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    hey guys,

    Looking a buying an imported motor from an importer and just wanted to know if there is anything i should ask for to be checked/tested prior to purchase? Only thing im aware of is a compression test. Should i be asking for anything else?

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    warranty what it acutally covers
    sometimes its like 30days 3months etc and it will only cover certain things
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    a good halfy should start and run with little effort, that will tell you all you need to know, dont be afraid of things like slightly dented sumps and stuff, but obvious things are obvious, obviously
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    just something to note

    i bought an engine with unknown condition, and did a compression test when i got it home, had 160psi across all cylinders.

    installed it, fired it up, sump filled up with coolant.....

    so be warned that a comp test isnt always an indication.

    turns out i just had a blown headgasket but still annoying.

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    if you can check the inside of the cam cover, the most famous things imported engines are famous for are a complete lack of oil changes. If this is one of those then there will be stacks of gunk under the cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Q View Post
    if you can check the inside of the cam cover, the most famous things imported engines are famous for are a complete lack of oil changes. If this is one of those then there will be stacks of gunk under the cover.
    100% with sam. This is the most important thing to look for!

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    Cool. Checking cam covers is a tad hard because i live 4 1/2 hrs from sydney where the motor is. Thats why i was hoping there would be some things to as be checked for prior.
    A mate purchased from them and were happy to take it back when he decided a different engine so hopefully if its gets here and its garbage they will take it back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Q View Post
    if you can check the inside of the cam cover, the most famous things imported engines are famous for are a complete lack of oil changes. If this is one of those then there will be stacks of gunk under the cover.
    I find that funny, as the reason Australia got the 4ac instead of the 4ag is because the high-ups at toyota considered us a little 'backwards' in terms of mechanical ability and upkeep...


    anyway, to be constructive -

    NEVER, EVER, EVER BUY AN MOTOR IN 'UNKNOWN' CONDITION. EVER.
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    Depends on price, there is nothing wrong with a home rebuilt 4age
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    This is why you check under the cam cover/s

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