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Old 04-26-2007, 12:32 AM   #1
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So I can pick up a running 1.8 with about 45k on it, and was wondering what problem areas I should look for?
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good compression and oil leaks, otherwise you should be fine. Maybe give the engine a once over 3 or 4 times after the install to make sure all hoses and whatnot are installed and clamped correctly. Also are you replacing the motor as a direct swap, or as an upgrade. Engines were: 89-93=1.6, 94-2005 1.8. Head design and compression ratio was changed in 1999?

Also, I think its a very very good idea before you get the motor going the first time, flush the oil. To do this, get the cheapest oil (and filter) you can and pour a quart or two straight through to get any crud out, then fill it with the cheapo oil and start it for 10 - 15 minutes until its good and warm and drain it as warm as you can stand. Now, get the good filter and oil on the engine and enjoy yourself.
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I'd pull the front exhaust cam cap and check for wear on the top of the cap. That's a good indicator of oil/filter changes since it's last in line to get oil- and the trash usually winds up there.
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