Choosing Between Rebuilding and Replacing Your Engine

October 19, 2021 4:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Having your car last a long time is an ideal scenario. There’s nothing quite like having a reliable means of transportation that has taken you where you needed to go over the years—but cars and their engines can’t last forever.

If you’re having engine trouble, you might need engine repair. That’s not the only possible solution though. You could have your car’s engine replaced. You could also buy a whole new car instead.

It’s not always easy to tell whether you need engine repair, engine replacement or a new vehicle. This article will shed some light on that predicament.

Signs of engine trouble

If you don’t know that your engine needs to be rebuilt or replaced, your car’s structural integrity and your safety may be at risk. Some of the top signs that an engine is having trouble or failing include odd, knocking sounds under the hood, white exhaust smoke pouring out, flakes of metal in the oil, the check engine light coming on, decreased performance and loss of power. If you’re having these issues, you should consider engine repair, rebuilding or replacement.

When to replace the engine

While rebuilding the engine is often a realistic option, sometimes it is not. You will want to opt for engine replacement if your vehicle has more than 150,000 miles on it, there’s internal damage to the engine block or there are cracks or other damage on the outside of the engine.

These problems can arise from broken internal components or damaged crank shafts or connecting rods. From there, you can purchase a new engine, a used engine or a remanufactured engine. If you go the used-engine route, make sure it’s from a car with fewer than 60,000 miles. The shop you get it from will guarantee its quality and its compatibility with your vehicle’s sensors and computer systems.

When to rebuild the engine

Rebuilding the engine is an optimal solution if the problems with it are minor and easily remedied. Though a complicated and comprehensive process, rebuilding an engine can leave it almost as good as new. The engine is disassembled, cleaned and thoroughly inspected. From there, any worn or damaged parts are replaced by either new or refurbished parts. The parts most frequently replaced are the oil pump, gaskets, seals, O-rings, bearings, timing belts and valve springs. The parts are required to be up to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards.

There are many benefits to rebuilding an engine, the primary one being cost: You can save up to half the price of a new engine by having yours rebuilt. Plus, having your engine rebuilt means it will be checked for any signs of damage that may have cropped up over the years. In terms of compatibility, rebuilding your engine is the best choice, because you won’t have to worry about any engine control unit (ECU) connectivity issues. This is because your existing engine was specifically designed for your vehicle.

Call for engine repair today

Whether you require engine repair, rebuilding or replacement, call us at Gabriel’s Automotive & Towing. We’ve been providing high-quality automotive service for over 25 years, and our expert automotive technicians can help you with any car troubles that you may have.

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