Why You Should Consider a Remanufactured Engine
It’s never a good sign when your vehicle’s engine starts to show indications of wear. Repairing the unit can be costly, and replacing the system could potentially be unaffordable. You’re left feeling even more helpless and frustrated when you understand little about your vehicle’s mechanics.
If you find yourself with a dead or dying engine, there are several routes you can take. You could always opt to just replace your vehicle, but that may seem foolish if you recently purchased a car. Instead, you could look to remanufacture your engine.
Before you head out to a car engine repair shop, see why you may want to consider getting your engine remanufactured. It won’t only be considerably cheaper than replacing your vehicle, but it could also increase the lifespan if your ride…
It’s first important to understand why your engine is failing. It’s unlikely that this information will help save your current motor. However, you can certainly consider these contributing factors as you’re driving around in a new car or with a new engine.
Normal wear and tear are the most common causes for a doomed engine, as the system can’t be expected to last forever. It’s inevitable that the system will eventually decide to call it quits, but you can do your part in holding off the engine’s demise, all while improving the motor’s longevity. If you drive your vehicle properly, keep up on oil changes, and get your car normally checked out be a mechanic, you should expect your vehicle to have a prolonged life.
Of course, there are several issues you can’t prevent. There may be a lubrication issue in the vehicle’s mechanics, which could compromise multiple parts. You may also find that your engine or accompanying parts are overheating. In this case, you’ll want to get your car into a mechanic as soon as possible. If you come across any of these issues, you can probably attribute blame to the faulty parts.
If your engine fails while you’re operating the vehicle, you’ll notice that the power steering and power brakes will be the first to disappear. If you find yourself in this potentially dangerous situation, you should apply the brakes and slowly decelerate your vehicle in the breakdown lane. You’ll want to assure that this is done following the first hint of an issue, as the brake’s power boost will quickly be compromised. You may find the vehicle has a heavy feeling that’s difficult to handle, but you should still be able to steer and compensate. It’s important to avoid other cars, and you could always rely on the guard rail to stop your vehicle.
A dead engine shouldn’t spell doom for the accompanying vehicle. As CarCare.com explains, it’d be a natural reaction to pursue a new or used vehicle following your previous engine’s demise. However, you still have a perfectly good car, and it may make more sense financially to get that vehicle fixed up.
You could always opt for a remanufactured/rebuilt engine, although this is strategy is often used exclusively by those looking to restore a classic motor. Using advanced and innovative equipment, a skilled machinist will take your faulty engine and revamp the standards and specifications. There’s a good chance that a number of new parts will be added, which (as CarCare.org explains) will lead to improved performance standards. As Mike Pfau of Jasper Engines explained to Automotive-Fleet.com, these fixed up engines are opportunities to correct the issues of the original system.
“With a remanufactured product, you have the benefit of hindsight,” Pfau said. “When these original engines were designed and built, they were designed and built in a certain manner. When they get into service, there may be things that have failed, which did not hold up as well, that experience and history can teach us. So we as manufacturers will look at those areas, and we’ll make modifications that will improve the overall performance and durability of the engine.”
The most common fix in these engines is the intake valve, which is usually replaced by a sodium-filled valve. Automotive-Fleet.com also gives a long list of common moves engineers use to re-engineer an engine. Replacing exhaust valves with stellite exhaust valves is a common fix, and these machinists often install a hardened crankshaft, hyper-eutectic pistons, chrome-molly piston rings, a Teflon rear seal, a chrome-plated valve stems, and graphite-coated pistons. These are all high-performance parts, meaning you will have to dish out some extra money. There are obviously some advantages to pursuing these pieces, as they can reduce heat and friction, improve your engine’s performance, and assist in the longevity of your vehicle.
AutomotiveFleet.com says a remanufactured engine should last at least as long as the original motor was intended to. In some cases, it could prolong the life of your ride, and it may add some extra value to the vehicle. This is certainly something to consider if you’re a car driver who likes to trade-in for a new vehicle.
Usually, these rebuilt engines are considered upgrades over the original units produced by the brand’s factory. The engines are also traditionally inexpensive, they provide improved fuel economy, and they typically emit fewer pollutants. Furthermore, you’ll be helping the environment by avoiding the production of another engine, thus “conserving energy and resources.”
As you can see, there are a number of advantages to pursuing a remanufactured engine (besides the initial and sudden sticker shock, of course). Michael Karesh, the owner and creator of TrueDelta, doesn’t see any incentive to not getting an engine remanufactured. Furthermore, he doesn’t understand why potential consumers would be tentative about inserting a new engine into the vehicle.
“I don’t see why anyone would be more concerned about these than the same model without a rebuilt engine,” he told Sami Haj-Assaad of AutoGuide.com. “Buyers should possibly be less concerned, as the new rings should prevent the problem.”
When opting for a refurbished engine, you’ll likely be given some kind of warranty, whether it’s for one year or for 12,000 miles. You’ll occasionally find warranties that last multiple years or an unlimited number of miles, although we wouldn’t count on this when you’re pursuing a machinist.
In regards to the price, you’ll be eyeing a $2,250 to $4,000 purchase if you opt for a refurbished engine. This is only about 10 to 20-percent of the cost of a new vehicle, clearly making it the more affordable option. Furthermore, you’ll be saving money on gas due to improved fuel economy, and you won’t see an increase in insurance since you won’t be purchasing a new car.
“We found that if you are proactive in replacing engines, you won’t spend more in the long run, although your initial expense may be more,” Bob Haddox, the director of transportation for Tulsa Public Schools, told Automotive-Fleet.com.
Depending on your budget and how long you’ve owned the car, a remanufactured engine may not be the best strategy for you. However, in most cases, it won’t only be the best financial option, but it could also be the best choice for your vehicle. It’s certainly not an easy choice, but there’s no doubt that it’s an option that should be considered.