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Old 04-15-2019, 08:36 PM   #11
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Default Re: Compression leak into crankcase, oil loss @ dipstick

Good advice, Vic.
Dennis even has a dedicated retrieval/towing service.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:32 AM   #12
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Thanks, I would prefer repairing my existing engine, but of course it comes down to money, in my original post I mentioned the repair of the loose harmonic balancer, it did beat up the end of the crankshaft and keyway a little, with repair info I used from this forum I was able to save it and monitor it for the last 4 years and 80K + miles with no issues yet.
So would now be the time to replace the crankshaft? Also, with 270K on the odometer, is now the time to replace the turbo, injectors, fuel pump etc. ?

In December of last year, someone backed into the front of my Sprinter and took out the grille, headlights, A/C condenser, Aux fan, radiator, fan/clutch assembly and bumper cover, we repaired it at the bodyshop where I work, I was able to get the insurance to cover all new OEM parts, no aftermarket junk, it looks like new! So I really want to fix it and get it back on the road

I have access to a couple used engines supposedly with 174K mi for around $3500.00, but I agree with " What kind of life did they have? " Shipping the engine to Dennis and back is probably out of my price range, does anyone know of a comparable Sprinter shop in the San Diego Ca or even Orange County Ca area?

I also want thank everyone who has posted replies, everyone has offered good solid advice, I really appreciate it

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Old 04-18-2019, 03:52 PM   #13
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Default Re: Compression leak into crankcase, oil loss @ dipstick

Not to be pushy, but if the used engine falls through you should check on what it will cost to ship the Sprinter to Dennis. If you're not on a tight schedule it may be able to be worked into another delivery to avoid a deadhead run.

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Its been a while, but if you palletize your engine, I would guess just about anywhere in the lower 48 (with a loading dock for forklift) would be less than 500$. I have seen engines shipped from coast to coast for 250$ before, so it can be reasonable.
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Default Re: Compression leak into crankcase, oil loss @ dipstick

Thanks, I was kind of thinking the same thing, shipping just the engine, I think I'll give Dennis a call tomorrow at his shop and try to get a ball park dollar amount on a rework of my engine and go from there

Once again, thank you to all who have responded to my pleas for help!!
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I don't know if dennis shop does long-blocks. He may not have a stand setup for testing them. Thus he may not want to send out an untested unit. It can't hurt to ask him though. Labor is labor, and the profit margins may be better for him, as he doesn't have a van taking up a bay.

There aren't to many folks I would trust to do a refresh/rebuild on these engines. In many ways that can be more challenging than a total reman, where they use as many new parts as possible.
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