Maintenance Matters

July 2013 Issue

Engine Shop Survey: Field Overhauls Win

But they aren’t created equally. Choosing a shop with a proven record for good communication and warranty support is a smart plan.

It goes from bad to worse. You sense something isn’t right with your engine, so you ask your shop to have a look. Hopefully it’s a fouled spark plug. Wishful thinking didn’t help because your shop called with news that you hoped not to hear for at least a few years: It’s time for an engine because half of the cylinders have low compression and there are valve problems, too. The shop suggests an overhaul. With dollar signs dancing in your eyeballs, it’s decision time. Do you opt for a field overhaul or buy a factory engine? How about cylinders, hoses, engine mounts and downtime? These are major considerations. The engine shop market is changing, so we conducted an engine shop experience survey on sister site to get a feel for how engine shops and the components they use are performing.

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