Engine Repair and Replacement
The engine is the heart of your vehicle and an intricate machine requiring specialized care. There’s much more involved with maintaining an engine then simply changing oil. From routine maintenance to complete engine replacement our ASE certified technicians know how to keep your engine running smoothly. Amral Autocare believes in educating our customers about proper and common-sense maintenance to avoid costly engine repair or replacement. We can help customers avoid costly engine repairs simply by paying attention to:
- Oil Changes- We recommend follow the manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals and type of oil. If the recommended intervals are prolonged, you’re running risk of excessive sludge buildup, which can lead to oil flow restrictions that will starve the engine for oil. When this occurs, major damage occurs to internal engine bearings, variable valve timing components, camshafts, crankshaft, push rods, rocker arms, engine valves and timing chain assemblies.
- Engine Tune Ups-We recommend follow the manufacturer’s recommended tune up service intervals. Typically, the first tune up will occur at 100,000 miles. Thereafter it’s best to perform the tune-up every 50,000 miles. Worn out spark plugs can strain the ignition system like ignition coils, control modules and spark plug wires. Performing the tune up more frequently also helps minimize corrosion, carbon buildup in and around the spark plug which could potentially seize them inside aluminum heads.
- Timing Belt- Timing belts are often overlooked by most customers. These belts are similar to engine drive belts which drives components such as alternators or a/c compressors. Timing belts are of heavy-duty construction and need to be changed out between 60,000 to 90,000miles. On most engines if this belt breaks or slips interference will occur between the engine valves and the pistons damaging the engine. It’s best to stay on top of the affordable timing belt replacement as opposed to having a costly engine repair bill.
- Timing Chain Set- If your engine is not equipped with a timing belt then your engine will utilize a timing chain set. Timing chains perform the same function as timing belts; however, they are made from metal chain(s) which are oil lubricated. The chain(s) will stretch with time, the guides (made out of plastic) will become brittle and break, tensioners begin to lose oil pressure and not tension the chain properly. It’s recommended to install fresh timing chain sets every 100,000 miles to keep your engine purring like a kitten.
- Water Pump- The water pump circulates engine coolant (antifreeze) to keep the engine operating at nominal operating temperature. When the water pump fails either you’ll hear a bearing making noise and/or you’ll see your vehicle is losing coolant. It’s the heart of the coolant system, continuously pumping coolant through system dissipating engine produced heat to the environment. Have our ASE certified mechanics inspect your coolant system periodically to make sure it’s operating at maximum efficiency.
- Cylinder Head Gasket (s) Repair- It’s crucial that your engine never overheats. Overheating is your engine’s worst enemy. If you experience an overheating engine simply pull over and have it towed to a certified automotive repair shop. Do not attempt to drive an overheating vehicle. An overheating vehicle will cause engine metal components to expand and warpage will ruin your cylinder head gasket(s). This gasket is responsible to keep engine oil, engine coolant and high-pressure cylinder combustion from intermingling. Intermingling of any of these will be disastrous to your engine. At Amral Autocare our trained ASE certified technicians will be able to inspect your coolant system to confirm your system components such as radiator hoses, heater hoses, radiator, radiator fan are in peak operating condition. Most issues can be caught in a timely manner, preventing overheating your vehicle.