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Old 05-11-2006, 03:29 PM   #1
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In a 93 >assuming it'* not been driven into the ground, and everything has 'been done' on schedule<, with an engine at 280,000 how much longer would suspect it to last for? Would it be advantageous for me to pick up a parts car with a low time- low km engine in it and do the swap?
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Its hard to say... 280 Km? Is that about 170-200,000 Miles?

It may be worth it to have a spare low KM engine if you know of one for cheap... If taken care of and not dogged out they usually last a long time..

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My 93 was passed down from my uncle to my dad to me. The car is is FANTASTIC condition. Garage kept, maintenance kept to a T.

The motor failed at 167,700 miles.
Connecting rods in #1 & 2 cyclinder went.

It seems in my case to be hit or miss. This car was completely pampered it'* whole life, but the engine seized. Yet I've seen cars be abused up to 300,000 plus miles.

Whatever you do...good luck!

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Well, that'* a pretty open-ended question and there is no easy answer. It depends largely on the actual condition of the motor.

If you have really taken care of this engine as well as is implied, with regular fluid changes, etc., then then engine and transmission will tell you if they are still strong. Some things that you can do to roughly determine what condition things are in are:

- examine your oil. Do you burn oil? Does it smell burnt.
- examine your transmission fluid. What color is it? Have you ever changed or flushed your transmission fluid?
- examine your coolant/antifreeze. Have you regularly maintained coolant levels and flushed system as necessary?
- Check cylinder compressions. Ideally compressions from cyllinder to cylinder should be close in range to one another. Any major deviations should be noted as a potential problem.

Addtionally, are there any specific reasons for you to believe that it'* time to replace the engine or are you just not used to having a motor last this long?

Honest answers to the questions and detailed results from a review will help us to determine your current condition.
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engine life can be a hard thing to gauge... it can look perfect and yet go out on you tomorrow!!! really, your best bet would be to take care of it as best as possible but also be prepaired for it to go out on you... its up there, it could happen.
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She'll go 300,000 miles,,,i've seen it..........

keep up good maintenance,very important with that kinda miles
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- examine your oil. Do you burn oil? Does it smell burnt.
- examine your transmission fluid. What color is it? Have you ever changed or flushed your transmission fluid?
- examine your coolant/antifreeze. Have you regularly maintained coolant levels and flushed system as necessary?
- Check cylinder compressions. Ideally compressions from cyllinder to cylinder should be close in range to one another. Any major deviations should be noted as a potential problem.

Addtionally, are there any specific reasons for you to believe that it'* time to replace the engine or are you just not used to having a motor last this long?
No, not burning oil
I'll check tomorrow
yes and yes
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no, I had a chrysler that kept going and going... I just don't want to be in the middle of nowhere and have her die.
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And the mileage is about 174k miles
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i'm at 178,000 in a 92 SSE. I love this damn car. I'm going to make it to 300,000 and i'f I don't then I'll just replace the engine. Couple of questions. I got the compression tester but I've never tested compression before. Is there a write up somewhere or would someone be kind enough to give me a step by step. a little off hand but I've seen on this forum guys talk about a supercharged SSE. I would I know if I have one of these?
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Very simple,

1-warm up car to opperating temp

2-disable ignition so it wont start(pull ecm fuse or fuel pump, etc.)

3-pull a plug out,insert comp. tester

4- have a friend in the car holding the gas peddel down and then crank engine for about
5 seconds or like 4-5 comp. strokes.

5- proceed with the remaning 5 cyls.

record each reading,,cyls. should be with in like 10% of each other

thats how i do it anyway.........
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