Car Problems That Are More Trouble Than They’re Worth

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  • Post last modified:May 20, 2021

Cars are complex machines composed of thousands of parts. This complexity means that there are hundreds of ways that things can go wrong with your car that could cost you thousands of dollars to repair.

Car repairs vary in terms of cost, difficulty, and duration. Some car problems, such as a fender bender, can be permanently fixed as long as you get your auto repairs done by the best specialists you can find.

However, other car repairs may cost you more money than they’re worth. Here are some car problems that just aren’t worth repairing.

Damaged Frame

A dented frame is much more than just an eyesore; it is a significant safety hazard. Driving on a damaged frame is like trying to walk on a fractured leg.

What’s worse is that frame damage is almost impossible to repair, and it causes many other issues such as alignment problems, uneven tire wear, and driveline problems.

Frame damage will significantly worsen your next accident and will likely result in a fatality. Any car with a damaged frame ought to be sold as scrap.

Bad Transmission

The problem with a bad transmission is that car owners will usually only find out about them once they find themselves stranded.  The subsequent call for a tow truck is the least of your expenses.

Even when you’re able to purchase an inexpensive replacement for your transmission, the complexity of the repair, as well as the man hours needed to perform the repair correctly will easily cost you thousands of dollars.

PCM Failure

The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is responsible for both the engine and transmission’s functions.

A PCM failure is not necessarily bad on its own, save for the fact that your car is going to need to undergo some serious reprogramming.

The difficulty with a PCM failure is that when it does fail, it also causes a slew of other issues such as transmission, charging, engine, and emission problems.

This is also why it’s important to be thorough when inspecting a car with PCM problems. 

Blown Head Gasket

The head gasket is responsible for maintaining engine pressure during combustion. A blown head gasket means that pressure escapes during the combustion process.

This not only results in a significant reduction of power, but it also causes oil and coolant to mix in the combustion chamber.

If left unrepaired, this will eventually cause engine problems on top of your already-expensive head gasket repair. At this point, you might be better off just buying a new engine

Dead Hybrid Battery

Hybrid cars are fuel and cost-efficient, except when they need to have their batteries replaced.

Hybrid cars run a completely different technology, which makes it difficult and costly to repair a dead hybrid battery.

You then have to factor in the possibility that you might need to bring the battery in for repair several times. 

A new battery pack will usually cost around $3,000 to $8,000. Even used hybrid car battery packs will cost at least $2,500.

Fortunately, hybrid battery packs don’t break or drain often, especially when you apply proper usage habits.

Finally, don’t attempt to perform these repairs in order to save money. There’s a reason that these repairs are expensive – they are very complicated and will require expert intervention.

It should go without saying that these types of repairs cannot be done on your own.

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