Do I really need to rebuild this engine?
November 10, 2008 4:46 PM Subscribe
I now have a car with a seized engine. If I can get the engine unseized, what are the potential consequences of not rebuilding it?
posted by rossmik to travel & transportation (12 answers total)
The car in question is a '93 Hyundai Excel. As long as I have owned it, it has burned a quart of oil every 600-1000 miles (yet it miraculously still passes emissions). The engine seized because it burned too much oil -- someone drove it for a mile with the oil light on.
Getting the engine unseized might be possible, but all the advice I have seen on this ends with "Then, rebuild your engine." Rebuilding it myself, having it rebuilt, or buying a rebuilt engine are all expensive, and I would end up with a crappy car that still needs a lot of other work done. I'd rather save that kind of money for a more reliable car (or bike).
So, the cheap option is to try and get the engine unstuck, but forget about rebuilding it. Is this likely to end in disaster? Burning more oil? Burning less oil? Any advice on this (or on the general situation, like how to get the engine unseized), would be appreciated.