Replacing a vehicle’s engine is a huge commitment, which is why many people choose this option when they do not want to get rid of their cars. For some, there is an emotional attachment to the vehicle, and they have no intention of selling it – ever. Mark’s Auto Service understands this love for an automobile, which is why we can get to replacing your vehicle’s engine. Here are five times when this is necessary.
1. Collision Damage
Insurance companies usually total cars because there is severe engine damage alongside body damage after an accident. Costs get significantly higher if the insurance company has to pay for extensive engine work, as well, so they will total the vehicle instead. If the engine damage is bad enough, you’ll have to replace the engine after the accident.
2. Cracked Engine Block
The engine block comprises internal combustion parts, which means it deals with a lot of heat and high pressure. Over time, this heat and pressure weaken the engine block, and it can eventually crack. Excess heat also cracks an engine block, so keep an eye on your dashboard’s temperature gauge and get any overheating problems fixed as soon as possible.
3. Excess Engine Exhaust
Vehicle exhaust is a sign of your engine’s health. Excessive black exhaust means your engine is burning fuel. Excessive blue exhaust means the engine is burning motor oil. Excessive white exhaust signals a blown head gasket and severe coolant loss. Depending on why the fuel and oil are leaking and the extent of the head gasket damage, you might need a new engine.
4. High-Mileage Breakdown
If you drive a high-mileage vehicle, you may need to have the engine replaced soon. Automobile engines are only designed to last so long, and this has nothing to do with manufacturers wanting you to buy new cars. Mechanical parts wear down, and, eventually, you’ll find yourself replacing parts, and then systems, and then the entire engine just because it’s too old.
5. Metal Shavings in Oil
Frequent oil changes will extend the life of your automobile and also alert mechanics of potential problems. For example, one sign that your engine is too old is metal shavings in the motor oil. Shavings will kill the engine quickly, and they are a sign that the engine parts have worn down so much that they are dissolving into the motor oil.