Q: The engine klunking and tapping, needs engine replacemet

asked by on

Hello. I have a well-maintained car with a around 150,000 miles on it. I have changed the oil regularly at 3,000 miles as suggested. Recently, the engine started making klunking noise. It happened after around 1,500 miles from the last time I changed the oil. The oil was dirty when I checked it. I took it to a shop to get the oil changed and I was told that the engine had to be replaced right away. I only got my oil chaged. As I didn't have the amount of money needed for the replacement, I went to another shop and was told the same thing. After I changed the oil this time, the engine started tapping constantly. I need your opinion on this issue. Is the engine replacement necessary and could I do anything else to keep the car running? Thank you in advance.

The reason the shops told you to replace the engine is that they do not overhaul engines. They can only replace it for you with a remanufactured or used engine. An overhaul is a third option but would most likely not be as cost effective and may even cost you more since the labor and parts can be more than replacing it. Since you already had two shops say it needs an engine, then I would suggest having them both give you quotes on remanufactured or used one. Make sure to get the warranty in writing so you can see if a future failure is covered.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. The engine klunking and tapping, needs engine replacemet

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Transmission was low. Put 4 quarts in it and everything was fine until next morning shifting to drive and felt like neutral

If the fluid was 4-5 quarts low, that's a third of the total transmission fluid capacity. The transmission has probably been running very hot because of that, causing accelerated wear to the internals (clutches, etc). Check the dipstick for the...

Q: Radio goes off and on intermittently

Hello, thank you for writing in. With intermittent electrical issues, wiring problems are usually to blame. Both the power supply and the ground connection are required for the radio to function. If either of these is loose or has a...

Q: Knock when I turn the steering wheel

Hello, thank you for writing in. You will want to do a full inspection of the steering and suspension components. The CV joints can get damaged from sudden impacts such as you described. The axles, hubs, and steering components can...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.