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how long does it take a mechanic to replace an engine?

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i'm not really sure exactly what type of car it is, all i know is that it is an intrepid.
i'm not sure i even spelled that right, anyway, i sorta need to know, so please let me know soon =]
thanks much.

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asked Oct 23, 2016 in Cars and Transportation by smyadmin

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I'm not a professional car mechanic and I've done a couple of these. Usually takes a couple days to disconnect and document everything (take pictures, mark parts, wires and hoses, etc).

Then to actually remove the engine, its another day or two.

So for a novice (and I'm not a novice, been working on cars for over 10 years), plan on at least a week to get the engine out (IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS).

What I have found is that it take a couple of weekends and nights to get the engine out and then about the same to put it all together. The elapsed time can be from 3 months to 12 months cause you're pretty sick of it after a while.

I also learned that its not worthwhile to do this unless the car is in really good condition. If the condition of the car is okay, then forget about it, not worth the cost or time. And after you replace the motor, its really not worth a lot more than before. So unless you're really persevering and focused, I'd pass on this opportunity.

Most people are happier buying a reliable used car and just driving it.
answered Oct 23, 2016 by moscl

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