TIPS ABOUT HOW TO FIND A GOOD MECHANIC :
Most JDM engines fail due to incorrect installation. Since repair shops charge on the basis of hourly labor rates they make more money if the job is done quickly. There is no doubt that your mechanic wants to save time. To save time they are reluctant to do a detailed tune-up while installing a used engine or a transmission. Here are some tips on how to choose a right mechanic and what you must tell him before you hire him to do the installation :
1. Always ask him how many hours is he quoting for. They have a labor guide book that mentions how much time is required for each job. Ask the shop to show you the book so you can verify if he is not charging for EXCESS hours.
2. Ask him what will be included in Tune-up. Show him the Tune up guide on our website at the following link : https://www.usedjapanmotors.com/content.aspx?id=7 . He must follow our tune up guide while installing an engine or a transmission.
3. Make sure he replaces / transfers all external parts from your old engine as our engine is from Japan and has emission devices according to Japanese emission law. If emission devices like intake and exhaust manifold are not replaced you may not pass emission. You may also be required to replace / transfer crank or cam sensor, timing cover, oil pan or any other external component.
4. Find out which mechanic will be installing the engine at the repair shop. Meet him and find out if he is experienced and if he is certified. ASE certified mechanics are always preferred.
5. Always retain bills or original receipts of parts purchased by the repair shop that were used for Tune-up. The receipt will serve as a proof in case engine fails, which will help in determining if it was the mechanic's fault or the engine was defective.
6. Maintain regular contact with your repair shop after installation. Inform them anytime you feel something's wrong with the engine. As " Stich in time, saves 9"
7. If you hear any weird noise, if you see excessive oil , fluid or coolant leak or too much smoke, stop driving and inform the shop.
8. ALWAYS TELL YOUR MECHANIC THAT YOU ARE BUYING A JDM ENGINE. WHICH WILL BE SHIPPED AS A LONG BLOCK AND HE WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPLACE/ TRANSFER ALL EXTERNAL COMPONENTS FROM YOUR OLD ENGINE. FOR EXAMPLE : INTAKE, EXHAUST MANIFOLD, MAYBE CRANK OR CAM SENSOR IF YOUR ENGINE HAS ONE, PULLEYS, OIL PAN, HOSES, TIMING COVER ETC.
9. Always have your JDM Motor installed in a repair shop. Never let any random mechanic do it in his house. You may have accountability issues.
10. TELL HIM THAT YOU BOUGHT A LOW MILEAGE, COMPRESSION, LEAK DOWN AND OIL PRESSURE TESTED JAPANESE ENGINE FROM ENGINE WORLD USA IN HOUSTON, TX.
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