Self Service Used Auto Parts: Help Removing an Engine

The vast majority of auto parts at pick-n-pull junkyards can be removed with basic tools that many consumers have sitting at home in their garage: wrenches, ratchet wrench sets, screwdrivers, and rubber mallets for tapping parts loose, to name a few.

The one thing that these tools have in common is that they work best for removing self-service used parts that can carried by hand to the payment counter of a Lubbock, Texas, car buyer that operates as a junkyard. But there are also self-service used auto parts that don’t fit this description. To remove some parts particularly engines you need more than a tool box.

Help Removing an Engine

The nuts, bolts, and screws that secure an engine in place can often be removed with the simple, handheld tools mentioned above. This is the easy part. The hard part is finding a way to hoist the engine out of its compartment once nothing secures the engine in place.

One option for engine removal an engine is to bring plenty of friends with you, whose combined strength could lift the engine. The only problem is that the engine must be gripped from the top, which doesn’t offer much leverage for pulling it up and out of the compartment. Furthermore, you want to ensure the engine isn’t dropped and damaged during removal. What can you do?

Use an Engine Pulling A-Frame

An engine pulling a-frame is designed for hoisting engines from their compartments. The a-frame is essentially like a small crane: It can lift the engine out on a straight, vertical line.

Thankfully, many Lubbock, Texas, car buyers that operate as junkyards provide customers with a-frames free of charge. So, you have the opportunity to remove the engine the way the pros do. But how do you transport the engine to the payment counter and load it onto your truck?

Sturdy Wagons and Wheelbarrows

In addition to offering engine pulling a frames, many customer-oriented junkyards offer wagons and wheelbarrows for transporting an engine to the payment counter. But then you face another difficulty: How do you load the engine from a wagon or wheelbarrow onto your truck?

One option is to drop the tailgate, place wheel ramps that stretch from the ground up to the truck’s bed, place the engine on an industrial dolly, and roll it into the truck bed. But this arrangement can require lots of extra hands to push the engine up the ramps.

If the junkyard permits you to do it, using the engine pulling a-frame to hoist the engine onto your truck bed may be the easiest option. If you count on using this method, it’s best to contact the junkyard ahead of time to see whether using an A-frame in this way is permissible. 

Need Help Removing an Engine?

If so, Wrench-A-Part offers two kinds of equipment that are essential for the job: engine pulling A-frames, and wagons and wheelbarrows. To learn how you can use the resources that we provide to customers for free, please contact our Lubbock location today at 806-748-7278. With our sturdy equipment, we can make removing an engine much easier than you may think.

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