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Old 07-12-2011, 05:16 PM
TheManInBlack TheManInBlack is offline
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Default Possibly swapping engines..

I have a 1996 5.9L V8 ram2500. Did a compression test on half of the valves and one is at 90, one at 100, and two at 60. The ones at 90 & 100 hold pressure, but the others don't. I have a mechanic that knows what he's doing, but wanted to know if I could swap the engine for a smaller one. Or, more specifically, one that gets better mileage. The only thing is, I don't want to rebuild this engine, or get one rebuilt from anywhere. Call me paranoid, but I'd prefer to get one that was used with less miles. (currently has 280k) The other issue I have is with reliability. I don't wanna swap to an engine with better mileage if it's known for breaking down a lot.

So I guess the short of it is. I want a reliable engine over a powerful engine. So could/should I swap to a smaller engine, or just get a used one of the same size?
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