Signs My SUV's Engine Needs to Be Replaced

Signs My SUV’s Engine Needs to Be Replaced

You love your SUV, and you plan to keep the SUV forever. Keep in mind that there will come a point when you need to replace the engine. The engine in your SUV is a machine, and all machines reach the ends of their lives eventually. If you are having any of the problems listed below, it may be time to replace the engine in your SUV. At a minimum, it may be time to rebuild it.

A Ton of Engine Exhaust

Imagine that your SUV has started releasing a ton of exhaust out of the tailpipe. This is a sign that you have an automotive fluid that is hemorrhaging out of the engine. As the engine burns the excess fluid, it creates exhaust. If the fluid that is hemorrhaging is fuel, the exhaust will be black. When oil hemorrhages in the engine, the exhaust is blue. The exhaust is white for coolant.

Inability to Produce Power

As we mentioned above, the engine has a lifespan, and, eventually, it will reach the end of it. When this happens, the engine will no longer be able to produce power. Unfortunately, in this particular case, we cannot rebuild the engine. Again, it has reached the end of its life. As such, we will need to remove the old engine and replace it with a new one in your SUV.

Knocking Constantly

An old engine may start to knock constantly because the rod bearings have worn out. This causes the rods and pistons to jiggle inside the cylinder walls. The knocking that you hear is the pistons making contact with the cylinder walls. We can resolve this problem by partially rebuilding the engine. Specifically, we will rebuild the cylinder block.

Metal in the Motor Oil

Another problem that requires an entirely new engine is metal in the motor oil. This is a sign that the engine in your SUV is literally dissolving. Unfortunately, there is not a specific repair for this problem. Rather, the parts are dissolving and the engine needs to be replaced.

Overheating Constantly

Finally, you want to avoid driving your SUV if the engine is overheating constantly. If you continue to drive the vehicle, you could crack the head gasket or engine block if they are not already cracked. You may also crack the exhaust manifold.

We may be able to resolve the overheating problem by replacing your engine’s cooling system. Call us today if you are having any of the problems listed in this blog post.

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