Engine Collection Best Practice

Engine Collection Best Practice

There may be many reasons why you need to ship an engine. Perhaps you want to sell your old car part by part or maybe you are just a supplier that relies on the shipment of pallet engines. 

In this article, we'll tell you how to ship an engine and prepare it for collection. 

Remember that if you want to reduce the risk of your engine becoming damaged, you can always rely on a pallet delivery company that specialises in shipping pallet engines. PalletOnline has around 89 strategically placed hubs throughout the UK. 

Draining All Fluids

Before considering contacting a pallet delivery company for the collection of engines, you must get rid of all the oil and fluids inside. 

Each of the components that you want to ship must be fully drained of all fluids, including water. Keep in mind that the courier will most likely test if there is any liquid inside the components using a dipstick, so it's vital to ensure they are completely dry before they arrive. 

If oil or other fluids are found, then your shipment may be refused and you could be faced with non-collection surcharges to compensate for the inconvenience. 

Preventing Leakage

To prevent any sort of leakage, it is recommended that you place the engine or motor parts on an absorbent material - this will better help to soak up all residual liquids and dry out the engine before collection. 

You can use things like old carpets or anything with small holes to absorb the liquids quickly. This must also be done before placing the engine on the pallet. 

Positioning The Engine

The engine must be centrally positioned on the pallet and you must allow at least three inches in excess of the pallet area, on all sides around the items. If there is any movement, this excess will prevent the items from overhanging. 

In most cases, overhanging items will inflict a second pallet space charge. 

Securing The Engine

Most of the surface of the engine should make contact with the pallet. You must secure the pallet with ratchet straps to prevent it from moving and tipping. When securing your pallet with ratchet straps, at least two straps should be used on the top of small pieces in order to minimise their movement during transit. 

Top Tips And Tricks

Two important factors when shipping an engine with a pallet delivery company are position and stability. Your pallet will have to be loaded and unloaded several times until it reaches its destination. 

With this in mind, make sure you comply with all the aforementioned - not just to avoid any surcharges but also to make sure that your item will reach the end of its journey undamaged. 

Some say that one of the safest ways to ship an engine or motor part is by placing it inside a car tyre before securing it onto the pallet. After this, you have to ratchet strap the engine - the car tyre will absorb any shocks or such and will further stabilise the engine. 

If you need additional support or advice, please feel free to get in touch with PalletOnline

Questions & Answers

The engine should be properly secured to the pallet by at least a ratchet strap. Professional plastic or steel banding with two bands should be acceptable. Straps and bands must be protected where they come into contact with the engine to prevent any sliding.


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Start by draining the engine of all fluids, including water and oil and then secure the engine to the base of the pallet. Keep in mind that the collection can only be made on solid ground and you will also need to make sure your pallet base is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the engine.


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The standard UK pallet size is 1200 by 1000mm and is available in a number of types and weight bearing capacities. Standard pallets are widely used throughout the UK and mostly for the export of goods.


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You can buy pallets directly from pallet manufacturers and you can even have them custom-made to fit your items perfectly. Alternatively, you can get them second-hand from industrial areas, supermarkets, small businesses and wholesalers who usually have plenty of spare pallets.


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They advise standard pallet dimensions to be 120 x 100 x 60 centimetres. Pallets of that size are often referred to as quarter pallets.


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