Engine repairs can be very small. But, most times that is not the case. We handle engine repairs as seriously as the owner would; we're paid to do it.
Most of us are no strangers to car troubles. These troubles may result from bad luck, poor manufacturing, or improper maintenance. According to data published on Bankrate, the total cost of accidents caused by neglected vehicle maintenance was $2 billion in 2004. This amount has likely increased over the past 10 years, as during economic downturns, people simply don’t have the money to spend on car maintenance that they don’t feel is an immediate cause for alarm.
Engine issues are among the most commonly reported car problems, with 64,456 reported cases since 1996. According to Motorera, a blown engine is one that “has suffered some internal damage and will need extensive repair or replacement.”
A blown engine can occur as a result of problems such as a broken rod, a damaged valve, or leaking oil. If you need an engine replacement, a new one costs between $1,000 and $4,000, depending on your vehicle, the type of engine, and the shop where you get your car repaired.
Oftentimes, cars that need new engines have high mileage. When a car has more than 150,000 miles, The Car Connection suggests considering your options in terms of replacing other parts, as well. Vital parts, such as your power steering, radiator, and transmission, also have high mileage. If you only replace the engine, your car may be right back in the shop in a short amount of time. It’s wise to consider the whole picture, including your car’s value, with a large fix like an engine replacement.
A head gasket is essential to an engine’s proper functioning. Aiding in the compression process, a gasket seals an engine’s cylinders and stops coolant and oil from leaking. A blown gasket is is often caused by problems with timing, cooling, or manufacturing errors. When a head gasket blows, it causes mayhem within an engine. Coolant may leak, the engine can overheat, white smoke may come out of the exhaust pipe, and the oil may become discolored.
If your head gasket blows, you are looking at a serious cost. Although the gasket itself is not the most expensive part in the world, the labor costs are high. According to estimates by The Engine Guy, you should pay between $1,200 and $1,600 for head gasket repair.
Air conditioning compressor
An air compressor allows air to cool inside of a car. It separates high and low pressure air to foster an environment where freon can do its work, cooling down you car. A compressor can malfunction because of a parts issue. A rod or valve inside of the compressor can break, causing the compressor to stop performing. Or another part within your car, like an engine belt, may cause a ripple effect that results in a malfunctioning compressor.