How Much Does An Engine Rebuild Cost?


If you’re having trouble with your engine you know it means bad news, but just how bad depends on what exactly is wrong with it. If you’re unlucky, you might need an entire engine rebuild. But how do you know for sure you need a rebuild? And what should you expect to pay if you do?

Your specific situation is going to come down to a number of factors, but we’ll walk you through some of what you’ll want to look out for and what to expect; including whether or not it might be worth it to just sell the car outright. We accept all cars regardless of condition and offer free towing and rides from our location.

How Do You Know If Your Engine Needs a Rebuild

A damaged engine can have a number of symptoms, and while it’s impossible to know for sure if your engine needs a rebuild without having it professionally diagnosed, these signs can hint at the potential problem and help you prepare for necessary expenses.

Some common problems that could lead to worry are issues with how the car runs, if the engine misfires, excessive oil leaks, engine oil burning, leaking head gaskets in the engine, and a slapping sound coming from the engine.

You might even be able to get an idea of what exactly is wrong with the engine based on the sound it’s making. If the engine knocks and rattles while it’s idling, you might expect worn out bearings in the bottom end. If the car often spews thick smoke, it’s likely that the seals have worn out, causing the oil to burn. If you hear clattering when you accelerate it means there’s too much freedom of movement for the pistons in their cylinders (in this case, even though the car may run alright, it can cause the engine to deteriorate).

What Is An Engine Rebuild

When an engine is rebuilt, it’s removed from the car and disassembled. Then, each of the parts is inspected and cleaned. Any damaged parts are replaced with new versions. Once the damaged parts are replaced, the engine is put together again with the new parts and new gaskets, seals, and oil in order to meet operating standards.

Engine rebuilds can be a good option because the engine is already paired to the car’s electrical system. Because it was installed in the car, you already know the engine can communicate with the car properly.

Cost Of An Engine Rebuild

The total cost of an engine rebuild is going to depend on a number of factors, including the number of parts that need to be replaced and the type of car that’s being repaired, but you can normally expect to spend anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 when you take into account labor costs. Unfortunately, that number will only go up depending upon what kind of work needs to be done. Certain parts cost much more to replace. For instance, if the pistons need to be replaced or the crankshaft is scored you can expect repair costs to increase by thousands.

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