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Differences and Benefits of Repairing, Rebuilding and Remanufacturing Your Boat Engine

Differences and Benefits of Repairing, Rebuilding and Remanufacturing Your Boat Engine

Boat engines are usually very durable and can last for a very long time without having any problems. However, once they do, you may be facing a really serious decision. What should you do with a failed engine? There are other things that can go wrong with a boat, but nothing is so problematic as an engine failure.

There are several options, including replacing the engine altogether, but seeing how it is expensive, most boat repair facilities do not recommend that you do this. At PCE, a ship repair facility in San Diego, experts say that your best options are repairing, rebuilding, or remanufacturing. However, each of these options have some advantages and some drawbacks.

Repairing the Engine

This is the simplest solution and can often be the cheapest, even though it can rack up quite a sum if you have been neglecting it and avoiding regular maintenance. In fact, repair is often considered a type of maintenance. It mainly consists of replacing the damaged or worn parts, be it the main engine parts like pistons and gaskets, or the auxiliary parts, like the exhaust and the fuel lines. Typically, it is the corrosion that gets the ancillary parts and the wear that is the cause of the core parts’ problems. 

The important thing when it comes to repair is that the core of your engine is not damaged, everything else can be repaired and put back to work.

Rebuilding the Engine

If there’s something wrong with the core of your engine, you will have to conduct a rebuild. What it means is that you will have to remove the engine from the boat and completely disassemble it to determine what the problem is, repair it and then reassemble and put it back into the boat. In some rare cases, it is possible to rebuild the engine without removing it from the engine bay, but those are rare.

Needless to say, this procedure is a lot more complicated than a simple repair and it requires a really skilled mechanic who can reassemble the engine reusing the good parts of the old engine and putting in the new ones where a replacement is necessary. Not all mechanics are keen on doing there rebuilds, despite the hefty prices, due to the amount of effort and skill it requires.

Remanufacturing the Engine

Remanufacturing is probably the best option in terms of the quality of work and the dependability. Essentially, your engine is taken to the factory, where your engine is disassembled to the basic components, checked, cleaned, and reassembled using new parts where necessary. 

Keep in mind that your remanufactured engine won’t come with all the peripherals that you need to install it in your boat. Instead, you will either have to buy new ones, adding to the already high cost, or reuse the ones you already have, which may not be fully functional.

Preventing Trouble in the First Place

Modern marine engines are built to last and with proper care and maintenance, it is highly unlikely that you will need any of these procedures. Keep your engine well lubricated and free of corrosion, and you will have solved the majority of your problems even before they occur.

However, if your engine does run into a problem, you may need to have a ship repair facility in mind. Propulsion Controls Engineering is the best ship repair facility in San Diego, which is corroborated by the decades of experience and the trust that the US Navy puts in this company, awarding many projects to this company.

If you want to learn more, you can contact PCE today.

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