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What are some tips for purchasing used Perkins diesel engines?

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The most important tip for buying a used Perkins diesel engine is, if at all possible, to view the engine in person before making a purchase. This allows the buyer to make sure vital components such as the cylinders, pistons and crankshaft are in good working order.

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Buyers who do not personally have much knowledge of diesel engines should bring a diesel mechanic with them when viewing the engine. While some parts of a diesel engine, such as the fuel injectors and glow plugs, are easy and relatively cheap to replace, other repairs are very costly. Even if the mechanic requires a fee for this service, paying a mechanic for one afternoon is far cheaper than paying to replace dented cylinders or cracked crankshafts.

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