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2001 Dodge Dakota - Needs new engine?

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I am being told that cylinders 2 and 4 have no compression. It is a 6 cylinder. They want to replace the whole engine. Would this be the best way to go? I currently have 150,000 miles on the engine. It runs, but gets shaky at low speeds or idle. Do you know what a reasonable price is on a used engine and installation? Thanks for any help you can give.
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That would be up to you and how much work you want to put into the vehicle, how comfortable you are at working on the Engine, how much you want to spend, and what is causing the loss of compression. If it is stuck valves causing the problem it is a relatively cheap repair compared to replacing an Engine. Then again, you maybe able to purchase a relatively good replacement cheaply depending on where you are at. If it where me and I knew it was bad rings or a head issue such as a blown head gasket I'd just do the repair. If it is a cracked block then replacing the block is the only option. The bad news is you are going to have to disassemble the Engine and have everything checked. The good news is you have to do that anyway to replace the motor so you might as well find out what is actually causing the problem and possibly save yourself some money.

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Hello, does it run? sounds like there might have been an overheated engine. Does it knock? smoke? or does it overheat immediately.
If it is still running, and no smoking, knocking or overheating
i mmediately, you have eith bad head gaskets and or fuel injectors.

you should think about how the problem came to be. what happened in order for it to lose the cylinder compression.sometimes , not always if the engine is still running you might want to try a good head gasket sealer.
this is so you can see for yourself that the block and not the heads are bad. Once you remoce the enginge it wont make sense to figure what was bad, and an overhaul or a used engine would be your choice, I would go for a used engine, maybe with a 30 day guarantee and replace the oil pump, oil /filter and ( on a dodge , the engine mounts). other things to consider, freeze plugs, water pump ,rear main seal, valve cover gaskets.mostly gaskets, If the used engine looks clean, do only the oil pump./rearmain seal.)

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Not until you pull the head and make sure that the whole engine needs replacing, it could be something as simple as a blown head gasket.
A reasonable price varies depending on location, engine availability and number of miles on the engine. Your best bet is to call a few auto salvage yards in your area and ask for prices. You should also call a few auto parts stores and ask for prices on a remanufactured engine. You should be able to find them in your yellow pages under auto parts / used or new. A new engine is going to cost more than it's worth on a 10 year old truck.
As for the cost of installation ask a dealer for the "Flat rate hours" to replace the engine, it can vary greatly depending on vehicle and engine. While your at it ask their labor rate, then call a few auto shops in your area for their labor rates. If you ask at a locally owned auto parts store they can often tell who in the area is reasonable and reliable.

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If you go with a used engine, how knows how many miles on it, could cost you more in the long run, did they do a wet compression test, that will tell you if all it needs is a valve job or if it's the piston ring's are bad, I don't thing piston ring's or it be smoking all over the place, do you trust this shop or have you already had it check some where else, if it just needs a valve job it be about 75% cheaper then a used engine, a used engine will run about $1800 to $2200, with part and labor.Hope I was of some help, good luk.

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    Very helpful, thank you.

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