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danb6177
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May 2, 2019, 3:27 PM

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Hello, I recently had a bad misfire in my 08 Silverado (160k miles). Brought it in and found that 2 cylinders were not opening, the lifts were collapsed. I also had an oil leak and the dipstick was broke. Broke as in not connected to the engine and wobbling around. So what I needed was a new motor and they ordered me a refurbished motor. I got the truck back and it runs fantastic. No alarms very smooth I was real happy. However after parking it in the driveway at a friends I noticed it was still leaking oil. I took a better look around and found that the oil dipstick was the same as before still broke and wobbling around. I message the mechanic and he said the dipstick doesn't come with a refurb motor.
So my question is does this sound correct? Does a refurb motor not come with a housing for an oil dipstick? It just sounds weird to me. Thanx!


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May 2, 2019, 3:42 PM

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I believe he is using the term refurbished motor incorrectly. What he actually installed was a refurbished long block. That is the block and heads with all internal parts but all the external parts like the intake manifold, valve covers and all external parts have to be transferred from the old engine or replaced new. that is the most common way to buy an engine. A "complete" engine is rare and far more expensive.



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danb6177
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May 2, 2019, 3:57 PM

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That would explain the issue for sure. I was charged 6k for the work, that's labor and all does that sound right?


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May 2, 2019, 4:00 PM

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That sounds a bit steep. It depends on what you got for that price. Did they replace the water pump, thermostat, belts, hoses, spark plugs, ignition wires (if equipped) and all filters?

They should have



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danb6177
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May 2, 2019, 4:05 PM

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So the belts are all new the wires and plugs/coils all new and possibly some other new stuff. I don't have it all in front of me. It was quite a list. He also did my upper lower control arms for 1100 extra. That was pretty much what I was quoted for them in another plus too. so 7100$ for all


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May 2, 2019, 4:11 PM

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He's not cheap but it sounds like he was thorough.

He should have noticed that dipstick though.



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danb6177
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May 2, 2019, 4:14 PM

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Also it has a 3 year warranty for parts and labor, Thanks for the replies I feel better now lol


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May 2, 2019, 4:36 PM

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Oh, that sounds like you got a Jasper engine. That would be the most expensive. They are a good engine though



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Tom Greenleaf
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May 2, 2019, 4:37 PM

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It should have been fixed with all the work. IMO included in that much work sorry if I missed it but did you ask why that is the same?
Many "truck" engines are used in other types of body styles perhaps a van so dipstick would be placed differently so it can be reached.
A ton of parts get swapped over probably that too but missed that to get one new. Why - bet bolted to an exhaust part or close it busted off and those didn't come with the re-done block and with heads.


You can find the part new or used high bet used may bust also if you pick one yourself that matches. IMO tough now as it might be a snag spot to drill out and fix the original hold-down bolt if sheared off flush you might still see that now.
It's a real problem with ones I know - sorry don't know precisely on this one how. Why - there's the typical is pushed hard in at the bottle with an "O" ring worse if busted off clean to get that bit out!


It's oddly quite critical as it too must seal air tight it's really part of the crankcase ventilation integrity - get me? Those vapors may or may not trigger a fault if you can't find a slight vacuum at open end up top of that tube is proof.
It's whacked but something that seems so basic can ruin an engine but take a little time.


That should have been perfectly fixed IMO is on them you've paid for a redo,


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