When Is a Good Time to Replace a Car Engine?

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Let’s be honest, it’s never really a good time to replace a car engine. This being said, your engine will give you signs that it has reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Rocky Mountain Diesel & Auto Repair is going to list five instances below that call for an engine replacement or rebuild at a minimum. We can help, so don’t worry.

Constant Overheating

If your engine is overheating constantly and you have already replaced the cooling system, there is something deeper going on that is causing the problem. It’s possible that you are driving with a cracked engine block. This is something that cannot be repaired. It could also be that you have a cracked head gasket or exhaust manifold gasket. A rebuild can repair these problems.

Excessive Exhaust Smoke

If you drive with a ton of exhaust smoke flowing out of the tailpipe, your engine is hemorrhaging and automotive fluid. Burning fuel will turn the exhaust black, burning oil will turn the exhaust blue, and burning coolant will turn the exhaust white. Depending on the cause of the hemorrhage, an engine rebuild may resolve the problem, such as replacing a cracked cylinder block.

Irreparable Power Loss

If your engine is no longer able to produce power no matter how often you have it serviced and repaired, your car, truck, or utility vehicle is telling you that it’s time for a new engine. Every piece of machinery runs out of life eventually. This includes the engine in your automobile. Irreparable power loss cannot be resolved by a partial engine rebuild. You’ll need a new engine.

Loud Knocking Noises

Loud knocking sounds coming from the engine can be an indication that you have worn rod bearings. This can be repaired with a partial engine rebuild. This being said, the worn bearings can damage the cylinder block or break one of the rods. If you have a broken rod, you will need to replace the engine.

Metal Shavings in the Oil

Finally, your engine will need to be replaced if there are metal shavings in the motor oil. The shavings are an indication that the parts that make up the engine are disintegrating. The shavings will also cause irreparable damage to the engine as the oil circulates through it.

Rocky Mountain Diesel & Auto Repair in Springville, UT, is here to help, so call us today. We can check the engine to determine if it can be rebuilt or needs to be replaced.

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