Top 3 Ways To Avoid Costly Engine Repairs

by | Nov 18, 2020 | advice, Car maintenance

Engine Repairs Costs Major Cash

a pile of 50 dollar bills

Pictured here: cash you can’t afford to spend on engine repairs.
Photo by Cottonbro

Of all the kinds of repairs your car might need, engine repairs are by far the most expensive. It can cost you as much as $10,000! In most cases, it’s better to just buy a new car rather than bother with engine repairs. You know what’s better than buying a new car? Not needing to in the first place! If you want to avoid repairing your engine, here are the three most important things to do.

1. Take Care of Your Timing Belts and Chains

Your car’s engine is a complicated mix of moving parts and if they don’t operate in proper order, they can damage each other. To keep everything working properly, timing belts or timing chains are used to control when certain actions are performed by the engine. If the timing belt or chain breaks, it can bend, crack, or break off valves. This leads to a cascading series of catastrophes. It will bend connecting rods, damage the cylinders, and eventually destroy the pistons. Every critical part of the engine will be damaged in some way, making repairs impossible. The entire engine will need to be replaced after this.

Fortunately, regular maintenance can easily prevent this. Having a mechanic check the timing belt or chain during routine maintenance can spot any chance of it going bad before it happens. If there are signs of trouble, replacing the belt or chain is simple and inexpensive. If you have a choice between a quick belt replacement, or an expensive engine replacement, it’s clear which one is the best option.

mechanic changing fluids2. Check Your Fluids

Checking your fluids is a standard part of keeping your car in good condition, but a lot of people forget about it. When it comes to avoiding the need to repair your engine, there are two fluids you need to be most concerned with: oil and coolant.

Oil keeps your engine running smoothly. It reduced friction, keeping the parts from grinding and cracking as they interact with each other. If it runs low, your engine will wear out really quickly. You should check your oil at least once a month, but every couple of weeks is better. If your car is getting old and prone to leaks, checking the oil every week is advisable.

Coolant is used to keep your engine from overheating. In addition to friction, the process of burning fuel to rotate the parts builds up lots of heat. As the parts in the engine get hot, they expand and may grind more against each other. The expansion and contraction of parts as the engine heats and cools can also cause parts to crack. Coolant is used to keep the engine from reaching temperatures that can cause these problems. You should top off your coolant any time you notice coolant loss, which you’ll usually notice if the car’s thermometer reads higher than normal temperatures. You might also see coolant spills under your car. If you notice any spills, take your car to a mechanic to have the leak fixed as soon as possible.

3. Keep On Top of Manufacturer’s Service Schedule

There are plenty of other parts of the car that are important: water pumps, flushes, gaskets, etc. While they might not lead to catastrophic engine failure, letting these parts wear out will seriously shorten the life of your engine. To keep that from happening, all you have to do is keep up with your regularly scheduled maintenance. Routine maintenance will let your mechanic catch onto any problems before they start. Replacing or repairing a small part of your car’s engine may cost you anywhere from $300 to $800. While that’s not exactly spare change, it’s a WAY less than the $10,000 bill you’ll face if you need full engine replacement.

Mechanic working on engine repairs or engine replacementEngine Replacement

Here at SE Performance, we don’t generally do full engine repairs. The problem is that when one part of the engine breaks, it tends to have a domino effect that damages everything else in the engine. If you wait to the point that something in the engine needs repairs, it’s usually done too much damage to the whole. In the end, it’s necessary to replace the whole engine, which we are fully capable of doing.

That said, it’s way better to avoid needing it in the first place. That can be managed with regular maintenance.

Check With Us

How long has it been since your last maintenance check-up? If it’s been more than a year, you’re overdue. Regular check-ups is the key to spotting problems before they become expensive repair bills. If you need a check-up for your car, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always ready to help out. We’ll give your car a once over and make sure that there’s nothing you have to worry about. If there are any problems, we’ll get them fixed up quickly and with as little fuss as possible. Check in with us today!

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