How to Get the Best Pick-up Truck Replacement Diesel Engine

Tune Tech Downtown on State
Tune Tech Downtown on State Street

Pick-up trucks with diesel engines that need major engine work may be better off using a replacement engine rather than fixing the existing one. A better warranty and a more complete professional overhaul are two reasons why it might be a better option.

A question often asked is “Would I be better off buying a new truck rather than replacing the engine?” Installing remanufactured engines will cost substantially less than the price of a new truck or a new engine from an OEM dealership like GM, Ford, or Dodge (Ram).

When replacing a diesel engine becomes necessary, we consider all options including warranty, cost, and whether an engine is available. We look at OEM remanufactured engines from dealerships and those professionally remanufactured by Jasper Engines and then compare our findings to determine which price, warranty, and availability is best for the needs of our customer.

An example of a Jasper engine is a Duramax for a 2006 to 2008 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-up, Savana, or Express van. Jasper completely rebuilds engines to exact vehicle specifications, testing them to insure proper function. Their warranty is very similar to OEM remanufactured engines when purchased with their Premium Warranty package.

The Difference Between a Used, Rebuilt, and Remanufactured Engine

It is important to understand differences between used, rebuilt, and remanufactured components when shopping for replacement engines. Prices will usually be lower for the first two, but they probably won’t have the same warranty and reliability as a remanufactured engine. The following are descriptions to help you understand what the differences are.

Used engines come from vehicles in junkyards. They are not disassembled for cleaning and inspection and may have high mileage and poor maintenance history. Many used or junkyard components come from vehicles involved in an accident and may have hidden damage.

Wrecking yards will usually replace an engine component if it fails shortly after the engine is installed. However, they seldom pay for the labor hours your repair shop may charge to replace the defective part meaning another expense for you.

Rebuilding means to recondition an engine by cleaning, inspecting and replacing worn or broken parts. Parts that are worn but not worn beyond acceptable tolerances are reused because they are within the manufacturer’s wear limits. Engines rebuilt by a shop’s mechanic or sent out to a machine shop may not achieve the desired quality since the skill level of the rebuilder may not be equal to the standards of a remanufacturer with their controlled assembly line processes.

Remanufacturing makes the engine as close to new as possible. Most parts showing signs of wear are replaced with new ones. Major core components are checked to insure they are within original equipment specifications and tolerances.

Warranty on Remanufactured Engines

Diesel Engine
Diesel Engine

Ford and Dodge (Ram) dealership remanufactured engines have a 3 year or 100,000 mile warranty.

GM dealer engines have a 3 year and unlimited mileage warranty.

Jasper engines have around the same warranty coverage if purchased with their Premium Service Plan.

All warranties will give national coverage to protect owners traveling in the United States or Canada.

Pros and Cons of a Diesel Engine vs. a Gas Engine

In your search to buy a pick-up, you may have found a truck with a diesel engine. If you have not owned a diesel before, you may be curious about the differences between gas and diesel engines.

Many diesel truck owners are loyal and would not think of going back to a gas-powered truck. If you were to ask them why they like diesels so much, they may enlighten you with their almost fanatical list of benefits. But does this mean its right for you to buy a diesel truck rather than one with a conventional gas engine? Below are pro and con lists to help you make your decision.

Reasons Diesel is Better (Pro):

  • More torque – A diesel engine provides more torque than a gasoline engine so you can tow or haul more weight with better fuel economy than a gas engine.
  • Tune-ups Not Required – Because diesel engines have no spark plugs, distributors or spark plug wires, they don’t need tune-ups like gas engines
  • Durability – Diesel engines have high compression and vibration but are rugged and able to withstand heavy use. Because of their design, difference in combustion, and type of fuel used, these engines generally last much longer than a gasoline-powered engine.
  • Better Fuel Economy – Diesel engines typically get 25% better fuel economy than similarly sized gas engines because diesel fuel is denser and contains more usable energy than gasoline.
Ford Engine
Ford Engine

Reasons You May Not Want a Diesel (Con)

  • Price of the Truck– A diesel-powered truck can cost $4500 to $7900 more than a comparable gas-powered truck.
  • Performance in Town – While a diesel performs better on long sustained drives; they are noisy and clumsy in town or on short trips. They produce much more vibration and exhaust fumes than a gas-powered engine, though manufacturers have worked to reduce the noise and smell in the newer models.
  • Price of Diesel Fuel – Diesel used to cost less per gallon than gasoline. However, with the increased popularity of diesel trucks over the past decade, and the subsequent increase in demand for fuel, diesel is now more expensive than gasoline. (Keep in mind that a diesel engine runs more efficiently so the increase in mileage per gallon may offset the higher price of diesel when compared to gasoline).
  • Repair Cost – Diesel engines have some advanced components that gas engines don’t. This means cost of replacement parts can be higher. Also some shops may charge more to work on diesel trucks due to their complexity.

If you are in need of an estimate for a diesel engine replacement for your pick-up truck we can help. Whether you own a Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, or Dodge Ram, we can provide a quote for a remanufactured engine to meet your need.

Give Tune Tech Downtown a call today at (208) 336-5315 or contact us on our website.

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