Many of the most common kinds of auto repairs are fairly inexpensive, but some can cost thousands of dollars. Damages caused by an accident can usually be at least partially paid for by your insurance. Other issues that are often the result of improper maintenance must be paid for out of your own personal income. For some people this can be incredibly difficult, but they often have no choice but to pay the bill. If you own only one vehicle, and rely on it to get to and from work or to do your job, you could end up facing a costly repair. You may be able to avoid such a situation by taking care of the small problems when they arise, so they do not become much bigger. The top four most expensive repairs can all cost more than $3,000, but they can all also be avoided by taking care of your car.
By far the most expensive type of auto repair is engine damage. Particularly, if major engine components, like cylinders, need to be replaced, it may cost you nearly $9,000. Engine failure is usually caused by a combination of long-term wear and poor maintenance practices. Regular oil changes every six months or 3,000 miles can help prevent this type of damage. Also, regular cooling system flushes and refills will prolong the life of the engine parts. Oil lubricates the engine parts, reducing the buildup of heat and friction inside the engine. Coolant is used to absorb heat inside the engine, and additives in the coolant can help prevent buildup of rust and scale. Both oil and coolant become less effective when they are left in the engine too long. The oil breaks down and does not lubricate properly over time. As heat and friction increase inside the engine, it will eventually fail and cylinders or other components will be damaged. This type of damage can be prevented by simply following the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle.
Another expensive type of auto repair is replacement of the automatic transmission assembly. The transmission fluid in your vehicle also needs to be flushed and refilled periodically to prevent the buildup of heat and friction. Heat and friction buildup is caused by transmission fluid being left in the unit too long. The expense of replacing the automatic transmission alone is very high, but you will also have to pay for the Engine Control Module to be reprogrammed. In total, this repair can cost around $4,000. You can prolong the life of your car’s automatic transmission system by following the recommended maintenance schedule for transmission fluid flushes and refills.
The third type of expensive auto repair is replacement of camshafts and lifters. The camshafts and lifters cause valves to continuously open to allow the intake of air and fuel. These parts also require lubrication from the engine oil, so regular oil changes will prevent this type of repair as well.
The fourth type of repair, replacing cylinder heads, is most often required because of damage caused by excessive overheating of the cylinder heads. Made of aluminum, the cylinder heads can warp or crack due to excessive heat. Engine overheating can be prevented with regular oil and filter changes. If your car has another problem, such as a broken thermostat, causing it to overheat, then that repair should be done a quickly as possible to minimize damage.