Rebuilt Engine and Fuel Consuption
Now that the issue of fuel cost is acute, let's talk about gaz consumption on rebuilt vehicles and rebuilt engines. When it comes to purchasing a used vehicle, there are two terms that often come up: rebuilt title and rebuilt engine. While both involve repairs, they are not the same thing. In this article, we will explore the difference between the two and, specifically, how a rebuilt engine can affect fuel consumption.
Difference between Vehicles with a Rebuilt Title and a Rebuilt Engine
A vehicle with a rebuilt title means that it has been previously damaged and has undergone repairs that meet state requirements to be roadworthy again. The damage does not necessarily involve the engine or even front end, and so quite often does not affect fuel consumption at all. The vehicle's title will reflect that it has been rebuilt, which can impact its resale value. On the other hand, a rebuilt engine means that the engine has been disassembled and repaired or replaced with new parts. More than that, the procedure not just can but is designed to positively impact fuel consumption.
Difference between Rebuilt and Reassembled Engine
It is important to note that a rebuilt engine is not the same as a reassembled engine. A reassembled engine means that the engine has been taken apart and put back together with the same parts, without any repairs or replacements. Rebuilding an engine involves repairing or replacing components to ensure that the engine is functioning like new.
How a Rebuilt Engine Affects a Vehicle Title
In most states, a rebuilt engine does not affect a vehicle title because the engine is not considered a major component defining the vehicle identity. However, in some states like California and Texas, a rebuilt engine may require additional documentation and inspections to be registered. It is essential to check state requirements before purchasing a vehicle with a rebuilt engine.
Factors that Affect Fuel Consumption in a Vehicle
The fuel consumption of a vehicle can be affected by several factors, including the vehicle's weight, engine size, driving conditions, and maintenance. Cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, RVs, and buses all have different fuel consumption rates due to their unique specifications.
Causes of Increased Fuel Consuption on Rebuilt Engines
Rebuilding an engine is supposed to improve its characteristics, including fuel efficiency. In support of this, in a study conducted by the University of Michigan, it was found that rebuilding the engine of a 2005 Ford F-150 resulted in a 17% decrease in fuel consumption. Similarly, rebuilding the engine of a 2010 Toyota Camry resulted in a 12% decrease in fuel consumption.
However, there are also instances where rebuilding an engine can result in increased fuel consumption. For instance, rebuilding the engine of a 2013 Dodge Charger led to a 10% increase in fuel consumption.
Before and after comparison statistics for specific makes and modles for rebuilt engines can provide valuable insights into the impact of engine rebuilding on fuel consumption. For instance, a study conducted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association found that on average, rebuilt engines lead to a 10% decrease in fuel consumption across different makes and models. Unfortunately, the make / model stats are also affected by the quality of the repairs done.
For this reason, some drivers report increased fuel consumption after their engine is being rebuilt or repalced with a rebuilt engine. For example, a driver of a 2007 Honda Civic reported an increase in fuel efficiency from 27 mpg to 32 mpg after installing a rebuilt engine. Similarly, a driver of a 2011 Ford F-150 reported an increase in fuel efficiency from 15 mpg to 18 mpg. And such examples are numerous. In rare cases, gaz burning increases by as much as 30% while all other vehicle parts and parameters remain the same or intact, such as transmission, tire size and tire pressure and other that may somehow impact fuel / mileage productivity. Such a drastic change often happens when the engine was not run in after the servicing has been completed.
Below are five other real causes for that frequently identified by mechanics:
- Faulty Oxygen (O2) Sensor: The O2 sensor monitors the amount of oxygen in the engine's exhaust, allowing the engine control unit to adjust the fuel injection accordingly. A faulty sensor can cause the engine to run rich, burning more fuel and increasing fuel consumption.
- Dirty Fuel Injectors: Rebuilding an engine involves disassembling and reassembling various parts, including the fuel injectors. If these injectors are not cleaned properly, they can become clogged, causing an uneven fuel spray pattern and increased fuel consumption.
- Incorrect Timing: Timing is critical to the engine's performance, and rebuilding an engine requires precise timing adjustments. If the timing is set incorrectly, the engine will not run efficiently, leading to increased fuel consumption.
- Leaking Fuel Injectors: Leaking fuel injectors can cause fuel to drip directly into the engine, leading to increased fuel consumption. The fuel injectors should be inspected for leaks during the rebuilding process.
- Improper Break-In Period: After rebuilding an engine, it is essential to follow a proper break-in period to allow the components to settle in and function optimally. Skipping or improperly performing the break-in period can lead to increased friction and resistance, causing the engine to work harder and burn more fuel.
Mechanics should take these factors into account when rebuilding an engine to ensure that the rebuilt vehicle experiences improved fuel efficiency, as intended.
Rebuilt Engine vs. Normal Used Engine: the Bottomline
When it comes to fuel consumption, a rebuilt engine may be better than a normal used engine because it has been repaired or replaced with new parts. A normal used engine may have wear and tear that can negatively impact fuel consumption. However, it is essential to consider the reputation of the rebuilder when making a decision to avoid the issued listed above when deciding between a rebuilt engine and a normal used engine.