Why do Japanese Engines have low mileage ? Buying Low mileage Engines from Japan makes sense !
It is very expensive to own a car in Japan. Gasoline, Highway tolls, Labor, cost of repairs & insurance cost up to 4 times more than US. One needs parking permit before they purchase a car, average parking in a commercial area is over $500 per month. Japanese vehicles have less miles in comparison to the US. So, a 10 year old car in Japan might have 50,000 miles on the engine compared to 150,000 on US engine. There are no after-market parts, very few body shops and no Salvage yards like in the U.S. It is not uncommon to spend $150/day to use a car. Most people use their cars on weekends & take shin-kansen (bullet train) or subway to work. It only makes sense because one can travel from Osaka to Tokyo for just $100 by bullet train with no hassle of parking and expense on fuel. Moreover all Japanese cars go through a stringent bi-annual inspection called SHAKEN. The cost of complying with these tests can run as much as 30% of the vehicle value. Cars with minor body damage are considered unsafe. There are few cars over 6 years old in service. Cars are recycled early. Compound these costs with propensity of Japanese consumers to drive only the latest models. The result is vehicles with tremendously low mileage are recycled. Vehicles in Japan suffer quick depreciation as cost of repairs is extremely high. In fact, this is the very reason why car owners in cities like California, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Los Angeles are increasingly opting for Japanese engines in order to enhance the performance of their vehicles.
People around the world call them JDM ENGINES
& transmissions, where JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market.
What is our Ultra-5 Test ?
All Honda engines, Toyota engines, Subaru engines, Acura engines, Nissan Engines, Lexus Engines & all JDM Engines go through a comprehensive testing procedure, we call it Ultra-5 Test. Our Ultra-5 Test is a rigorous testing procedure that has been our password for success. This test involves 5 steps. Please read the about the 5 tests in detail below:
1. Compression Test :
When we receive the container each & every engine is compression tested. To measure the cylinder pressure, we take out the spark plug, connect a pressure gauge to the cylinder & the engine is turned with the help of a battery starter connected to the starter motor of the engine. Cylinder pressure is measured as pounds per square inch (psi) The cylinder pressure (psi) difference between all 4 cylinders or 6 cylinders (incase of a V6 engine) must not be more than 10% . Sometimes the difference may be more than 10% as the engine has been stationary for several months so the valves may be sticking. In this case we lubricate the cylinders. If the compression does not go up, we do leak down test to find out pressure leaks from valves, rings, block, or gaskets.
2. Leak Down Test :
All our Honda engines are leak down tested to check leaks between the cylinder head and the block and to find out if the head gasket is worn out. Worn out head gasket is generally sign of an overheated engine that may be the result of faulty cooling system or defective thermostat, water pump, broken radiator hoses or defective Radiator. We don't ship engines that fail the Leak Down test.
3. Oil Pressure:
Proper oil pressure in a used engine is great indicator of condition of the Oil Pump. Certainly an engine cannot be shipped with poor oil pressure. We use an Oil Pressure gauge to check the oil pressure and if required we ship the engine with another oil pump that has good oil pressure.
4. Sludge Check:
We also check the engine for sludge. Sludge means “ Oil build-up gunk ” which blocks the passages, which acts like cholestrol in human body. We open the valve cover to see any possible traces of sludge. Sludge build up occurs when Engine Oil is not changed regularly within the time limit recommended by the manufacturer. We don't ship engines that have sludge.
5. Final Overall Inspection:
The block is carefully inspected for cracks. Brackets for alternator, power steering pump, AC compressor etc are checked if they are not chipped or cracked All external components are carefully removed from the engine and all openings are sealed so the engine can be steam washed for shipment.
Just like an experienced doctor we use our expertise to test every mechanical aspect of our Engines before shipment. This is a task that requires great deal of experience, knowledge, patience and the most importantly "Time" . Therefore time we spend testing each item is intangible and can only be felt by our customers when our Engines keep their vehicle on the road for long.
We believe in the fact that even low mileage engines & transmissions can fail because it is quite possible that the previous owner did not change Engine Oil or Transmission fluid regularly within the manufacturer recommended time limit which can be the cause of early failure which can only be detected if they are carefully tested.
We offer expedited shipment of JDM engines to major cities in USA like Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York & to whole of Colorado through our distribution centers located all over usa. Here is the address of our distribution centers :
ENGINE WORLD in Dallas: Japanese Engines in Dallas ( Distribution franchise ) Find us on Google+
3523 Mckinney Ave,
Dallas TX 75204
ENGINE WORLD San Antonio: Japanese Engines in San Antonio ( Distribution Franchise)
8452 Fredericksburg Rd,
SUITE # 269,
San Antonio, TX 78229-3317
Engine World in California :
2355 Westwood Blvd # 825,
Los Angeles, CA 90064-2109
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