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"I have had many engines built and have used many automotive machine shops in the Portland area. These guys came highly recommended from some guys at the Woodburn race track so I made the drive to there shop. First thing I took note of was how clean the shop was, to me this made a statement that they take pride in thier work. I was shocked at how quickly they said they could rebuild my engine, Dennis called me every step of the way to recommend parts that would give me better performance and even talked me into some better pistons which where less expensive than the ones I thought I needed. These guys were professional, fair priced, and even saved me money! I am very picky and am not new to the automotive industry. I will tell everyone I know about the good folks at DVC, they renewed my faith in quality and customer service. Thanks from one good ole boy to another!"

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If your car or truck is burning oil, smoking, making odd noises, leaking fluids, overheating, or showing other tell-tale symptoms, you should get it checked.

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A used car is often an unknown. Is it really any better than your old one? Do you know its inside story? Can you get a good warranty? There are good used cars out there, but remember you can buy a bigger problem than the one you have if you're not careful. Unless your current vehicle's body or chassis is really beyond repair, you should consider replacing the engine.

A rebuilt engine is a step in the right direction, but it is most often only a halfway solution. A rebuilt engine may have had damaged or worn parts changed, but other essential components may remain in "not new" condition. Even rebuilt engines with new bearings, rings, valves, and seals retain many older components, leading to shorter life expectancies for rebuilt engines.

The initial start-up of any remanufactured engine is critical. Performed correctly it will insure a long engine life. However, make a mistake here and it can result in immediate engine failure. Follow the steps below.

Cooling System
Start by completely filling the cooling system. In most cases this is made easier by removing the thermostat. Be careful on vehicles where the engine sits higher than the radiator, because pockets of air can become trapped creating hot spots that can cause engine damage. Make sure you get all the air out of the cooling system and engine before you start the vehicle. For more specific instructions refer to your repair manual.

Ignition System
Double check your ignition wiring and firing order. If possible static time the engine, this will help it start easier.

Fuel System
Double check all fuel connectors. Be extra careful on fuel injected cars that have much higher fuel pressure. Double check all vacuum routing connections. When in doubt refer to your repair manual or the vacuum routing sticker in the vehicle's engine compartment.

Lubrication System
The engine should be properly prelubed before it is started. This means supplying pressurized oil to all the bearing and wear surfaces in the engine before it is started. On engines where the ignition distributor drives the oil pump, this can be done by removing the distributor and turning the oil pump with a drill motor until oil appears at the rocker arms. A mechanical oil pressure gauge should be installed so you can monitor oil pressure during start-up.

Verify you have oil pressure (at least 20 psi) and immediately raise the engine speed to 2,000 rpm. Fluctuate the rpm between 1,800 and 2,200 for the first 15-20 minutes. If the engine fails to start quickly check your fuel and ignition systems again. Do not crank the engine excessively as this can cause damage to the bearings and camshaft. During this 20 minute period adjust the ignition and fuel systems to the manufacturers specifications.

After Initial Start-Up
Let the engine cool down (at least 3 hours) and then re-torque the intake & exhaust manifolds to the manufacturers specifications. Check the tension of the rubber belts that drive the accessories, they will stretch after the initial start-up and can become loose. A loose water pump belt can cause the engine to overheat. Change the engine oil. If your engine has a flat tappet camshaft be sure to use the appropriate oil or use an additive that is specifically for flat tappet camshafts.

You're driving along in your vehicle and suddenly a yellow light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. If you're like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or exactly how you should react.

This is the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "check engine" light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine.

It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible.

Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be a sign that your car is getting poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of pollutants.