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2001 Pontiac Sunfire Question: Should I get this repaired or should I buy another engine

 

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seven, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Beverly Hills, CA, August 24, 2009, 20:46
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Hello,

The oil was being blown all over my car every time I drove it. I took it to 2 different mechanics and they are telling me to fix a rubber that has come lose on my engine. The problem I have with this is I don't believe it will last. I don't want to pay money for a repair that isn't going to work. I got the opinion of a third mechanic which said I probably should buy another engine.

What do you think? Should I repair or buy another engine?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, August 24, 2009, 23:09
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    What rubber seal are they talking about replacing? How many miles are on your engine and how frequently have you changed the oil. If you have maintained your engine well and been changing the oil frequently and never over heated the engine your engine should be OK and worth repairing a rubber oil seal.
    Blow bye is a sign of a worn engine. Blow bye in an engine can be tested by doing a cylinder leakage test.

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    seven, August 26, 2009, 22:02
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    They said it is a rubber seal on the back of my engine. They said it has worn and that is the reason the oil is coming out.

    A year ago another mechanic said that I was going to have to get another engine because it was a lot of sludge in my engine.

    One of the mechanics that looked at my car said the engine was fine and I didn't need a new one just to replace the seal.

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    patrick mannion, August 28, 2009, 11:02
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    Sorry just checking my emails now and see your response.Its frustrating to get three different answers. The crankshaft rear main seal is what you initially were told was the problem, sludge in the engine is caused by infrequent or poor quality oil, its not ideal but if your engine still runs well and passes smog test, live with what you've got your options are replace the engine or replace the car both expense options. Ufortunatly you need another opinion.

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