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Old September 1st, 2012, 07:47   #1
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Default Swapping an engine?

I saw a TDI engine for sale on ebay (from a junk car). How difficult are engine swaps? Just curious.

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It is a bit difficult to answer that question without more information. Are you considering replacing an engine with the same type, or converting a car that did not originally have a TDI? If you are converting, is it in a VW that had the TDI option available, or is it another make of car or truck?

Replacing an existing TDI with the same type of TDI is just a normal R&R.
Replacing a gasser with a TDI in a VW that could have had a factory TDI is somewhat more involved, but not all that difficult.
Converting another make of vehicle to TDI is an adventure in ad hoc engineering.

I've learned so much from my mistakes I'm thinking of making some more.
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