If you’re rebuilding your engine and you’ve run into some problems regarding replacement parts, consider looking into engine rebuild kits. You can’t get kits for all engines, so you might have to order parts individually, but if your engine is compatible with a kit, it might come in handy. They vary in price but are fairly affordable.
There are different types of kits available for Chevrolet engines. Each kit comes with different parts in it. The most expensive kits (Master Engine Kits) have more parts in them, including Pistons, Rings, Gaskets, Cam Bearings, Rod Bearings, Main Bearings, Oil Pump, Freeze Plugs, Camshaft, Lifters, Pre-lube, Timing Set and Valley Pan (if applicable). The medium range kits (Overhaul Kits) have fewer parts, including Pistons, Rings, Gaskets, Cam Bearings, Rod Bearings, Main Bearings, Thrust Washers, Aux Shaft Bearings (if applicable) and Valley Pan (if applicable.) The lower range kits (Re-Ring Kits) have the least parts included in them. They come with Rod Bearings, Main Bearings, Thrust Washers, Rings, Gaskets and Valley Pan (if applicable).
The prices range from as low as $89 for the Re-Ring Kits to as high as $699. For Overhaul Kits, the prices range from as low as $175 to as high as $979. The Master Engine Kits range from as low as $265 to as high as $1349.
Ford engine rebuild kits are similar to Chevy rebuild kits. The prices range from as low as $99 to as high as $495 for Re-Ring Kits. Prices for Overhaul Kits, prices range from as low as $185 to as high as $889. Prices for Master Kits range from as low as $319 to as high as $1649.
Honda engine rebuild kits are very similar to Ford and Chevy kits with comparable prices. They are priced as low as $264 to as high as $1338 with a mid-range of between $500 to $700.
Again, similar to the other kits available, Pontiac engine rebuild kits range in price from $227 to $1511.
Rebuilding your engine can be very costly. Before you buy an engine rebuild kit, it is best to consider whether it is worth it. Experts say that if it will cost you more than half of what it would cost to buy a new engine, you’d be better off just buying the new engine.
Take into consideration the time you are putting into the rebuild as well. Taking apart the engine piece by piece (some experts recommend using a video camera to document what you are doing so that you know exactly where everything came from) is time consuming and putting it together can be even more so. Is the time it will take to rebuild your engine worth it or would you be better off buying a new engine altogether?