Service/Installation Centers

An exact time for engine replacement can not be made, in the course of replacing an auto engine, complications may occur. Every engine replacement job takes a different length of time. Different cars present different degrees of difficulty also. Old vehicles are much simpler in design and take less time to replace. A lot of untold and un-scene variables can change the amount of time it takes.

In general, it takes a whole day to do an installation. Once the engine is removed certain components need to be checked for replacement like engine mounts, electrical plugs, and cooling system parts. Generally speaking, other related parts will need replacing once the engine is out and everything is inspected.

Total duration is usually what customers want to know about, which makes sense since they’ll be without their vehicle during that time.  

Helpful information regarding an engine installation:

                                 Engine install for Car:         16-24 hours

                                 Engine install for Truck:      24-30 hours

                                 Engine install for Vans:       24-30 hours

                                 Labor costs can range from $85-$115 plus per hour

The above are estimations only.  It’s going to vary based on the vehicle in question and the amount of work that needs to be done.  However, some vehicles are notoriously difficult to work on, and can actually double the amount of time just because of engine compartment configuration.  

Shops in the United States may charge an average of $1500-$2500 to install an engine  This includes labor, break-in oil and filter, sealant, ten mile road test, computer scan, dial in and pressure testing. Shops in the East and metro areas charge more and shops in the South and rural areas charge a bit less.

Boat engine installations run less in smaller boats with good accessibility. 

Motor home engine installations are priced much higher for a number of reasons, not the least of which is due to little or no guidance in the common labor manuals. While common sense would tell you that changing a 454 engine in a 1987 motor home would take a similar time as a 1987 454 equipped GMC one ton truck, charges often run double for a motor home.

There are important things to consider when choosing a service center for your engine installation.  This is a great link for your consideration:  Checklist For Selecting The Right Mechanic 

If you don’t have a service center, you can locate one close to you from Openbay.com or Repairpal.com.