Diesel vs Gas Reman Engines

You’ve likely been at the gas station before and noticed special pumps that also dispense diesel fuel. The large majority of vehicles (especially small ones) run on gasoline, but larger autos require diesel to run. What is the difference between these two types of engines? Today, we want to explain a bit about how the engines themselves differ, the pros and cons of each, and how available they are as remanufactured parts.

What's The Difference Between A Gas And Diesel Engine?

Gas and diesel engines are more similar than many people think. Both use internal combustion to convert their respect fuels into energy that can power the vehicle. Both use a 4-stroke system that involves the following:

The Intake Stroke: The piston lowers from the top to the bottom of the chamber to create a low pressure within the cylinder

The Compression Stroke: The piston moves back up, compressing large volumes of oxygen-rich air to prepare for combustion. Either a spark of the compression itself causes combustion

The Power Stroke: The piston moves back down due to the force of the combustion pressures, transferring the power of combustion to the crankshaft

The Exhaust Stroke: The piston travels back up, pushing exhaust gasses out of the cylinder through a valve as it does so

So what exactly is the difference? You’ll notice that in The Compression Stroke it says either a spark or the compression itself will cause combustion. This is the main difference. Gas engines rely on a spark plug to produce a spark that will ignite the air/fuel mixture, whereas diesel engines make so much compressive force that the air/fuel mixture reaches the ignition point without a spark. In addition to this difference, there are other aspects of each engine that are unique as well. Gas engines require a throttle body to help accelerate the car to faster speeds. Diesel engines do not, and simply release more fuel and increase energy production within the usual engine system. This piece (or lack thereof) also affects how the cars can brake. When you lift your foot off the accelerator in a gas-powered vehicle, the throttle body will close, creating a vacuum that reduces output of energy. Diesel engines (without throttle bodies) release excess compressed air through one of the valves that is left unsealed when the accelerator is not being pressed on. If you look at a gas and diesel engine side by side, you’ll notice that there are slight differences, but they largely work the same way. Thanks to the composition of the fuel itself, diesel engines can operate without the use of a spark plug to produce just as much power and energy.

Pros and Cons

There are pros and cons for both diesel and gas engines. Some people feel very strongly that one is better than the other, but we believe they each have their place in the auto industry. 

  • Gas Engine Pros

    • Cheaper fuel

    • Readily available

    • Most common type of engine

    • Quiet

    • Fewer emissions

    • Any auto shop will work on it

    • You can find them easily at salvage yards

  • Diesel Engine Pros

    • Lower revving

    • More fuel-efficient (due to the higher energy in each fuel molecule)

    • More torque at a lower RPM

    • You can go further on one tank

    • Many are turbo charged to make them faster 

    • Becoming more common so prices are dropping

    • The cylinder has a removable liner that lets the engine last much longer

    • Built tougher so they last forever

  • Gas Engine Cons

    • Engines show wear and tear around the 120-150k mile mark and there is no liner to replace

    • They burn through fuel more quickly because gas has 15x less energy than diesel

    • There are extra parts (ie the spark plug) that can break down

  • Diesel Engine Cons

    • Fuel is more expensive

    • Not all mechanics will work on diesel

    • While improving, diesel engines are known for excess pollution

    • Starting up tends to be loud, as does braking

    • Far fewer pumps at gas stations

    • Exhaust can smell pretty bad

Remanufactured Gas and Diesel Engines

You can find remanufactured gas and diesel engines at many salvage yards (like Airline Auto Parts!) or at shops around the country. A remanufactured engine is essentially a Frankenstein engine built from components of used engines that have been dismantled. Each and every component undergoes strict quality testing before they’re used to create a like-new engine. Purchasing a remanufactured engine from a reliable source can save you thousands of dollars without sacrificing any of the quality. Remanufactured engines are built using only the best parts available. By the time they’re done, they’re just as good as a fresh-off-the-line engine from the manufacturer themselves. Both diesel and gas engines can be remanufactured, but gas engines are most common. This is due mainly to the fact that gas engines far outnumber diesel engines in general, and gas-powered vehicles are more likely to succumb to wear and tear and be sent into salvage yards than their diesel counterparts. Don’t worry though, reman powertrain parts only use components that are in near mint condition. Airline Auto Parts has paired with the best reman partners around to ensure that each customer gets the highest-quality part possible. Order a reman engine from us and your vehicle will be back in top shape in no time at all!

If you’re in the market for a remanufactured engine (diesel or gas), check out Airline Auto Parts. We have an ever-changing inventory, and we even place orders for you if we don’t have what you’re looking for. Each and every remanufactured engine comes standard with a 3-year/100k mile warranty so you can feel confident in your purchase. Call us at 281.448.2000 to discuss your reman needs, and explore our entire inventory at https://airlineautoparts.net/. We look forward to working with you!

How Much Do You Know About Powertrain Parts?

It’s no secret that cars and other vehicles are some of the most advanced technologies that people use every day. There are millions of pieces that have to come together to make the vehicle work properly. While each and every component plays a key role in making things operate smoothly, the most important parts of the vehicle (those that make it go) are known as powertrain  parts. You’ve probably heard this term before in ads, commercials, or warranties, but do you know what they are? We’re gonna talk about it today, as well as discuss your options for replacing any powertrain  parts that get damaged.

What Are Powertrain Parts?

The powertrain  is composed of the parts that make the vehicle move. Some people lovingly call them “the go parts.” powertrain  parts are responsible for providing the vehicle with motion. Generally speaking, powertrain parts include:

– The Engine

– The Transmission

– The Front and Rear Drive Systems

– Seals, Gaskets, and Other Internal Parts

– And More

 

There are far too many individual parts to mention, but these are the major players in the powertrain . By working together, these parts convert gas or diesel fuel into energy which is then used to produce momentum to move the vehicle forwards or backwards. As you would imagine, the powertrain  is one of the key elements of any vehicle, and any problems within it can leave your car useless. Luckily, powertrain parts are often the most well-built, and they’re designed to work hard for years without any issues. Many dealerships and manufacturers offer powertrain  warranties that protect the powertrain  for so many years or miles. It’s a good idea to get a powertrain  Warranty whenever you can because they’re some of the most expensive parts to repair or replace out of pocket. 

Why Are They Talked About So Often?

What is all the hype about powertrain  parts? As we said, the powertrain  is arguably the most important system within a vehicle. If just one part of the complex chain reaction goes awry, your car might not start, run, or function as intended. Powertrain  parts need to be inspected regularly to make sure everything is in working order. The last thing you need is an engine failure in the middle of a highway! The safety and reliability of powertrain  parts is directly correlated to the safety of the vehicle and the passengers in it. There is a significant emphasis on these parts because manufacturers and dealerships understand how crucial it is to keep these things running smoothly. When consumers look to purchase a new vehicle, they want to hear about the powertrain  to make sure it’s top-of-the-line, reliable, and backed by a significant warranty. 

 

     The powertrain  is truly the power behind the vehicle, so it’s constantly being revamped to make it bigger, better, faster, and stronger. Powertrain  is particularly important to pickup truck enthusiasts as the strength of the truck determines towing capabilities, weight capacity, off road ability, and more. Showcasing the powertrain  has become a staple practice in the marketing of vehicles to show consumers that they can trust the durability and performance of Car A over Car B. As for why you so often hear about powertrain  warranties, it’s because they’re a huge selling point for buyers. If you know that this system of parts is critical to performance and also very expensive, you’ll be looking for a warranty that will cover the costs should anything happen. These warranties help to make the purchase decision easier and alleviate buyer’s remorse.

Used, Remanufactured, & New Powertrain Parts

As with all car parts, there are several options available to you when you’re looking to replace aspects of the powertrain .

 

Used: You can find used engines, transmissions, etc at just about any auto salvage yard you visit. However, we do not recommend going this route for replacement parts. Used parts are taken as-is from one vehicle and sold to consumers to be used in another vehicle. They come fully equipped with wear and tear, damage, and internal problems that you wouldn’t be able to spot just by looking. Yes, you will save potentially thousands of dollars, but the powertrain  is not a part of the vehicle you want to take a gamble on. You might get a few good years out of your used parts, but they will break down eventually. 


Remanufactured: Our suggestion to customers is always to go for remanufactured powertrain  parts. Remanufacturing involves taking apart used car parts and separating them into each individual component. From there, everything is combed through by both human employees and high-tech robots and scanners to find any form of abnormality, crack, or other problem. Only the parts that are 100% like-new make it to the next step. Once there are enough components to make a complete part, the remanufactured engine or transmission is put together. It’s a Frankenstein part of sorts, but is guaranteed to use only components that are in mint condition. You’ll save hundreds or thousands of dollars by purchasing a remanufactured powertrain part, but you won’t lose any of the quality. It’s essentially a brand-new part and they often undergo more quality checks than fresh-off-the-line engines and transmissions do! Airline Auto Parts is proud to offer the best powertrain  parts possible for all types of vehicles. Our reman partners don’t cut corners to ensure that you get the safe and like-new reman parts you deserve.

 

New: Of course, you can always opt to purchase new powertrain parts, but be prepared to spend a pretty penny. Certain powertrain warranties will guarantee a new replacement if anything goes wrong, but others will not. Each company or salvage yard is different, so be sure to read the fine print. New powertrain parts aren’t any better than remanufactured engines and transmissions, and they cost exponentially more. When given the choice, choose reman!

If you’re looking for the best remanufactured powertrain parts in the US, look no further than Airline Auto Parts. Our reman partners are the best at what they do, following rigorous safety protocols and checking quality throughout the process. You can find remanufactured engines, transmissions, and more for any vehicle! You’ll save hundreds or thousands of dollars without losing any of the safety or reliability of the parts. Check out https://airlineautoparts.net/ to see the countless other parts we offer, and reach out to us for order requests at https://airlineautoparts.net/contactus/ or give us a call at 281.448.2000. We look forward to speaking with you!

Airline Auto Parts in Houston Offers Fantastic Warranty Coverage for Used Car Parts

gears with warranty for used transmissions and used engines

How many times have you gone into a salvage yard looking to buy a used replacement transmission? Maybe you’ve also gone to one in hopes of finding a used replacement engine. How many times have you walked in and realized their warranty coverage is minimal, causing you to raise some red flags? 

Airline Auto Parts is Not Like Most  Junkyards

Although the aforementioned scenarios are very common, Airline Auto Parts in Houston is different. We offer superior warranty coverage that not only saves you money but also ensures every used auto part we carry that you might purchase works properly and keeps you safe.

Airline Auto Parts’ Warranty Coverage for Used Auto Parts

Airline Auto Parts is proud to be one of the very few Houston junkyards that stand by a hassle-free, 6-month warranty.

All of our used engines and used transmissions are backed by a 6-month guarantee following the date of purchase. Our engine guarantee takes care of replacing or repairing the engine; you just need to be able to manage the costs of labor and/or any other expenses that may arise when removing and installing your engine. However, please keep in mind that you cannot utilize our guarantee when it comes to accidents or negligence, failure to follow recommended maintenance habits, and any repair or replacement that has not been authorized by us.

When it comes to a used transmission, it is guaranteed for 6 months after purchase. This covers the need for repair or replacement but does not cover the costs of labor, which you must be responsible for. This guarantee does not apply to transmissions that have been dismantled.

Airline Auto Parts Also Offers an Extended Warranty

To further accommodate our customers’ needs, we also offer extended warranty coverage for mechanical parts, such as engines and transmissions. By paying an additional percentage of an engine’s or transmission’s purchase price, you will benefit from a longer warranty and even coverage for labor as follows:

  • Pay an additional 15% of the purchase price in exchange for a 12-month car part warranty
  • Pay an additional 25% of the purchase price in exchange for a warranty that covers the cost of the used part as well as labor costs for 12 months, or 12K miles.
  • Pay an additional 50% of the purchase price in exchange for a lifetime warranty that offers coverage for parts and labor.

Shop for Used Car Parts at Our Houston Salvage Yard

We genuinely love automobiles just as much as you do, and we understand wanting the junkyard you purchase from to stand by your purchase and ensure you are always satisfied. If you would like to inquire more about our warranty, please contact us so we can provide more information and ensure you continue to enjoy owning and driving your car.

Save Money and Purchase a Used Replacement Engine From a Houston Salvage Yard

When your engine shows signs that it’s not working properly, you may consider getting a brand new car to save you the headache and start fresh. After all, driving with a bad engine is dangerous for you, other drivers, and for the environment, but why do that and spend all that money when you can instead buy a used replacement engine at our Houston salvage yard for a fraction of the price?

We pride ourselves in having a substantial stock of used replacement car parts for all makes and models, even late-model cars. Because we want to be sure we can offer the best parts at all times, we complete thorough testing on each part that arrives at our Houston junkyard. In addition, every single part we stock is backed by our 6-month guarantee. So if you purchase a used replacement engine and it fails you within 6 months, you’ll get your money back. Although this is a rare occurrence, we would still like to give you peace of mind.

Save Money at Our Houston Salvage Yard

Pricey auto parts stores sell brand new parts at a high price in order to cover their own costs and make a substantial profit. Unlike them, however, our junkyard sells recycled used parts. Auto part stores tend to have very limited parts in stock since they specialize in newer car parts, but our team understands the freedom of not having to spend on a down payment or monthly payments for a new car. Instead, we can help you simply replace a problematic engine with a recycled replacement engine. Pulling an engine from our salvage yard helps save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

In Need of a Used Replacement Engine? Airline Auto Parts Can Help

Airline Auto Parts has long been a leader in the used car parts industry. We strive to be your one-stop-shop for all your needs when it comes to ensuring your vehicle’s longevity and safety. If you are in need of a used replacement engine, please contact us and tell us more about your make and model. We’ll gladly help you find the right part so you can save money on installation costs and purchase price.

Buying Used Car Parts at Airline Auto Parts Allows for Affordability and Flexibility

When you experience car trouble, such as a dead engine or an aged transmission, you may consider taking it to an auto parts store or a car dealership to see if someone can sell you the necessary parts. You may then go to a mechanic and have them fix up your car. However, even though these options are out there, they may not always be the most economical course of action.

Airline Auto Parts in Houston Offers Affordability

When relying on a car dealership or auto parts store to sell you certain parts, it becomes much more expensive because they have to include their own costs in the sale price. On top of the price you pay for a certain car part, you also have to pay for the labor of installing it. On the other hand, if you buy used replacement engines or transmissions from a Houston salvage yard like ours, then you are getting the lowest possible price for parts that may otherwise cost a fortune, and you can install them yourself so you don’t have to pay for labor costs.

Flexible Buying Options at a Houston Salvage Yard

Another challenge that comes with buying car parts from a dealership or auto parts store is that they tend to have very limited stock. Typically, those who own older vehicles buy parts to ensure their vehicle is well taken care of for years to come, but it may be tough to track down the parts you need at certain stores.

At Airline Auto Parts, we stock used replacement car parts for all makes and models dating back for several decades so that you can have the greatest flexibility and accessibility possible. Additionally, we ship our parts nationwide, so if you are from out of town and have had a hard time finding a specific part but found it at our junkyard, we will happily ship it to you.

Shop Used Replacement Auto Parts at Our Houston Junk Yard

If you are in need of a used replacement engine, transmission, or other auto parts, please contact us and tell us about your make and model. We’ll gladly assist you so you can save money with quality used car parts that will last for years.

How to Install A Used Replacement Engine

You’ve read up on the signs it may be time for an engine replacement. Now it’s time to replace it. This guide will help you successfully install your used replacement engine from our Houston junkyard.

First, we recommend you consider removing your hood and front bumper to give yourself some more room to work. Be careful to set aside the bolts in separate piles so you don’t mix them up.

Next, we recommend you take several photos at different angles so you remember where all the wiring and hosing goes, especially if this is your first time replacing any used car part. After, remove the battery so you don’t accidentally short anything.

Isolate the Engine

You should remove the airbox and air hoses that go to the intake manifold so you can clearly see the engine. Afterward, remove the radiator and the radiator plug. Once all the coolant drains from the radiator, you can remove the coolant hoses that go into the engine. Be careful when removing because with age, these easily get stuck and can break if they are pulled too hard.

You may then take out the rest of the cooling system. Next, it’s time to disconnect the AC Compressor, followed by the exhaust manifold. We recommend simply disconnecting the exhaust pipe rather than removing the entire manifold from the engine.

Now you can disconnect all the wiring. Once the wiring is removed, move onto the fuel lines and disconnect them. Be extra cautious in this step, as the fuel can spray onto your face and into your eyes.

Remove the Engine

Now you have space to work on the engine. Sometimes it may be easier to remove the transmission and the engine at once, as opposed to just the engine.

Once removed, you can lift up the engine with an engine jack and lever. You can hook the chains onto the compressor bracket and the alternator bracket. As you lift it, keep an eye on any other parts that may get in the way and move them so you don’t damage them.

Lower it to the ground and remove the starting motor. After this, you should remove the alternator from the old engine and attach it to the used replacement engine, followed by the starter motor.

Installing a Used Replacement Engine

Now the replacement engine is ready to be put back into the car and secured to the mounts. Re-attach all the hosing and wiring you removed. After everything is re-installed, start the car to check that the engine is running, then fill it up with fresh oil, add new coolant to the radiator, and add transmission fluid to the transmission if you removed it.

Our Houston Junkyard Promises Quality Used Engines

At our Houston salvage yard, we make sure to test every single used car part we receive to ensure it works as good as new and lasts. If you need a replacement engine, please contact us so we can have it ready for you or ship it nationwide if needed.