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How much does an Engine replacement cost?

The engine is usually the largest, most expensive, and most integral part of any vehicle. The cost to replace an engine varies greatly due to make and model. The price to replace the engine ranges from $2,000-$18,000, it really does again depend on the specific year, make, and model of vehicle.

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What is an Engine?

The engine is the core part of the vehicle that burns the fuel, converting it into the power needed to move that vehicle. Engine's therefore use "internal combustion", basically indicating they provide a way to burn the fuel inside the engine to generate this power. Engine's are generally measured by the number of piston cylinders and amount of volume in those cylinders.


What are the common symptoms of Engine problems?

  • Loss of engine power
    This can be triggered by many issues including a blown head gasket; bent or broken valves; a faulty fuel pump; or bad ignition, coils, or spark plugs.
  • Poor performance while running
    If your car starts OK but experiences lack of engine power during acceleration, it could any one of a dozen problems: bad or worn spark plugs, fuel delivery, air intake, timing belt, burnt valve or bent valves, low compression. We think you should get a professional diagnosis.
  • Abnormal engine noises
    Noises are usually related to the part that is being used. So if you hear something when you turn on your AC, it’s probably your AC compressor or fan. A knocking from your suspension going over bumps? Bingo – problem’s with your suspension. Noises coming from the actual engine can vary from ticking to knocking. Both are signs of expensive repairs. Go go go get it looked at ASAP. Driving is not recommended.
  • Excessive oil consumption
    This means there’s probably an internal or external oil leak. External leaks will be seen on the ground and may come with a burning smell. Internal leaks are harder to find and usually require diagnosis. Sometimes blue smoke can be seen from the exhaust. Possible causes for internal leak or consumption are increased wear of pistons, valve stem seals, valve guides, or a defect in the crankcase.

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How urgent are Engine repairs?

Your engine performance can be problematic because of a variety of reasons: bad sensors, low oil, contamination, cooling issues etc... Anything putting your engine at risk should be addressed sooner than later, but some things are more urgent and vital than others as far as how quickly they should be addressed to prevent further or more severe damage to the car. An sensor might attribute to lower engine performance and in turn lower fuel economy but not cause adverse risk to the rest of the system. Low engine oil due to beginning stages of internal engine failure on the other hand should not be left alone and should be addressed right away.

What are common Engine maintenance issues?

Low oil is the most common issue that puts an engine at risk. Your owner’s manual specifies the oil required and the proper replacement interval. If something else is contributing to the low oil condition such as a leak, it should be addressed right way. Maintaining and replacing your car’s air filter and spark plugs can also help extend engine life. Both are usually part of a regular tune-up. A vehicle's timing belt should also be replaced when necessary based on the vehicle's manufacturer specifications.