The Auto Guys Tech Question:
I’m Collins of St. Thomas. I had my engine go out and had to have it completely re-done.. What could I have done to prevent this?

The Auto Guys Tech Answer:
You’ve got to feel for Collins: an expensive major engine rebuild is pretty extreme. It’s a tough situation for St. Thomas drivers to be in: maybe you’re still making payments on your vehicle and nobody wants to buy it with a blown engine, so you really have no choice but to pay the money to get it fixed.

This is why your car maker has preventive maintenance schedules,  to help you avoid major repairs. Suppose you don’t change your timing belt on schedule and it breaks. That can mean bent valves and a damaged cylinder head.

Maybe you’ve skipped over the recommendation to replace your coolant and end up with catastrophic overheating.

It could be you’ve skipped a few too many oil changes and now sludge has built up in your vehicle to the point that expensive parts in your engine are being damaged.

Check your vehicle oil level every month and follow your car maker’s recommended service schedules. And if you’re behind on any services, ask your The Auto Guys service advisor to help you work out a plan to get caught up.

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135 South Edgeware Rd.
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4C4