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Can Your Vehicle Benefit from an Engine Rebuild?

As much as we would like them to, engines aren’t designed to last forever. Sometimes engine problems can grind your vehicle to a halt. That leaves you with several options.

When auto repair isn’t an option, you can buy a brand new engine (crate engines), you can buy a rebuilt engine, or you can have your engine rebuilt. Determining which option is right for you often boils down to two things: How much does it cost and it is the best use of your money?

Engine Rebuilding Portland Oregon
Engine Rebuilding Portland OR

At Steve’s Imports auto repair shop in Portland, our mechanics are skilled at rebuilding engines. We won’t recommend if we don’t believe it’s in your best interest, though.

We specialize in:

  • Engine Rebuilding
  • Stock rebuilt engines for Volkswagen, Porsche and Subaru
  • VW Bug engine rebuilding
  • VW Bus engine rebuilding
  • Replacement VW Aircooled Engines
  • Porsche 911 engine rebuilding
  • Porsche 356 engine rebuilding
  • Custom engine building

  • Porsche 912 engine rebuilding
  • Porsche 914 engine rebuilding
  • Subaru engine rebuilds
  • Subaru 2.2 liter engines
  • Subaru 2.5 liter engines
  • Mercedes engine rebuilding
  • BMW engine rebuilding
  • Engine rebuilding on all import vehicles

Is an engine rebuild right for me?

Our technicians will look at a few factors when making a determination.

  • How many miles does your engine have on it?
  • What condition is your engine in?
  • Will a rebuilt engine provide you with the best long-term investment?

Engine Rebuilding Portland
Engine Rebuild Portland OR

What is an engine rebuild?

A rebuild is the closest thing you can get to a brand-new engine, without getting a brand new engine. In many cases, it is a much better option when you factor in price and availability. It requires a complete disassembly of the engine, a thorough cleaning, and a replacement of any damaged parts as well as replacement of gaskets, seals, and other parts that wear over time.

On most makes, there are different rebuild options such as a top end rebuild which includes pulling the head but leaving everything below the head untouched.

An inframe rebuild is typically the process of leaving the engine in the vehicle, and removing the cylinder head and the oil pan to access the rod bearings. Often the crank assembly will stay in the engine block unless a further assessment is made.

A complete engine rebuild, sometimes referred to as a complete engine overhaul, involves the process of completely removing the engine, crankshaft, rods, pistons, and so forth.

The biggest benefits of an engine rebuild involves the engine control unit. Your ECU is programmed to work with your original engine. When you completely replace the engine your ECU and electrical system may not communicate correctly with your rebuilt or replacement engine and may require replacement or upgrade as well.

Engine Rebuilding Portland

Custom engine performance building


Depending on your budget and your focus, we can give you exactly what you want from your vehicle.

Our ASE technicians or experienced engine builders can speak with you at length to determine what you want from your vehicle.
Many options are available, including:

  • Big bore piston kits
  • Performance cam
  • Stroker crankshaft
  • Performance injectors

  • Exhaust kit installation
  • Oil flow and cooling system upgrade
  • Ignition system upgrades
  • Timing chain upgrades

Contact us for performance parts or an engine rebuild in Portland!

Getting the most from your vehicle means choosing the right garage. We’ve been in business for over 3 decades because we work for our customers. You are the most important bottom line.

Our focus is on providing you with the best investment, working with your budget, and getting you the repair or rebuild services you need. Call or contact us today.