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Short of running the engine, I don't think there's any definitive way to test it out of the car.

To run the engine, you'd have to have a gearbox installed so the starter can engage the flywheel. You'd need a source of pressurized fuel as well.

You can perform a compression test, but again, you need to crank the engine.

You can do a leakdown test. That'll tell you the integrity of each combusion chamber (piston rings, head gasket, valve seats), but it can't tell if bearings are worn (or even a spun bearing). In addition, it's recommended to perform this on a warmed up engine.

Old 12-03-2004, 05:03 PM
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