Engine Repair, Replacement or Rebuild
The experts knows it’s a tough choice when having to choose between engine replacement, engine rebuilding or engine repair. The first thought that comes to your mind is, “how much does it cost to replace my engine?”, “how long will replacing my engine take?” and “Is rebuilding your engine more cost effective than replacing your engine?”. These a great question one of our certified auto engine repair and replacement technicians can answer that and more. You will sleep easier knowing that the crew is taking care of your car or truck.
Engine Rebuilding vs. Engine Replacement
It’s quite likely that engine rebuilding can save you money compared to engine replacement depending on the engine problem you are faced with and the cost of the parts needed for the repair.
Automotive diagnostics is our specialty and we know from experience that most engine rebuilds can be avoided with correct diagnostics and repair from a honest and qualified technicians. Acurate automotive diagnostics is important to ensuring only needed repairs are done, saving you time and money. Unlike most engine mechanics, our mission is to fix the problem the first time in the most cost effective ways as possible to keep happy customers coming back to us time and time again. It’s not by mistake that we turn customers into friends. Our customers truly love and trust us and it shows through our customer reviews.
If you engine is not worth rebuilding, replacing the engine may be the best option for you. Replacing the engine will add more years to the life of your vehicle and turn a once problematic automobile into a reliable one. Also, replacing the engine saves you money on smaller repairs that would of been needed along the way such as belts, filters, hoses and coolant. Our #1 priority is to give you the best options available for getting your vehicle back on the road in reliable condition.
Preventative maintenance for you vehicle helps you avoid costly future repairs and helps your automobile have a longer lifespan. Also, performing regular engine maintenance can help increase fuel efficiency and maintain peak performance.
Steps for Remanufacturing & Testing Auto Engines
Replacing an automobile engine is a big job that will take a big bite out of your wallet, but what if there were a way to replace the engine in your vehicle and save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars? Using remanufactured engines can save auto owners significant sums on engine replacement while still ensuring that a reliable engine is installed in the vehicle.
Normal wear and tear can degrade even the best-cared-for engines over time. When serious engine problems occur, many owners simply choose to purchase a new vehicle. Yet, for owners who simply can’t part with their favorite auto or restoration enthusiasts who have bought an old or junked vehicle they wish to refurbish, an engine replacement is often necessary.
While replacing an engine is one of the more costly automotive repair jobs, it’s still cheaper than buying a new automobile. Most engine replacement jobs will cost between $2,700 and $5,000, while even the least expensive new automobile will cost around $13,000 or more. Using remanufactured engines can further reduce the cost of replacing an engine. Remanufactured car engines are used automobile engines that have been completely taken apart, inspected, re-machined, reassembled, and tested to ensure that they meet or exceed original specs for reliability and performance. Remanufacturing is a much more thorough process than rebuilding an engine, as known defects of the original product are repaired in the remanufacturing process.
Disassembly and inspection – The remanufacturing process begins when mechanics completely disassemble the used engine being remanufactured. Mechanics take apart the engine using techniques found to reduce damage to components of the engine. Once the engine is taken apart, each component is thoroughly inspected to ensure that it still meets or exceeds original specifications. The testing process is thorough and incorporates the latest technology to allow mechanics to make the best choices concerning parts. Parts that don’t meet standards are marked for replacement and discarded.
Recovering parts – Parts that meet or exceed original specs that have been harvested from the old engine are thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned for reuse. Cleaning the parts ensures their optimal function and also gives mechanics a second look to ensure that they are in good shape
New Car Or Replace the Engine?
New cars aren’t getting any cheaper. Even with a new car warranty, high payments easily offset the value. A reliable used car, especially if it’s one that you’ve done maintenance and servicing on, may be a good candidate for an engine rebuild. If your five to ten year old car is in excellent condition except for the engine (or with high mileage), then the right choice might be to have the engine rebuilt or to install a remanufactured engine. (You might also consider a transmission rebuild as well.)
If I were going to choose an automobile brand to rebuild and last for ten years, I think I would choose a Volvo. They hold up well and are one of the safest vehicles on the road
In most cases with proper care, automobile engines are good for about 150,000 miles before they begin having serious engine problems, however there are times when you can have relatively new cars with much fewer miles and have the engine go bad. Failing engines can be caused by a number of things including improper car maintenance, an accident that causes damage that doesn’t appear right a way, something that was missed during the quality control check at the factory where the car was manufactured . . . or even the result of not changing a timing belt on time. Whatever the cause, engine replacement is a complicated process and having the right tools is essential to success, so it is best to leave your engine replacement to skilled mechanics who have the tools and the expertise to successfully complete the job and . . . do it right the first time.
How Much Does an Engine Replacement Cost?
One of the first questions most people ask is how much is that engine replacement going to cost. The truth is, until a professional mechanic actually looks at your car, that is going to be a difficult question to answer because the cost is going to depend on many factors.
Should You Have Your Engine Replaced or Buy A New Car?
A well equipped and experienced engine rebuilding shop might be your best overall solution. Keep up with maintenance and minor repairs and take care of the one major upgrade that could get you through the next decade. Timing is everything. One other thing to consider is the fact that automobile travel may change over the next five to ten years. All electric, computer assisted, self-driving vehicles may eliminate the need for many automobile activities
It is the end of the line for your engine. What happens next? Engine rebuilding may be the solution for you. At Gary’s Auto Service in Florissant, we’ll determine if engine rebuilding or another auto repair solution is the right answer for you. We want to ensure it is the right choice for you, your family, and your budget.
We understand how hard it can be to make a decision, regarding your vehicle. Sometimes, you wonder if your auto mechanic is upfront with you. At our facility, we look out for our clients. You will be clearly informed about each step of the engine rebuilding process. Our ASE-Certified career technicians will clearly explain things to you. You can count on us to be straightforward, honest, and looking out for your best interest.
What is the Difference Between a Used, Rebuilt and Remanufactured Engine?
The motor is blown, for one reason or another, but you love your car, so it is time to replace your vehicle’s engine. Do you buy brand new or get a used engine? Well you have several options, but most likely you won’t need to buy a brand new engine. New engines, often referred to crate motors, are generally purchased when building a custom car or hot rod. A daily driver vehicle will often warrant a used, rebuilt or remanufactured engine. But what is the difference?
A used engine is one that was likely pulled out a vehicle that was wrecked or had damage to another one of its mechanical systems that ended up sending the car to the junkyard. The engine most likely doesn’t have a lot of miles on it and didn’t need to have any parts replaced, so it was simply pulled out of the car and is ready to be placed into a new car. This is often the cheapest method of replacing an engine, if one can be found.
A rebuilt engine, like a used engine was pulled out of a car but it has had some parts replaced. It was likely disassembled, cleaned and put back together with any parts that needed to be updated and new gaskets throughout. When done properly a rebuilt engine can last for hundreds of thousands of miles.
The highest quality option for replacing an engine in your car, truck or SUV involves a remanufactured engine. This means that an engine was pulled from a vehicle and then returned to factory condition. The cylinders were machined along with all other parts to restore their specifications so that the engine operates as if it was brand new. These engines will likely be sold with an extended warranty, but will likely last longer than a used or rebuilt engine, but they will cost more up front