At some point, every engine, no matter how high quality and how well taken care of it is, will need to be replaced. Engines, like anything else, eventually give out. By taking good care of your engine, however, you can greatly extend its life. So while you may never be able to fully avoid engine replacement, you can put it off for quite some time. The first step in promoting a long and healthy engine life is to find a good mechanic, someone knowledgeable and experienced whom you can trust. Have your mechanic perform a thorough inspection on your vehicle, including your engine, and then make sure that your mechanic sets you up with a good maintenance and inspection schedule. Once you have a schedule, remember that it’s your job to stick to it!
When you keep your vehicle on a regular maintenance schedule, it will run better for you, and all of its components are likely to last longer. Another major benefit of regular maintenance and inspections for your vehicle is that you’ll be alerted to problems the moment they occur. When you take care of any problems or issues early on, they are generally much less expensive to repair. Furthermore, the sooner you remedy problems, the less likely they are to expand and to cause damage to other parts of your vehicle.
While a good mechanic will perform a variety of maintenance services based on the results of your inspection, jobs that help promote a healthier engine are especially important. Make sure that your mechanic regularly checks your vehicle’s oil, for example. While many people think checking and, if necessary, changing the oil is a do-it-yourself type of job, it’s always better to leave it up to the pros. Even if you have a basic knowledge of how to check and change the oil, it’s all too easy to miss something that a professional would be sure to catch.
Don’t think that just because you’re on a maintenance schedule nothing will go wrong with your vehicle. If your vehicle starts acting funny, such as having problems, making strange sounds, or doing anything else you don’t understand, always see your mechanic, even if this means making an appointment in between inspection dates. Even if what you’re experiencing turns out to be nothing, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your vehicle and your engine.
When the time finally comes to have your engine replaced—and it will happen for everyone—make sure you choose a mechanic that either offers a warranty on his or her work or that honors your manufacturer’s warranty. The best warranties are usually good for 100,000 miles or so. It is okay if your mechanic wishes to use used engine parts or engines, but do make sure they still come with a warranty and are reliable. As long as you buy a used engine smartly, you can end up saving a vast amount of money over buying a new engine.
Learn more: how to know when your engine needs replacement.