Originally Posted by MikeW
do you think this warrants a second opinion. I am curious as to why the first place dismissed it as a definite rebuild/replace so quickly --- dont want to drop cash into a hole, but any chance it coud be a more simple fix than replacing the engine? I guess Im just loking for a more positive solution.
If You can get the engine started, then, pull plug wires and replace them back onto the plugs as You go along until you find the faulty cylinder. Just have the plug wires loosened for easy removal before starting the engine.
Go to Oriellys parts store and rent/borrow a compression tester and see what compressions the cylinders is producing.
If You have a decent selection of tools and a little mechanical understanding, get the book for the engine, at least do a partial disassemble to see just what it was that went bad then base Your decisions on the new found knowledge.
I am not a throw away sort of a person so, to Me, I always try to repair what it is that I already own. it is a sort of a curse.