Classic Car Engine Repairs vs RebuildMaintenance is key to ensuring the longevity of any classic car. However, maintenance and repairs typically occur in isolated events. Replacing a worn spark plug is a good example of a common repair that a mechanic may recommend during a tune-up. On the other hand, a full engine rebuild involves disassembling the engine completely and addressing most (if not all) components of the engine. Note here that some shops will try to blur the lines between regular repairs and a rebuild project, but they are not the same –– in scale, price, or final result.
Signs Your Car Needs an Engine RebuildThere are some telltale signs of engine trouble that all classic car owners should be aware of. Noticing one of these issues alone might not indicate the necessity of a full engine rebuild. Still, if your car exhibits several of these signs at once, then you may need to consider a rebuild:
- Banging or knocking sounds.
- White exhaust.
- Metal flakes in the engine oil.
- Excessive oil consumption.
- Poor engine compression.