Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What On Earth Are Crate Engines?

Yep, this is a new one for me, I know. I'm not much into vehicles. There are a couple cars I like, a few more pickup trucks, and my all-time favorite vehicle, the Hummer. Honestly, though, I'm not very car-and-engine literate. That's why, when the subject of GM Crate Engines was brought up, I was a little stumped. I mean, what exactly is a crate engine? Any of you, my loyal readers, know? Sooo, since I had no clue what the idea of a crate engine was, I decided to hit up my favorite research tool-the internet, and more specifically, Google search!

Here's what I came up with. (Yes, I did actually find this interesting by the way. I like learning new things, whether it's something I'll ever need to know or not!). Crate engines are simply replacement engines for cars, which are shipped in-you guessed it-wooden crates! They come complete, and are used for 2 reasons-the owner doesn't want to repair their engine, or wants to upgrade their current engine. Both of these offer a very good reason to utilize a crate engine. If you don't want to put the time or money into rebuilding or repairing your current engine, this is a good option. Or if your vehicle is in good condition other than the engine, it may be better to just put in a crate engine, rather than purchasing a new car altogether. 

Crate engines are also in great demand for car enthusiasts who want a more high performance engine, to replace the engine originally in the car. Of course, crate engines are also useful for truck owners as well. If you want something a little more powerful for your truck, this is something to consider. Whether it's for more towing power, or to take your truck off-road for some fun, or if it's for work performance, a crate engine would give you what you need without the cost of buying an entire new pickup truck!

So, while I'm still not an expert on vehicles at all, I do now know something new. If any of you have any more input on the subject, please feel free to mention it in a comment. I'm always open to learning more!

This is a sponsored post for JEGS Automotive, however, all the points and views are my own.

4 comments:

  1. Years ago, when the kids were very young, we had to order a crate engine. The engine locked up on our car and it was cheaper for my husband to replace it then to buy another car.

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  2. I have definitely never heard of a crate engine until now. This is a good piece of information I will have to retain. Never know when I might need this again. Thanks!

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  3. So now we all know what crate engines are! I'm all for learning new things, and maybe someday it'll come in handy to know you can get a car engine shipped to you in a crate.

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  4. I never heard of crate engines either, but thanks to you, I am going to use my new knowledge when my son starts talking about his truck :)

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