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Is engine recycling right for you?

Who should consider engine recycling?

I never really though about engine recycling until several years ago I was driving down interstate 65 south of Indianapolis.  As I was motoring down the road, a state trooper passed me and as he did, he looked at me and waved his hand back and forth in front of his face as if there was a bad smell in the air.  He did this because there was and it was coming from the back of my truck!  As I looked in my mirror, there was a huge cloud of smoke behind me.  Of course I already knew this, that’s why I was driving back to Indiana, to change the engine.  Have you ever had a situation like that?  Maybe, maybe not, but we have all at least seen a vehicle like the truck I was driving!  I’m here to tell you that it’s not the most fun being in that situation!

Your vehicle or machine may not leave a cloud of smoke behind everywhere it goes, but does it have puff of blue out the exhaust every now and then?  Does it seem like it just doesn’t have the power it used to have?  Maybe the fuel economy isn’t as good as it was when you first purchased it?  With the high fuel prices we have today, that can be a killer to your bank account!  When you start your vehicle in the morning does it “rattle” for a few minutes?  Just maybe the oil fairy comes and steals some oil every night!  Well, there really is no oil fairy, but the reason you have to keep adding oil even though it doesn’t appear to be leaking could be because your engine is burning the oil.  Any of these situations indicate that it’s time for something to be repaired or replaced.  So, what does any of this have to do with recycling?  Everything!  You could buy a new vehicle or you could have your engine rebuilt.  Most don’t realize it, but rebuilding your engine not only saves you money, but it’s better for the environment too!  Essentially you are participating in engine recycling!


What are the environmental benefits of engine recycling?

Remember the 3 R’s from elementary school?  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  When you rebuild your engine you are taking part in all three!  A rebuilt engine runs more efficiently so less fuel is consumed, reducing the amount of fuel used.  Old worn out engines typically burn and leak motor oil too, so when you choose engine recycling with Advanced Engine, you also reduce the amount of oil that is used!  When you have your engine rebuilt at Advanced Engine, The major components such as blocks, cylinder heads, and crankshafts are normally re-conditioned so that they can be reused.  At Advanced Engine, the parts that are not recondition-able such as pistons, most valves, and most oil pumps are sent to a recycling center to be melted down and made into something else.

At recent study by the University of Michigan (2008) developed a life-cycle model (LCA) to investigate the energy savings and pollution prevention that are achieved  in the United States through remanufacturing a midsized automotive gasoline engine compared to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) manufacturing a new one.

Remanufactured engines are produced with an average of:

  • 75% less energy
  • 80% fewer carbon dioxide emissions
  • 68% carbon monoxide (CO) reductions
  • 78% nitrogen oxide (NOx) reductions
  • 77% sulfur oxide (SOx) reductions
  • 55% non-methane hydrocarbon reductions
  • 58%Raw material consumption reduction
  • 76% Solid waste generation reduction

Along with the environmental benefits of remanufactured engines over new engines, this study also includes an economic comparison of new versus remanufactured automotive engines. The price savings for the consumer is between 30% and 53% for a remanufactured engine, with the greatest savings realized when the remanufactured engine is purchased directly from the remanufacturer.  Other benefits to engine recycling are outlined in a video produced by the Engine Repower Council found here: http://www.enginerebuilder.org/video/index.html


Why Use Advanced Engine for your Engine Recycling?

While there are many options available when it comes to what shop to use when you rebuild an engine, Advanced Engine is the most trusted shop for engine recyclingAdvanced Engine in Plymouth, Indiana goes beyond the standard when it comes to keeping the environment clean!  We use many environment friendly chemical such as Soyl industrial hand cleaner and the SafeWasher from Cintas.  Advanced Engine also recycles the used fluids that are found in the engines we rebuild.  You can rest assured that most of the discarded components from your engine such as pistons, pins, camshafts, valves, and guides will be recycled instead of tossed in a landfill somewhere.  Our jet washer is on a timer so that the heat is shut off every night and on the weekends, saving precious energy!  We even use a Ford F-150 with an Ecoboost engine to conserve the fuel used during deliveries.  As you can see, there are many advantages of engine recycling and the place to do it at is Advanced Engine!  Next time you have a cloud of smoke, clunk, or rattle in your engine, give us a call to see how we can help you save the planet by recycling your engine!