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Old 05-11-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Default Truck motor: rebuild or replace?

I'm not a gear head at all so I'm throwing this question out there in the hopes of getting some good advice.

I have a '99 F-150 with the 5.4 V8, have about 200,000 miles on it and it's really starting to use oil a good bit whenever I do any towing, and it's lost some power, and I'm wondering if I should have the motor (and tranmission, might as well take care of it while I'm at it) rebuilt, or have them both replaced?

The shop that I use (Advanced Tire in Pace) said that they could replace the motor and transmission, and that the brand would be Jasper. Does anyone have any experience with Jasper engines/transmissions? Would it be more economically feasible to just get the motor and trans rebuilt? What would be a good shop to take it too?

Thanks for any and all advice!
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
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I'm sure you'll get a bunch of advice better than mine(not a motor head). But after rebuilding one manual tranny myself and having automatics rebuilt by shops, I would go with factory new or factory rebuilt tranny. Never had good luck with shop rebuilt trannies. Good Luck.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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Jasper engines are as good as any other rebuild & they have a warranty too.
For a transmission, I would find out what fits & get one out of a wreck. Roll-over only, NOT a front or rear impact. Those wrecks can have stresses to the input or output shafts. Be careful what you buy as newer models are computer controlled..............
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:44 AM   #4
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jasper has been around a long time, im a retired mech 7 yrs, worked 40 years, probally be all right should have a 1 year warrenty. ford( fred jones offers rebuilt also) if you rebuilt yours it could end up costing more than a new one.chevy has some factory replacements , ford may also. if its not using huge amounts of oil keep tha same engine a while call me 607 7063 been in bed sick a week cant type straight ill tell u some more options, did it 40 years in town here.
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