rebuilt engine prelude, noisy burns oil

Discussion in 'Prelude' started by oddvark, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. oddvark

    oddvark Guest


    I went ahead and rebuilt my prelude engine. the builder told me it be
    just like new. But it seems unchanged to me. I expected it to sound
    quieter but it sounds the same. It also burnt 2 quarts of oil in 800
    miles. The installer (different then the builder) says that if it
    continues to burn oil, there is most likely an internal engine problem.

    My questions are: how common is this after a rebuild. Also, I was
    expecting it to sound like a new engine as well, was this expecting too
    much? Someone told me that maybe the sound is the lifters. Didn't
    they replace this with the rebuild?
    oddvark, Dec 27, 2006
  2. oddvark

    jim beam Guest

    how much did it cost?

    rebuilds, unless you go for the expensive race-built kind, are cheap [in
    terms of quality, not price], nasty, and they give no attention to
    detail. the most economic way to get life back into your car is to buy
    a jdm import motor instead. it's not been rebuild by incompetents and
    even with miles on the clock, is still going to last longer than the
    average rebuild.
    jim beam, Dec 27, 2006
  3. oddvark

    Tegger Guest

    Bad cleaning job after boring, or rings installed upside down. Either means
    a complete teardown again. In the first case, the block may now be toast.

    Shouldn't happen, but is apparently distressingly common. Lots of poor
    rebuild shops around.

    You'll have to ask (they should have). The noise you hear is more likely to
    be pistons or bearings wrongly sized. The engine will need to be rebuilt
    again or replaced. Somebody fooked up here.
    Tegger, Dec 27, 2006
  4. oddvark

    oddvark Guest

    Well, I guess I'll just have to have talk with them.

    What about those "remanufactured" engines like from Jasper. Are they
    worth the price or just a fancy rebuild?
    oddvark, Dec 27, 2006
  5. oddvark

    oddvark Guest

    The cost was 1700 not including installation. Thats not money I'd like
    to throw away, and so I'll see what they can do for me before I try
    anything else.

    But just in case, any good recommendations for a import JDM shop? You
    have to be carefull with those too right? Whats the likelyhood of
    getting a low quality engine?

    oddvark, Dec 27, 2006
  6. oddvark

    Tegger Guest

    Forgot excessive bearing clearances. Those will cause excessive oil
    throwoff, resulting in oil flow that overwhelms the piston's oil control
    Tegger, Dec 28, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    loads of places online. if you can install yourself, they'll ship to
    your door. they come with warranty. likelihood? i'd say a good deal
    better than a dodgy rebuild!

    bottom line, it's not whether it's possible to rebuild your existing
    motor - it's whether it's worth it. most jdm imports are better quality
    [never been monkeyed with] and cheaper - nothing not to like about that.
    jim beam, Dec 30, 2006
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