Engines: To Repair, or Replace? — Titan Auto & Tire

Don’t Get Overwhelmed!

We understand the drama that a dead engine causes for a vehicle owner. Your transportation is likely your second largest investment, and it’s what you count on to get to all the places you need to be. Therefore, it’s normal that a major engine problem and the decision over whether to repair or replace the power plant make you take a deep, sobering breath. However, don’t get overwhelmed. If you’re not sure what to do, the certified technicians at Titan Auto & Tire are happy to have an honest conversation with you about your options. Once you make your choice, we’re here to help you with all your repair or engine replacement needs.

The Pros and Cons of Repairing or Replacing Your Car’s Engine

As with nearly any major decision, there are both benefits and drawbacks to either direction you take to solve a problem. There are some advantages to repairing or rebuilding your vehicle’s existing engine. First, serious car enthusiasts know that an auto is much more desirable on the collector market if it has matching numbers. This means that the serial number on the car’s body is identical to the one on the engine. For example, a 1967 Corvette with matching numbers will bring a lot more money when sold than the same model with different numbers. For this reason, classic car owners sometimes opt to repair to maintain the status quo. Also, you’re assured of not having a problem with fit or trouble adapting a replacement engine to existing components such as the transmission. The downside is that you may still have compromised parts unless you undertake a complete rebuild.

Should you opt for engine replacement, you will have to ensure that you are getting the correct year and model of engine. This is particularly important when a model came with multiple engine package options in a single year. For instance, did your Mustang come with the upgraded 5.0 GT, or does it have fewer cylinders? That makes a difference for cohesion between the new and the existing components. The advantage, however, is that a replacement can afford you the opportunity to eliminate all ailing engine components at once. Depending on your choice, you can have a new engine with no miles. That’s because a replacement engine can be new (a “crate engine”) remanufactured/reconditioned, or used (pulled from a similar vehicle with body damage).

Professional Help Nearby

Regardless of whether you choose engine repair or replacement, you’re not alone. This kind of repair is a drastic undertaking for the average backyard mechanic. The experts at Titan Auto & Tire are here to offer you advice and professional engine help.

Written by Titan Auto & Tire