The usual reasons for an automotive engine rebuild are; loss of compression, excessive oil consumption, or excessive oil clearances.

So, before the engine is rebuilt, it should be diagnosed, by performing a compression or leakdown test.

Consequently, choosing to do, an automotive engine rebuild, may be a more economical option than full replacement.

Above all, knowing what caused the engine to fail, is the first step in choosing the right option for you.

Oil consumption, is the loss of motor oil, even though there are no significant external oil leaks.

Common Causes, Of Oil Consumption Include:

  • Worn valve guides.
  • Dried valve guide seals.
  • Stuck oil control rings.
  • Excessive cylinder to piston clearance.

The most common symptom of, excessive oil clearances, is an awful knock coming from the engine. Low oil pressure is also a symptom of, excessive oil clearances, but is less common. But, automotive engine failure, has many warning signs.

Is it worth it to rebuild or repair my engine?

So, most of the time it comes down to, a personal choice. Our best advice is to have, a full vehicle inspection done; before having the engine repaired. Then, consider the total projected cost of the engine, plus any needed maintenance and repairs.

So, my car will be like new, right?

Nope. The car is much more than just the engine. There’s steering, suspension, transmission, brakes, tires, axles, fuel injection, smog equipment, and a lot more. And, all those components, have the same wear and tear as the engine.

What are the different ways of repairing the engine.

So, the least expensive is a ring and valve job. But, the philosophy is to repair the engine as needed.

You pay for what you get; so if your engine is less damaged then it costs less.

The next option is an in-house rebuild.

So, This repair can fix pretty much any engine problem. But, the philosophy is to repair the engine as needed.

The third and most expensive way is a rebuilt exchange engine.


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