Problems like cracked engine blocks or blown head gaskets are generally pretty rare, but they can lead to a variety of serious engine problems including overheating and engine failure. While your car’s engine block is made to be highly durable, it can normally withstand extremes of both hot and cold. However, there are several sets of circumstances in which your engine’s block can develop cracks.

The main cause of a cracked engine block is excessive heat, which usually happens when your engine lacks coolant. If you have a leaky head gasket, it is likely that your engine will be leaking coolant continuously, making it almost impossible to keep your engine properly cooled. While your car may spit and sputter along for thousands of miles with a leaky head gasket and a cracked engine block, the unfortunate fact is that, once you begin to see the signs, it is likely that a complete engine failure is immanent. 

Signs Of A Blown Head Gasket And Potentially Cracked Engine Block

When you have a cracked engine block or a blown head gasket, you are likely to notice a number of signs that should not be ignored. If you notice any of the following signs of trouble, you should get your car to the mechanic as quickly as possible:

  • You notice oil in your antifreeze, or antifreeze in your oil.
  • You are burning through oil and coolant more quickly than usual.
  • Your car is going through gas more quickly than usual.
  • Excessive smoke is coming from your engine.
  • You hear a knocking noise under the hood.
  • Your engine is overheating.

What Do You Do When Your Engine Fails?

When you notice any number of these signs it is only a matter of time before you will experience engine failure. Unfortunately, most people ignore these signs and keep driving the car even while putting more and more oil and coolant into their dying engine. One day, when the engine finally fails, they find themselves on the side of the road, waiting for the tow truck. If you wait this long, the unfortunate fact is that getting the blown engine fixed will likely be too expensive to justify.

Having an engine block or a head gasket replaced can be very expensive. While estimates vary depending on the make, model and year of the vehicle in question, in most cases you can expect to pay up to $2000 just to repair the head gasket and effected engine parts. If you have cracked your engine block, you will potentially have to have a replacement engine installed which can be much more expensive. Of course, at this point, the question becomes why should you put this kind of money into a car that has already blown an engine? At this point, the best thing you can do is find a way that you can cut your losses and invest your money into a new vehicle instead.

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When you first notice that your car is leaking oil and coolant, smoking, overheating and knocking, it is probably too late for your mechanic to get it back in good working order for a reasonable price. For this reason, it is essential to find a way that you can sell the car and recover whatever amount of money that is possible so you can invest it in a new vehicle