Engine Problems and Your Options
What are the typical symptoms of engine problems?
Excessive smoke from tailpipe; excessive oil consumption; knocking or tapping sounds; low oil pressure; low compression; water mixing in oil; oil getting into the air cleaner and/or radiator.
What are the typical causes of car engine problems?
Normal mileage wear and tear; poor maintenance; lubrication problems; excessive overheating.
My vehicle suffered major engine damage, now what?
So when an engine “dies,” it does not have to be the end of your vehicle. Smart shoppers, like smart motorists, make better decisions when they know all of the options. When a car or truck needs major engine repair, the first response and the reaction of many consumers are to buy a new or used vehicle. Sometimes disposing of your current vehicle might make sense, but often it’s simply not necessary, or even the best decision.
If your vehicle is in relatively good shape it makes sense to update it by rebuilding or replacing the engine, rather than replacing the vehicle. Once you consider the “hidden” costs in a new or used vehicle, the economic benefits become very clear.