Five Signs My Engine Needs to Be Replaced Rather Than Repaired

If you drive an old automobile with a ton of miles on it, J&S Auto Repair warns that there will come a time when your engine will need to be replaced because it can no longer be repaired. It will make sense to replace the engine because the cost of the repairs and the rebuilds will outweigh the cost of a new engine. Let’s talk about the signs that your engine needs to be replaced below.

Constant Knocking

If your engine is knocking constantly, this is a sign that the rod bearings have worn down. Eventually, you will break a rod, and your engine will be rendered useless. The knocking that you’re hearing is the pistons clanking against the cylinder walls. This not only damages the pistons but also the cylinders. Engine knocks can also be caused by other parts wearing down, such as your accessory belt.

Intense Exhaust

When we say intense exhaust we mean excessive exhaust. Even if you drive an automobile that has a diesel engine, you should never see a ton of exhaust pouring out of the tailpipe. If you do, your engine has a serious problem. Too much black exhaust smoke means that your engine is burning fuel. Excessive blue exhaust smoke means that your engine is burning oil. Intense white exhaust means the engine is burning coolant.

Intense Smoke

The exhaust may be accompanied by intense smoke flowing out from underneath your hood. This is a sign that you’ve blown a head gasket, but it can also be a sign that the engine parts are literally melting. Naturally, if either of these is the case, your engine will also be overheating. If your engine overheats constantly, this can be a sign that you need to replace it.

Metal Shavings

Metal shavings will be found in your motor oil once your engine begins to wear down. We’re serious. As the parts begin to disintegrate, the motor oil will pick up their metal shavings as it flows through the engine. To be completely honest with you, you won’t be driving long if this is the case. In fact, your engine will die within minutes to hours as the metal shavings destroy it.

Permanent Power Loss

Finally, it could be that your engine just doesn’t have any life left in it. You will notice that no matter how much you maintain the engine, it doesn’t have any power. This is a sign that your engine needs to be replaced because it is worn down and will no longer generate the power you need it to no matter how much you try to repair it.

Don’t worry. J&S Auto Repair is the best service shop in Warwick, RI. Give us a call today for a full engine inspection and assessment.

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