Best Way to Ship an Engine

February 10, 2019
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Do you have Peterbilt truck engines to ship across the country to keep truckers and deliveries humming along? Or maybe you’re a car nut looking to ship a new car engine or truck engine from door to door. No matter the scenario, we have the tools you need to keep your motor running and ship your engines the right way.

The best way to ship an engine hinges on your ability to use a shipping service that offers pickup and delivery and utilizes terminal to terminal delivery. You should always:

  • Use freight terminals to handle your engine shipments on pallets
  • Drain all oils and fluids from the engine
  • Find a freight partner that offers you a reasonable shipping cost

We’ll break it down for you so you get the job done right the first time.

Drain All Engine Fluids

best way to ship an engine

We realize oil is the lifeblood of your engine. But it’s not allowed in any engine during shipping. Same goes for transmission fluid, brake fluid and any other lubricants that keeps the engine running. This simple step keeps other shipments on an LTL trailer safe during transport.

Highlight Engine Parts

Making sure that your engine’s parts are properly tagged is a professional way to highlight every connection part on the engine. The receiver of the engine will appreciate where all of the engine hookups are when the shipment is delivered.

Pack, Pallet and Wrap the Engine

Once all of your fluids are drained, it’s time to wrap the engine and prepare it for shipping. Shrink wrap and bubble wrap work well here. Corrugated cardboard boxes or wooden crates work well to protect your engine during shipping. Use foam and packing peanuts to protect the engine and its parts from moving around during transport. Secure your crate to a sturdy pallet to keep your crate extremely secure during shipping and to provide extra security using a block and brace shipping method.

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How to Determine Your Freight Class for Your Engine

Freight classes are very important for engine shipping and help you decide what your shipping costs will be. When you are shipping something like a Peterbilt truck engine, for instance, that’s a Class A. Smaller car engines like Honda Civics and other cars will have different classifications that will affect your costs and your shipping method accordingly.

Ask yourself the following questions when determining the weight class for your engines:

Is This a New Engine or a Used Engine?

Used engines fall under a different freight class and have a different NMFC code. However, a used engine that is refurbished or rebuilt may qualify for a new engine classification so check with your shipper to get the best shipping rate.

How are You Packing the Engine?

The type of weight class your engine receives also hinges on the way your engine is packed. Mounting your engine on a secure crate affects your crate’s freight rate.

What is the Released Value of the Shipment?

So, what is the released value of the shipment? It’s a value that is lower than an engine’s commercial value that helps reduce a shipping carrier’s liability during transport. This value helps determine your weight class and is placed on the Bill of Lading (BOL).

Peterbilt Engine Shipping Tips

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Are you shipping popular Peterbilt engines across the country? Peterbilt engines are some of the most popular truck engines in the world, known for their durability and high quality parts. Other types of commercial engines that can be shipped includes:

  • Car engines
  • Diesel engines
  • Locomotive/railway engines
  • Marine engines
  • Heavy machinery engines
  • Tractor trailer engines
  • Aircraft engines

Fill Out Your Shipping Level Properly

Labeling your car engine and its contents is an important part of the shipping process. Include the following:

  • Type of engine
  • Model of engine
  • Any engine modifications
  • Extra parts associated with engine included

All of this information also helps shippers give you accurate shipping costs. This will also be invaluable information for insurance purposes.

How Do You Move an Engine?

Moving an engine is difficult. They are large, heavy and bulky. Using a wooden pallet and making sure you have access to a loading and unloading service during transport is extremely important. Pallet jackets will save you a lot of time and effort when it’s time to load and unload those pallets with engines.

Secured Divider Provides Engine Shipping Benefits

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Have you considered a secured divider shipping service for your engine delivery? It’s the best way to keep your valuable engines separate from the rest of a Less Than Truckload (LTL) trailer. Through our partnership with R+L Carriers, you also have access to a wide variety of nationwide service centers can pick up your freight and deliver it just about anywhere.

Secured divider benefits include:

  • 24/7 live shipment monitoring
  • Tamper resistant Lock and Seal protection until shipment is delivered
  • Load and Unload services
  • A divider wall and braces to keep your shipment secure in separate area
  • Peace of mind that shipment is not touch until it reaches its destination
  • Nose-loaded freight transport for superior protection on the truck trailer

Get a Secured Divider Shipping Quote Today

Secured Divider services make sure your guaranteed shipments are protected and stay secure behind a locked wall at all times.

The You Crate team is standing by to help you with an individualized quote for all of your engine shipping needs. Call us today at 877-558-2580 to see how we can help you with the best way to ship an engine today. Connect with us online and get a quote.

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