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I just wanted to get some feedback on the best ideas for this situation. My 1.6 in my 94 Sentra XE cracked the block (aka new engine.) 1st cylinder locked up and cracked the block just above the oil pan. It had 183k miles on it. I have connections to another 1.6 with 145k miles on it. I know that im gonna use that engine, but i have no idea of how well it was taken care of. I don't have the money for an all over rebuild, and i plan on replacing the timing chain before i drop it in mine. What are some other things I should do while i have it sitting on the workbench? Thanks in advance.
 

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Bullitt said:
I just wanted to get some feedback on the best ideas for this situation. My 1.6 in my 94 Sentra XE cracked the block (aka new engine.) 1st cylinder locked up and cracked the block just above the oil pan. It had 183k miles on it. I have connections to another 1.6 with 145k miles on it. I know that im gonna use that engine, but i have no idea of how well it was taken care of. I don't have the money for an all over rebuild, and i plan on replacing the timing chain before i drop it in mine. What are some other things I should do while i have it sitting on the workbench? Thanks in advance.
you should replace all the belts and the water pump. Ummmm.....plugs, cap, rotor. Some gaskets, maybe head gasket and also check the comp before you install the new engine.... :thumbup:
 

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Bullitt said:
I just wanted to get some feedback on the best ideas for this situation. My 1.6 in my 94 Sentra XE cracked the block (aka new engine.) 1st cylinder locked up and cracked the block just above the oil pan. It had 183k miles on it. I have connections to another 1.6 with 145k miles on it. I know that im gonna use that engine, but i have no idea of how well it was taken care of. I don't have the money for an all over rebuild, and i plan on replacing the timing chain before i drop it in mine. What are some other things I should do while i have it sitting on the workbench? Thanks in advance.
Unless you're getting a really good deal, I'd look into getting a lower mileage engine.

I'd look at, and replace if needed, all the gaskets/seals(front main seal, rear main seal, valve cover gasket) and the timing chains/tensioners.
I'd also recommend taking off the oil pan, cleaning it and put on a new gasket(using liquid gasket). This can also help you to tell what kind of condition the engine is in. I found a piece of metal in an engine I got once, which I was able to trace to the timing chain cover(the timing chain was eating into the cover b/c the tensioner was bad).

Also the other things 91sentra listed, myself I wouldn't bother with the head gasket unless you suspect it's bad.
 

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Definently take the pan off and take one of the main and rod bearing caps off to see what condition the bearings are in if they look good lube them back up with motor oil and you should be good if they are bad or getting scored then you should really think of a rebuild. I too think that 145,000 miles is a little bit since you do not now how well it was cared for look around and see if you can not find a lower milage motor or save up and get a remaned engine or do a rebuild yourself on another.
 

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Remember you get what you pay for. There is always the option of ordering a JDM GA16DE motor from an importer which last time I checked was $475 plus shipping and they are already compression tested before sold and have low miles on them. Thats what I'm planning to do before summer. But I'm also doing the entire drive train including tranny, clutch, flywheel, and differential. Just ask yourself a question, "is the saved money on getting a used motor you know nothing about worth the risk of having to do this all over again in the near future?".

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Remember you get what you pay for. There is always the option of ordering a JDM GA16DE motor from an importer which last time I checked was $475 plus shipping and they are already compression tested before sold and have low miles on them. ".

Mitch
Linky? :cool:
 

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Just ask yourself a question said:
Damn well put. How desperate are you to get this car running is it your only source of transpo or can it sit for a bit cause if it can just save your nickels and dimes and rebuild one or get a used engine with a decent warranty. Also remember with JDM engines you have to convert all the Engine Control items from your USDM more than likely to include the intake manifold.
 

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please dont get those bullshit "JDM" motors off ebay...please.

look in junkyards for some motors with WAY less miles on them
 

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please dont get those bullshit "JDM" motors off ebay...please.

look in junkyards for some motors with WAY less miles on them

for real....u can tell the difference between usdm and jdm motors just by looking at them, but in the case of the link posted on ebay, u cant tell....u might be getting a full usdm motor...whats with the JDM motor craze anyway? do u guys even know what the differences are? i'll tell you....NOTHING besides egr equipment and higher compression(no, this doesnt mean more power :rolleyes: ) , the engine still puts out 115hp to the crank...whooptie doo. when it comes to transmissions however, there IS a difference....usdm ga trannies dont have lsd, some jdm's do..the jdm trannies also have different gearing ratios...
 

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Thanks for the input guys. About the engine, i am getting a killer deal, because i work at a body shop (and i'm still in HS, so funds are limited), and another sentra was totaled, so my boss is basically letting me have the car as a parts car, all i have to do is pay to get it legally mine. My car is my daily driver, so right now the only time i get to drive is when i can drive my dad's 350z. So it is pretty definite that i am gonna use the 145k motor, just because of urgency and money. I just need to know common and probably obvious problems about this engine so i can save time and money by fixing it b4 i drop it in mine. Thanks again
 

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for real....u can tell the difference between usdm and jdm motors just by looking at them, but in the case of the link posted on ebay, u cant tell....u might be getting a full usdm motor...whats with the JDM motor craze anyway? do u guys even know what the differences are? i'll tell you....NOTHING besides egr equipment and higher compression(no, this doesnt mean more power :rolleyes: ) , the engine still puts out 115hp to the crank...whooptie doo. when it comes to transmissions however, there IS a difference....usdm ga trannies dont have lsd, some jdm's do..the jdm trannies also have different gearing ratios...
The reason I suggest a JDM motor is because they are low mileage and compression tested before sold. I wouldn't get one off ebay I'd go with an importer. If anyone needs to know of sites I can get some links. Yes I know the differents is minimal if at all but that ain't why I suggested it. Yeah a junk yard motor maybe cheap but can you trust it? Thats my point. You can get a rebuild usdm motor however from what I've seen they are much more expensive that getting a JDM motor. Once again, I don't suggest them because I thing they are faster or anything, only because they are comp. tested, low mileage, and at a reasonable price. Now back to the subject, pretty much check everything that has been listed and you should be good. Good luck

Mitch
 
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