Q: repairing broken camshaft damage

asked by on February 03, 2018

My Buick Skylark 3.1 V6 has a broken camshaft. engine replacement is recommended . my question is can I replace the block and cylinder heads and leave it at that ?using the rest of the parts from my old engine

My car has 184000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If you replace the block and heads, it is normally recommended to replace the internals of the engine as well. If the camshaft is the only thing that has broken, it is possible that the camshaft and lifters could be replaced and everything else could be salvaged.

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