Engine swaps can be a significant investment into your vehicle. Our goal to to address the auto repair cost and process transparency.

A car grinding to a halt due to engine failure is a stressful experience. Repair costs can feel overwhelming, and sometimes a complete engine replacement becomes necessary. At T Autocare Takedown in Broken Arrow, we understand your situation. We offer a transparent and cost-effective engine swap service to get you back behind the wheel.

Car engine hanging on hoist
Car engine hanging on hoist

What’s Involved in an Engine Swap?

While an engine swap might seem daunting, our experienced mechanics can walk you through the entire process. Here’s a simplified breakdown:

  • Consultation: We’ll discuss your needs, budget, and the best engine options for your car. Here, we’ll present two choices:
    • Used Engines: We source high-quality used engines from LKQ that come with a 30-day warranty on our labor and a 6-month warranty on the engine itself. This can be a cost-effective option for many vehicles.
    • New Engines: If you prefer a brand new engine, we can work with Orielly’s to get you a new engine with a 4-year warranty covering 40,000 miles.
  • Engine Selection: We’ll help you find a high-quality, compatible engine that fits your performance and budget goals.
  • Engine Removal & Installation: Our mechanics will meticulously remove your old engine and expertly install the new one, ensuring proper fitment and functionality.
  • Modifications (if needed): Depending on the engine choice, some modifications might be required to ensure compatibility with your car’s drivetrain and electrical systems. Normally this would only apply to a custom swap.
  • Pre-Swap Inspection & Part Replacement: Prior to and during the swap, we’ll perform a thorough inspection of all related parts. We’ll recommend replacing any worn or defective components to ensure optimal performance and longevity of your engine swap. We’ll discuss these recommendations with you and provide transparent pricing before proceeding.
  • Final Calibration & Testing: Once the engine is in place, we’ll perform a comprehensive calibration and testing process to ensure optimal performance and safety.

Choosing the Correct Motor

Selecting the right engine for your swap is crucial. It’s not just about finding one with similar horsepower – you need to ensure compatibility with your car’s make, model, and drivetrain. Engine mounts, wiring harnesses, and computer systems all need to work seamlessly with the new engine.

While used engines from LKQ can be a cost-effective option for many vehicles, finding a perfect match is key. Keep in mind that extensive modifications to make an incompatible engine work can become very expensive, potentially exceeding the cost of a new engine itself. Our experienced mechanics at T Autocare Takedown can guide you through the selection process, considering both performance goals and budget limitations, to find the optimal engine for your specific car.

Transparency & Affordability Throughout the Process

We understand the importance of transparency throughout the engine swap process. We’ll provide you with a detailed breakdown of costs upfront, including the engine itself (based on your chosen option – used vs. new), labor, and any necessary parts identified during the inspection. We’ll also keep you informed every step of the way.

Want to learn more about the engine swap process in general? Check out this informative article https://www.uti.edu/blog/education/power-and-performance that dives deeper into the world of engine swaps.

Ensuring Smooth Operation: Parts to Consider Replacing During an Engine Swap

While a new engine is the heart of your engine swap, its important to follow an engine swap checklist. Several other parts deserve attention to ensure optimal performance and longevity after the engine surgery. Here at T Autocare Takedown, we prioritize transparency throughout the process. Our experienced mechanics will inspect crucial components during the swap and discuss any recommended replacements with you. Here’s a breakdown of parts to consider:

Essential Replacements for Peak Performance:

  • Engine Mounts: These rubber supports isolate engine vibration from the chassis. Worn mounts can cause noise and vibration. Replacing them with new mounts during the swap ensures proper engine placement and a smoother ride.
  • Engine Fluids: Fresh engine oil, coolant, and transmission fluid (if applicable) are vital for proper lubrication, cooling, and performance of your new engine. We’ll drain and replace all fluids with high-quality options.
  • Filters: New oil filter, air filter, and fuel filter ensure clean oil flow, clean air intake for optimal combustion, and clean fuel delivery to the engine.
  • Gaskets and Seals: Many gaskets and seals around the engine block and oil pan can become brittle or compressed over time. Replacing these during the swap prevents leaks and ensures proper sealing.

Recommended Replacements Based on Inspection:

  • Timing Belt/Chain: A worn or damaged timing belt/chain can lead to serious engine problems. We’ll inspect the existing belt/chain and recommend replacement if necessary.
  • Water Pump: A failing water pump can cause overheating. We’ll check the existing pump for leaks, noise, or wear, and suggest replacement if needed.
  • Spark Plugs & Spark Plug Wires: Worn spark plugs and degraded spark plug wires can hinder performance. Replacing these components during the swap ensures optimal spark delivery and engine efficiency.
  • Sensors: Some sensors, like the oxygen sensor or mass airflow sensor, can affect engine performance if faulty. While not always required, we’ll consider their age and condition during the inspection and recommend replacements if beneficial.

Additional Considerations:

  • Clutch (for manual transmissions): Replacing the clutch during the engine swap can save you labor costs in the long run, especially if your clutch is nearing its lifespan.
  • Flywheel: The flywheel works with the clutch. If the flywheel shows signs of wear, consider replacing it for better clutch engagement.

Transparency and Choice Are Key

We understand that budget is a crucial factor. We’ll provide a detailed breakdown of the recommended replacements and their associated costs. The decision ultimately lies with you. Our goal is to empower you to make informed choices that ensure a smooth-running, reliable engine for your car.

Let’s Discuss Your Engine Swap Needs!

Contact T Autocare Takedown in Broken Arrow today. We’ll provide a free consultation to discuss your specific needs, answer your questions, and guide you through the engine swap process with transparency and expertise.

Call us at (539) 367-3738 or easily schedule a car repair appointment online with our new auto repair shop scheduling software!

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