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I think the engine on my 92 ford explorer locked up. I am not sure if it is the engine or anything else I was told that it was engine due to lack of oil

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If the engine has seized due to a lack of oil then it's going to have to come out for either total replacement or a complete strip-down and rebuild.

Given the labour and parts costs, and also the time factor, replacing the engine with a good used example is usually the cheapest and quickest option. If you're in the USA try to source one from a wrecking yard in the rust belt as they are far more likely to have donor cars scrapped to to bodywork issues rather than due to simply being worn out. Avoid "cheap recon" engines: they simply don't exist. A proper engine reconditioning takes time, skill, parts and plenty of money. Cheap recons are usually just any old engine, cleaned, painted and given new filters with a warranty which is as useful as a wet tissue.

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