4 Of The Most Expensive Car Problems

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All material commodities give us some kind of grief from time to time. Cars are no different. From fried batteries to brake failures, car problems usually occur due to improper or poor maintenance, faulty parts, or just plain old bad luck. Certain issues can be fixed on a budget whereas the rest will surely burn a hole in your pocket. We list out some of the most expensive car problems faced by car owners today:

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  1. Engine failure

What is it?

A blown engine is one that has been so severely damaged that it needs to be replaced or completely rebuilt. The damage usually includes broken connecting rods, damaged pistons and valves, and scratched cylinders.

Reasons for a blown engine:

A major cause is overheating. Oil leakage and running the engine at high speeds for extended periods of time can also be factors.

How do you fix it?

Prevention is better than cure. Proper and regular maintenance is essential for engine health. If you need an engine replacement, the cost can be between $1000-$4000 depending on your car model, workshop, engine model, etc.

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  1. Transmission issues

What is it?

Lack of response, whining, refusing to go into gear, dragging clutch, etc are common transmission problems.

Reasons for transmission problems:

A majority of these issues are due to irregular replacement of the transmission fluid. Transmission fluid is a slippery liquid that acts as a lubricant for all of the moving parts inside your transmission. It also serves as a coolant.

How do you fix it?

Transmission fluid must be changed often- every 30,000 to 100,000 miles. If you don’t change the transmission fluid it properly, you’ll be oiling your transmission with contaminants which will shorten the transmission’s life. Again, regular maintenance is key to make sure your transmissions are in good shape.

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  1. Damaged head gasket

What is it?

A gasket that has a break that results in the coolant will leak into the combustion chamber. This can be diagnosed by a loss in coolant and white smoke coming out of the exhaust.

Reasons for a damaged gasket:

A very common reason is overheating of the engine. The engine block and head may expand more than usual due to the excess heat produced by an overheated engine and this may cause tears in the gasket.

How do you fix it?

Though gaskets aren’t expensive, the labor cost is very high. Gasket repair costs between $1,200-$1,600.

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  1. Compressor malfunctions

What is it?

An air compressor allows air to cool inside a car. Compressors may malfunction because of other parts having issues that causes the compressor to not function properly or damage to some parts in the compressor.

Reasons for malfunctioning compressor:

If the refrigerant has leaked out, fuse has blown or the clutches are defective, the air compressor may have problems. Compressor failures are usually because of loss of lubrication.

How do you fix it?

Finding and repairing coolant leaks, flushing the a/c system so that the compressor isn’t congested are some of the ways to fix compressor issues but usually replacement is the only way. Compressors cost between $200-$600.

A lesson to be learnt from the above points is that proper, regular maintenance is essential for your car to run smoothly. Neglecting the health of your car may result in a lot of frustration and expenses.


Written By: Monica 

H/T: Money & Career Cheat Sheet 


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