Bad News: An Engine Totalled
Exploring his choices, he and his technician considered the pros and cons of trading in the truck, having a new engine installed, overhauling the old engine or installing a remanufactured engine.
Trading in the truck, like "throwing the baby out with the bath water," was out. The costly option of a new engine was also out. How about overhauling the old one? Also expensive, said his mentor, possibly costing about the same as installing a remanufactured engine.
However, the remanufactured engine would carry a strong factory warranty. The remanufactured engine would not only be as good as the original, in several respects it would be better. Hand-built with the finest equipment available, these engines are built to more exacting standards than original. Further, a reman has the added benefit of a "seasoned" block, a metallurgical phenomenon which extends engine life and enhances performance.
Several lessons can be learned from this owner's experience and that of others who have "blown" their engines.
Lesson #1: Don't gamble with inoperative instruments and warning lights (the latter, when working properly, light up when the ignition first is turned on).
Lesson #2: At the first indication of overheating pull off the road and shut off the ignition. You may be able to avoid totally destroying your engine.
Lesson # 3: If, by failing lessons #1 and #2, you've ruined your engine, you have some viable options beyond disposing of your vehicle.
Reprinted with permission from the Car Care Council: www.carcare.org.