have my
> > > doubts). Any help would
> > > > be appreciated. Thanks.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Tell them you want a compression and cylinder
> > > leakage report on this
> > > rebuild. Also make sure the invoice has a detail
> > > list of parts (not a
> > > lump some) If it was a rebuild there should be
> > > plenty of parts. As far
> > > as the break in - they should be telling you how
> > > they want it broke
> > > in. Also I would take it somewhere else that can be
> > > trusted and let
> > > them tell you if it looks like its a rebuild, and
> > > have them do a
> > > compression and leakage test.
> > >
> > > Good luck
> > >
> > >
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> I need some more info - what was the problem with the original
> engine to make you think it needed a rebuild or replacement? How far
> have you driven it since you picked it up? How is it compared to
> before the work was done?
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