Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a remanufactured engine?

   A remanufactured engine is exactly that – an engine which has been
  returned to the manufacturer’s specification to provide levels of
  performance, reliability and life similar to that of the original engine.
  It is not a “replacement”, “exchange” or “rebuilt” engine.

  The British Standard Automobile Series Code of Practice BSI AU
 fully details how for spark and compression ignition
  (diesel) engines, components shall be inspected and checked against
  manufacturers tolerances. Key components including piston
  assemblies, big and small end bearings / bushes, gaskets, seals,
  timing chains and drive belts are renewed whilst items such as
  tensioners and dampers are checked and replaced where necessary.

  Important additional operations such as crack testing machined
  components or deburring reworked oilways ensure original
  performance is achieved with reliability.

  As well as having all key clearances, tolerances and end floats
  checked after assembly complete engines are also required to be
  checked for oil pressure and compression.

  Finally, remanufactured engines offer the additional advantage of
  having their own unique serial number stated in the accompanying
  documentation which details renewed components, completion date,
  test records and relevant instructions

Q. Is a remanufactured engine different from a rebuilt one?

A. Yes. A remanufactured engine has gone through a rigorous
  programme of cleaning checks etc. A rebuilt engine, although
  perhaps suitable for some applications, will not be to the same

Q. Why is a remanufactured engine better?

A. Because it has been built to a much higher standard with new
  components and tolerances to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Q. Can all engines be remanufactured?

A. Generally yes, but it depends on the damage that may have been
  done to the engine. For example, if a conrod has gone through the
  side of the block than the block cannot be reused.

Q. How long does it take to remanufacture an engine?

A. This depends very much on the engine size and specification, but
  typically 3 to 5 days.

Q. When a engine is remanufactured, is it my own engine that I get

A. This depends on what you have agreed with the member. In most
  situations it will be your engine. The member, however, will consider
  the work that needs to be done and work out a cost for this. In some
  cases it may be a less expensive option to have an exchange engine.
  In this case you will not get your own engine back.

Q. What is an exchange engine?

A. An exchange engine is just that. Within the industry there are
  companies that remanufacture engines on a production line basis.
  This gives them economies of scale that allow them to market
  engines at prices lower than taking an engine and remanufacturing it
  from scratch. In this instance your engine is sent to them on an
  exchange basis for them to remanufacture.

Q. Is that a good thing?

A. A very good thing. Remanufacturing engines is a very ‘green’ thing to
  do. From the collecting of the raw materials, to making the steel, to
  making the engine itself, an enormous amount of energy goes into
  this process. It goes without saying , therefore, that a huge amount
  of energy is saved by remanufacturing. Good for the pocket and good
  for the planet.

Q. Is it only the engine that is remanufactured?

A. No. It is possible to remanufacture a cylinder head or a short engine.
  Both would be remanufactured to the same standard as a complete
  engine. Again, exchange units are available if that is better for the

Q. What else should I consider when having my engine

A. You will need to consider that if, for example, your vehicle is eight
  years old, when you fit the remanufactured engine it will be as good
  as new and work as efficiently as new. Not so the other parts and
  ancillaries to the engine, which are still eight years old. The classic
  example is the water pump. When a remanufactured engine has
  been fitted and connected to the water pump it will probably be
  driving harder that when the engine was taken out. This could lead to
  failure and subsequent loss of coolant, which in turn could cause
  damage to your newly remanufactured engine. We will advise what
  else should be done to ensure the best job.

 Remember..............., if you are paying to have the engine remanufactured 
                                          it pays to be sure everything else will keep up with it!

News Update

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Our good friend Andy Hiley won last seasons 750 Motor Club Kit Car 2010 Championship........

Well done Andy! 

Stanwood Performance Engine Division are proud to have assisted Andy, by preparing his engine to Formula Regulations [blue print] to achieve ultimate performance. 


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Phil Retires ......

After a lifetime in the Motor Engineering Industry our friend and colleague Phil Berry has retired to live in his beloved North Yorkshire Cottage. We shall all miss him ....

Happy retirement Phil!

 Top 20
Interesting Facts
on Eco Motoring

Heres something for the anti-car lobby to suck on... check the facts for yourself.

According to Euro NCAP, an
Audi Q7 is less harmful in a
pedestrian impact than a
Ford Fiesta.

A Season of F1 burns less
fossil fuel than a single
transatlantic 747 flight

The Stern Report found
that cars make up less
than half of all transport
emissions in the UK

The average British home
emits 1500kg more CO2
per year than a Ford Focus.

Buy local. A car carrier
burns 1756 tonnes of heavy
fuel oil one way from Japan
to the UK.

Oxford Street is the UK’s
most polluted street. Most
of Oxford Street’s length is
closed to cars

Like trains, cars are most
efficient when they’re full.
A fully loaded Discovery
emits less CO2 per person
than a fully loaded Smart.

Acid rain created from
mining nickel for Prius
batteries has destroyed
the landscape in Sudbury
Ontario, to such an extent
that NASA now uses the
site to test drive it’s
latest lunar vehicles!

It’s at least 3 times
cheaper to drive a small
diesel from London to
Edinburgh than it is to
take the train.

The average saloon car is
responsible for its own
kerb weight in CO2 per
year. The average Brit
accounts for 30 times
his/her own bodyweight.

The U.K’s superminis add
three times as much CO2
than its SUVs.

While 85% of cars are
recyclable by law, trains
go unregulated, with much
of each going to a landfill.

A domestic flight emits
around 400g/kg of CO2
per passenger, 4 times
that of a small diesel with
only the driver on board.

Despite being smaller and
emitting less CO2 than a
Toyota Prius, the
Volkswagen Polo
Bluemotion is not exempt
from London’s
congestion charges

Farting cows are
responsible for 18% of all
greenhouse gasses, more
than cars, planes and all
other forms of transport
put together.

Anti-car evangelist Ken
Livingstone doesn’t even
have a driving licence. but
he does have a Toyota

A Land Rover Discovery
has a smaller carbon
footprint than a London

Carbon offsetting could do
more harm than good.
Forests north of the
Tropics retain heat and
actually contribute to
global warming.

A Boeing 747 emits 400
tonnes of Co2 in 24 hours.
It would take 250 cars a
year to achieve this.

Some electric cars aren’t
governed by today’s
safety legislature. In other
words, they can be more
dangerous to the public
than normal cars are
d to be.

  Source - None other than
   our cherished BBCTop Gear
   TV  Programme.