What is a short block engine?


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A short block engine is an assembly piece used in manufacturing a complete and functioning engine. The short block is the part that goes above the oil pan and below the head gasket.

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Although not complete, short block engines usually come with pistons that connect rods to cranks. An oil pump, gaskets and cylinder pumps are additional parts needed with a short block engine. Mechanics often use short block engines as a quicker way to rebuild engines that are in need of repair. Short block engines are different from long block engines, which require less time and parts in the installation process.

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