Recycling scrap engine parts

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Will general metal recyclers normally take aluminum cylinder heads/timing covers, iron block, pistons/con rods etc? Have an old Caravan engine that I thought would be fun to take apart and make go away, plus I have other metal to recycle anyway. I try to separate things, but the pistons/con rods might be a challenge........ I know metal recyclers have certain requirements etc. Thanks for general tips?
 
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here, mixed metals are ok, but like chris said, the oil pan and valve covers come off. I think this prevents oil getting everywhere at the recycle yard.
 
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call each one and ask. I have to say today I was really spoiled by http://www.allamericanrecycle.com/ when i brought in 2 engines, a tranny, and a couple mowers. one engine was together, the other was a subaru which was in pieces. they had an army of guys who picked through everything, sorted everything, and i came out with twice as much cash as i expected (but less than half of what i deserve!)
 

oilboy123

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Well I have the heads off...... I was going to pull the oil pan,crank, and pistons. This was a motor that died from sludge. Curious about what the bottom end looks like.
 

Kestas

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Just so you know, iron is somewhat of a "poison" in the aluminum waste stream. Theoretically, the more ferrous bits you can remove, the more money you should get for the aluminum parts. I imagine that in practise, they probably chop up the aluminum and separate the ferrous bits with a magnet.
 

oilboy123

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So how does things like piston/con rods, and aluminum/steel parts on heads etc get recycled? Does a recycler just turn them in and they get mulched up in a machine, and separated with a magnet?
 
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As you are somewhat interested, maybe pull it to pieces, throw the stuff that is obviously wheat and tares in separate buckets, and have at it ?
 
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If the heads are any good I'd throw 'em on ebay. Can always scrap them later if they don't sell. See if ebay has a "no sell, no pay" option for listing, I think they do. Apparently a "clean" aluminum rim (20 lbs) is worth around $15, FWIW. I traded two rims and a dead saturn motor for two used tires, I probably good snookered but it cleaned out my garage.
 
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The last time I worked with scrap engines, the metal recycles offered use a case of beer for each dead engine. 1 was an aluminum block and iron head engine (Nissan Sentra 1.8) and the other one was an iron block with aluminum head (VW 2.slow). What I always wondered when recycling engines was what would happen to copper and lead engine parts.
 
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Originally Posted By: artificialist
What I always wondered when recycling engines was what would happen to copper and lead engine parts.
From what I heard they will separate them after melting via electrolysis.
 
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tear it down and separate it into iron/steel and aluminum parts. If you bring it in mixed you will get a mixed rate. It's worth more separated.
 
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