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The engine in my 2003 S430 locked up suddenly on the interstate a few weeks ago. Brief history. I had the passenger lifters replaced. The car ran perfectly for 35 miles when suddenly cutting off. The engine then would not crank/turn over. My mechanic does not know what happened, but the engine is LOCKED. We removed the starter, but still no luck. The oil was fresh/full.

Now, I am thinking about a used engine. Any suggestions what to look for? Most do not have a service history.

Any help appreciated.

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Hi Richard,

See my reply in your other thread ;)

Also, if you are going the used Engine route, you absolutely need to here it running and know what (verifiable) mileage is on it.

Use a different "Mechanic" I would bet money that with this type of repair, an M113 Engine locking up 35 miles after the repair is absolutely 101% the fault of the idiot that has worked on it !!

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Search Craigslist for parts cars that have running engines , see it run and do a carfax ($5 using this link)


To see service records for that car


Used engine should be under $500. Or you can get one from eBay from a dismantles who offers a warranty . Many provide the vin of the car It came out of so again you can check the service history using carfax
 

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Hi Richard,

See my reply in your other thread ;)

Also, if you are going the used Engine route, you absolutely need to here it running and know what (verifiable) mileage is on it.

Use a different "Mechanic" I would bet money that with this type of repair, an M113 Engine locking up 35 miles after the repair is absolutely 101% the fault of the idiot that has worked on it !!

HTH,
I 200% agree. A certain R class had its 113 just lock up right after some work was done. It happened just as the car was sitting, hearing parts of the story; it's purely some bad work somewhere.


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Well, you鈥檒l need to pull the engine to diagnose it, but it may be better to cut your losses and just go for a different car. We know yours was dirt cheap to begin with, but possibly because there was a hidden reason, and with your mechanic expense no longer so cheap.
 

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I'd pull the Passenger Side Valve Cover first to see if something like a Cam Sprocket Bolt was left loose !!
 
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