Q. How long will it take to get an engine?
A. We work with some of the largest shipping carriers in the country. In most cases we can get your engine to you in about 3 to 5 days in the continental US. We also have to locations two better serve you.
Q. How much is shipping?
A. Shipping is $300 to most continental areas—lift gates add $150.00.
Q. How do I get the engine off the truck?
A. You are responsible to configure a way of removing it from the truck. You can pick it up at your local trucking terminal for a reduced shipping charge. They can load it into a pick up truck for you or you can have it delivered to your location with a lift gate. ( This will cost more )
Q. Who is Budget Engine Rebuilders Inc. and or Chicago Engine’s warranty through?
A. Our warranties are kept in house to assure the best possible service.
Q. Do you carry high performance engines?
Q. Who remanufactures for Budget Engine Rebuilders Inc and or Chicago Engines’ engines?
A. Budget Engine Rebuilders Inc. and or Chicago Engines which is owned and operated by Budget Engine Rebuilders of Chicago, Illinois.
Q. Do you carry Marine Engines?
A. We have a complete line of marine inboard engines only. (See our Marine Engines page )
Q. If I do not install what I buy, can I return it?
A. If you do not install the unit you may return it! There will be a 30% restocking charge and you will be responsible for all shipping costs. Make sure you need and want it, before you order!
Q. Do you have accessories kits like water pump, belts, hoses, etc.?
A. No, these are available from your local parts suppliers.
Q. What forms of payment do you take?
A. We accept Visa, M/C, Discover, bank/cashier's check, EFT and will charge an additional 3% for all credit card transactions.
Q. Are there any hidden costs or fees that I don’t know about?
A. We will do are best to give you the closest total cost before shipping.
Q. Will you remanufacture my engine?
A. Yes, we do many older engines and forklift and industrial models this way.
Q. Do you have payment plans or open accounts?
A. All of our units are shipped on a pre-pay basis. This helps give you the lowest price possible. We have no open accounts and payment must be made in full before delivery is made.
Q. What happens if I have a warranty issue?
A. Budget Engine Rebuilders Inc. and or Chicago Engines has a staff of experienced people to handle your warranty needs quickly and efficiently. Call us so we can start an investigation into the cause of your problem.
Q. Exactly what is a Core?
Another frequent question we receive almost daily! A “core” is automotive jargon for a worn out component, in this case, engine, that may be rebuilt, remanufactured or replaced. Remanufactures rely heavily on cores as their basic raw material. In order to efficiently (and economically) remanufacture engines, major components such as the crankshaft, cylinder head(s) and engine blocks must be completely re-machined to OEM specifications, fitted with new replacement parts and re-used in the remanufacturing process. What all of this means to the prospective engine buyer is that your supplier will normally require a core deposit which will be held until your (eligible) original engine is returned to them. Please see Core Return Instructions included with each engine or call for complete details. (See Core Return Policy page)
Q. What’s a Long Block and how is it different from a Short Block?
A. A remanufactured long block is the engine block with cylinder head(s) and (most often) timing components installed. Usually, (always with Budget Engine Rebuilders Inc. and or Chicago Engines) new or remanufactured oil pump and full installation gasket set are also sold as part of a long block. A remanufactured short block is just the engine block with machined internal components. No cylinder heads are sold with short blocks. You will get and oil pump and gasket kit with your short block.
Q. What is a heat tab?
A. Heat tabs are made to protect the rebuilder. The center of the heat tab melts when it reaches 250 degrees, indicating overheating of the engine has occurred. Please look at the pictures to see a good heat tab and one that has been overheated. (See Heat Tab page)
Q. Can I clean my engine parts with a sandblaster?
A. Never use a sandblaster on any parts that go into the area of fuel or oil. Things like intakes, oil pans, valve covers, and timing covers will cause internal problems with rings and bearing failures.
Q. Can I clean my engine with a surfacing conditioning pad or a
A. Never use a surface conditioning pad or cookie cutter or any abrasive pads, including sandpaper to clean any areas on the engine or sheet metal that attaches to the engine. These tools end up tearing up the surface areas and gaskets won’t seal properly. The debris that comes off these discs will also destroy bearings and can cause coolant leakage. Choose to use a surface conditioning pad, an abrasive pad, a plastic wire pad, sandpaper or a sandblaster on any part of the engine or engine accessories, you choose not to have a warranty! These tools are known to add grit and debris to oil and destroy bearings, cause oil leaks and coolant leaks.
Q. Can I send back my engine parts that I order?
A. Yes, as long as they were never used and they are the original ones sent to you. The boxes must be in resalable condition! You must pay all shipping costs back and there is a 25% restocking charge.
Q. What is a fuel wash?
A. This occurs when too much gas is put into the cylinders and cannot get burned up during the combustion phase. In carbureted engines, the float sticks and the carb floods the cylinders is as example of how this happens. In a fuel injected system, the injection urinates fuel instead of spraying the fuel into the cylinder. Damage will occur to pistons, rings and bearings if this happens over time. This will and can cause oil consumption by washing out the cylinders and damaging the rings.
Q. How much is shipping for engine kits?
A. Shipping for engine kits is $12.50 in the continental U.S. Shipping is extra to Hawaii and Alaska; you will need to get a quote on shipping there.
Q. What is detonation?
A. Detonation is the rapid and uncontrolled combustion of the air/fuel mixture. Detonation can occur in the cylinder when operating on a fuel of inadequate octane rating, or with ignition too far advanced. It is informally called "pinging".
In discussions on this condition, we will refer to detonation as an abnormal combustion process. Normal combustion is a controlled amount of air/fuel ratio mixture entering each cylinder at the correct operation chamber temperature.
The compressed, "charged" mixture is then ignited at a precise moment by the ignition system that starts a small flame kernel, which is followed by a smooth controlled burning. Anything that alters the air/fuel ratio, chamber temperature, or ignition timing, will affect the combustion process.
The following are items that will usually effect the combustion process: Camshafts that alter valve timing from OEM specs, a different combination of pistons or cylinder heads altering compression ratio, wrong octane gasoline, engines that burn oil, a non-functioning EGR system, vacuum leaks, or restricted exhaust systems.
Listed below are some of the results of an abnormal combustion process in a gasoline engine:
- Piston, ring land, or piston ring breakage
- Head gasket armor distortion and burn through
- Tuliped intake valves
- Burned, cracked, or distorted exhaust valves
- Cylinder head cracks in combustion chamber
- Connecting rod bearing damage on upper shell first; leads to complete engine failure
- Wrong heat range on spark plugs
- Using oversized fuel injectors
- Wrong turbo charger
- Changing the computer or reprogramming it
Once detonation starts, it propagates with each combustion process. As the temperature and pressure in the cylinder increases, creating a violent uncontrolled burning, the exhaust stroke is no longer capable of evacuating enough temperature from the combustion chamber.
Modern engines have more electronic controls for engine management systems than engines built even 10 years ago. Those modern controls, when operating correctly, prevent detonation by retarding the ignition system. Engines without electronic spark control, rely on drivers to sense detonation, and correct the problem.
If you rebuild your engine, and it had a detonation problem, then you could damage your newly rebuilt engine. All systems and sensors need to be operating properly. The compression ratio has to be low enough for the type of fuel you run in your engine.
Symptoms typically include: melted spark plugs, and/or piston and ring damage, tulip valves, or burnt valves.
Possible causes of Detonation include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive engine advanced timing
- Mass air flow sensor contamination - lean fuel condition
- Restricted or defective exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR) flow, EGR valve or switch
- Low fuel pressure - lean running condition