When should I replace a petrol engine? If you are asking yourself this question, your engine is probably giving you some warning signs. Not all of them mean that engine replacement is necessary. Sometimes, your equipment is just demanding some love and care, i.e. maintenance.
In order to help you understand whether buying a replacement petrol engine is unavoidable, we came up with the list of five clear symptoms. Discovering them in time can help you purchase a replacement engine in advance and avoid downtime.
1) Oil or Petrol Leaks
When the engine is leaking oil, it spells trouble. In the majority of cases, a leaky engine needs replacement. It starts with a small leak, which you may easily overlook.
When it comes to vehicles working on asphalt surfaces, oil or petrol puddles are easy to spot even when they are small. However, equipment working in tough conditions on a construction site may leak in a way you never notice.
If you find a large puddle of oil next to or under your machine, consider buying a new engine. The old one is about to give out while using more fuel than necessary.
2) Too Much Smoke
Petrol engines produce exhaust. Normally it’s not dark, thick or overly smelly. If you see thick and dark smoke coming out of your engine, it may need repair or replacement.
- Blue smoke – oil is leaking, damaging the engine and the equipment
- Black smoke – may indicate serious internal engine trouble
- White smoke –may indicate cylinder head breakdown.
Pay close attention to any unusual smoke coming out of your construction equipment. A quick reaction may mean repair instead of replacement.
3) Excessive Petrol Consumption
Each engine has its own petrol consumption rate. If you see that it suddenly went up, it’s a clear sign the engine is in trouble. When the engine isn’t working properly, it may require more fuel to run.
If you see an increase in the consumption rate in a new engine, stop it immediately. It may not be too late to repair. However, if the consumption goes up in an old engine, start thinking about a replacement.
4) Loud Knocking Sounds
Listening to the way an engine works is as important as maintaining it on a regular basis. A knocking sound may be a sign of a bent crankshaft or a broken rod.
If you identify a sound change timely, you may not need to replace an engine. However, when the knocking sounds grow loud, you are likely to be purchasing a new engine in the near future.
5) Excessive Vibration
When the engine is vibrating excessively (compared to how it used to work), you may want to consider replacement. Excessive vibration can be caused by many reasons, the majority of which require expensive repairs. In many cases, buying a new engine is cheaper.
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