If you own or operate a fleet or commercial truck, there’s a lot that factors into having a major repair done on one of your vehicles. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we’re here to help you make the right choice.
You have a lot to consider; not only the repair cost, but the value of your investment, the downtime, and the financial consequences of having a truck off the road for an extended period of time. When you have a vehicle that needs major engine repair, what do you do?
If you have a hole in the side of your engine, or the whole thing is locked up, the choice is obvious - have it replaced. However, even a vehicle that is still running great might be better off with an engine replacement. Here’s why. First, it’s important to understand what you’re getting into having major engine repairs performed. For example, you might have a truck that burns a lot of oil but still runs well. You could have it rebuilt, and it’ll run like new afterward - but rebuilding an engine correctly is an extremely time consuming and labor-intensive job, and the bill adds up fast. By the time you’ve paid for the man-hours involved, the labor cost may very well exceed the price of a replacement.
Secondly, consider your investment - you can put a few thousand dollars and many days, or weeks, of downtime into an engine that is already worn out, only to run a high risk of something else failing in the immediate future. If part of the engine is on its last leg, it’s likely that other components aren’t far behind it. You might fix your oil consumption issue only to have it drop a valve later that month. It often makes more sense to cross all the potential issues off the list at once.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, time is of the essence. If you pull a worn-out engine and install a replacement, you skip all the lengthy processes of repairing or rebuilding the engine between removal and installation. It not only costs less but you can have your truck back on the road in as little as a day or two. If you think it might be time to replace an engine, let us know. We’ll give you our expert opinion on the matter, and help you reach a decision that’s best for you.
No matter your repair or maintenance needs, we’ve got you covered. For the best fleet and commercial service shop in Ithaca, NY, call or stop by Autoworks today.
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