When Is an Engine Replacement Inevitable?

If you plan on keeping your car, truck, or utility vehicle forever, there will come a time when you will need to replace the engine. Some people never want to get rid of their automobiles because they are driving their dream cars or they have other significant meanings to the owners. We understand this here at CAR FIX. If you are driving the vehicle of your dreams, there will never come a time that you want to get rid of it. In this case, you may need the engine replaced if the following occurs.

Constant Knocking

Constant knocking is an indication that there is a problem with the rods or rod bearings. This can cause serious damage to the cylinders and pistons. When this happens, or if you break a rod, the engine becomes useless. Unfortunately, it will take extensive rebuilding of the engine to get it operational again. In severe cases, the entire engine may need to be replaced.

Constant Overheating

Constant overheating is also an indication of serious trouble if the cooling system is operating as it should be. One instance where the engine will overheat constantly is if you have a cracked engine block. Unfortunately, this cannot be repaired. In this case, you will need to replace the engine because crucial parts such as the cylinders and pistons might also be damaged.

Excessive Exhaust

If you have a cracked engine block, you may also have excessive exhaust flowing out of the tailpipe. For example, if the exhaust color is blue, you’ve got oil leaking into the cylinders. This is a serious problem. Black engine exhaust suggests that the engine is hemorrhaging fuel. It can be dangerous to drive your automobile with a fuel leak this large. White exhaust means engine coolant is being burned.

Extreme Power Loss

Your automobile may also end up with extreme power loss because the engine is simply worn out. There isn’t a specific repair that will restore the power. In this case, the engine has reached the end of its life and it needs to be replaced. As with any piece of machinery, your vehicle’s engine can also get to a point where it can no longer generate power due to its age.

Metal Shavings in the Oil

Finally, if you end up with metal shavings in the motor oil, your engine needs to be replaced. As the parts get old, they began to disintegrate. The disintegration is what causes the metal shavings in the oil. Continuing to drive your automobile and this condition will damage the engine beyond repair, although it is already beyond repair if the parts are disintegrating.

CAR FIX in Crossville, Cookeville, or Oak Ridge, TN, can help. Call the shop closest to you today.

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