Engine Repair & Maintenance

Revitalize Your Ride: Expert Engine Repair Services

Welcome to AAMCO Chicagoland: Your Trusted Destination for Engine Repair and Replacement Services

At AAMCO Chicagoland, we understand the vital role that your vehicle’s engine plays in its overall performance and reliability. That’s why our team of expert technicians is dedicated to providing top-quality engine repair and replacement services for vehicles of all makes and models.

Why Choose AAMCO for Engine Repair and Replacement?

  1. Expertise: Our technicians are highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and repairing a wide range of engine issues. Whether you’re experiencing engine misfires, unusual noises, or loss of power, we have the knowledge and skills to get your engine running smoothly again.

  2. Comprehensive Inspections: We start every engine repair service with a thorough inspection of your vehicle’s engine to identify any underlying issues. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment allows us to pinpoint the root cause of the problem accurately.

  3. Quality Parts and Components: We use only high-quality parts and components from trusted manufacturers to ensure lasting performance and reliability. Whether you need engine repairs or a full engine replacement, you can trust that we’ll use the best parts available for your vehicle.

  4. Transparent Communication: We believe in transparent communication with our customers every step of the way. Our technicians will explain the recommended repairs or replacement options and provide upfront pricing before any work begins, so you can make informed decisions about your vehicle’s maintenance.

Common Symptoms Which Indicate you Should have your Engine Inspected

  1. Check Engine Light: The check engine light illuminates on the dashboard when the engine control unit (ECU) detects a problem with the engine or emissions system. While the check engine light can indicate various issues, it’s essential to have it diagnosed promptly to prevent potential damage to the engine.

  2. Unusual Engine Noises: Strange noises coming from the engine, such as knocking, ticking, rattling, or grinding sounds, can indicate underlying issues such as worn bearings, loose components, or internal engine damage. Ignoring unusual engine noises can lead to more significant problems over time.

  3. Decreased Performance or Power: If you notice a decrease in engine performance, such as sluggish acceleration, reduced power output, or difficulty maintaining speed, it may indicate issues with fuel delivery, ignition, or engine components such as the spark plugs or fuel injectors.

  4. Excessive Exhaust Smoke: Excessive exhaust smoke, whether it’s blue, black, or white, can indicate various engine problems. Blue smoke typically indicates oil burning, black smoke may indicate a rich fuel mixture, and white smoke could be a sign of coolant or water entering the combustion chamber.

  5. Engine Stalling or Rough Idle: Engine stalling, rough idling, or surging can be symptoms of issues such as fuel system problems, ignition system issues, vacuum leaks, or faulty sensors. These symptoms may occur intermittently or persistently and should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.

  6. Visible Fluid Leaks: Visible fluid leaks under the vehicle, such as oil, coolant, or transmission fluid leaks, can indicate leaks from gaskets, seals, or other engine components. Ignoring fluid leaks can lead to low fluid levels, overheating, or engine damage.

  7. Overheating: Persistent engine overheating can result from issues such as a faulty thermostat, cooling system leaks, coolant loss, or a malfunctioning water pump. Ignoring engine overheating can lead to severe engine damage and costly repairs.

Schedule Your Engine Service Today

Don’t let engine problems hold you back. Trust the experts at your local AAMCO in the Chicagoland area for all your engine repair and replacement needs. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and experience the AAMCO difference!

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Engine repair SERVICES

Choosing the right engine repair service allows you to make informed decisions about maintaining and repairing your vehicle’s engine to ensure optimal performance and longevity. If you have any questions, we are here to help.

Diagnosis and Troubleshooting

Service: Comprehensive diagnosis and troubleshooting involve using advanced diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the root cause of engine problems accurately. This may include scanning for error codes, conducting visual inspections, performing compression tests, and checking for fluid leaks.

When to Use: Diagnosis and troubleshooting are necessary when you experience symptoms such as check engine light illumination, unusual engine noises, decreased performance, or other signs of engine trouble. By identifying the underlying issue, technicians can recommend the appropriate repairs to restore your engine’s performance and reliability.

Check Engine Light Diagnosis

Service: Utilizing diagnostic tools, we identify error codes stored in the vehicle’s ECU and conduct tests to pinpoint the underlying cause of the check engine light. This includes visual inspections, system scans, sensor testing, and data analysis.

When to Use: When the check engine light illuminates, indicating potential issues like engine misfires, fuel system problems, or sensor failures. Prompt diagnosis and repair prevent further damage and ensure safe, efficient operation.

Engine Tune-Up

Service: An engine tune-up involves inspecting and adjusting various engine components to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. This may include replacing spark plugs, ignition coils, fuel filters, air filters, and PCV valves, as well as performing fuel system cleaning and throttle body cleaning.

When to Use: Engine tune-ups are recommended as part of routine maintenance or when you experience symptoms such as rough idling, decreased fuel efficiency, or difficulty starting the engine. By restoring worn or deteriorated components, a tune-up can improve engine performance and fuel economy.

Cylinder Head Repairs

Service: Cylinder head repairs address issues such as worn valve guides, damaged valve seats, warped cylinder heads, or leaking head gaskets. This may involve machining the cylinder head surface, replacing valve guides or seats, or repairing damaged gaskets.

When to Use: Cylinder head repairs are necessary when you experience symptoms such as overheating, coolant leaks, loss of compression, or white exhaust smoke. Addressing cylinder head issues promptly can prevent further engine damage and ensure proper engine function.

Timing Belt or Chain Replacement

Service: Timing belt or chain replacement involves replacing the timing belt or chain, along with associated components such as tensioners, idler pulleys, and water pump (if necessary). Timing belt replacement intervals vary by vehicle make and model, typically ranging from 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

When to Use: Timing belt or chain replacement is essential to prevent catastrophic engine damage caused by belt or chain failure. Signs that replacement may be necessary include engine misfires, unusual engine noises, or visible signs of belt wear.

Engine Overhaul or Rebuild

Service: Engine overhaul or rebuild involves disassembling the engine, inspecting all components, replacing worn or damaged parts, and reassembling the engine to factory specifications. This comprehensive service restores the engine to like-new condition.

When to Use: Engine overhaul or rebuild may be necessary for engines with significant wear, damage, or internal problems that cannot be addressed through individual repairs. Symptoms such as excessive oil consumption, low compression, or severe engine knocking may warrant an overhaul or rebuild.

Engine Replacement

Service: Engine replacement involves removing the existing engine and installing a remanufactured, rebuilt, or new engine. This service is necessary when the existing engine is damaged beyond repair or if replacement is more cost-effective than extensive repairs.

When to Use: Engine replacement may be necessary for engines with catastrophic failure, extensive damage, or high mileage. Signs that replacement may be warranted include severe engine knocking, excessive oil consumption, or internal damage that cannot be repaired economically.

Engine repair FAQ

The check engine light can illuminate due to various issues, including engine misfires, faulty oxygen sensors, emissions system malfunctions, fuel system problems, or sensor failures. A diagnostic scan is needed to determine the specific cause accurately.

The cost of diagnosing and repairing an engine problem varies depending on the nature of the issue, the vehicle make and model, and local labor rates. A diagnostic scan typically costs between $50 to $150, while repair costs can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the extent of the repairs needed.

The duration of engine repairs depends on the complexity of the issue and the availability of parts. Minor repairs such as sensor replacements or minor adjustments may be completed within a few hours, while more extensive repairs such as cylinder head replacements or engine rebuilds may take several days to complete.

While it may be possible to drive your vehicle with the check engine light on, it's not recommended. The check engine light indicates potential issues with the engine or emissions system that can lead to reduced fuel efficiency, engine damage, or emissions violations. It's best to have the issue diagnosed and repaired promptly to prevent further damage and ensure safe operation.

An engine tune-up typically includes inspecting and replacing various engine components to optimize performance and fuel efficiency. This may include replacing spark plugs, ignition coils, fuel filters, air filters, PCV valves, and performing fuel system cleaning and throttle body cleaning.

Engine replacement may be necessary if the existing engine is damaged beyond repair, if repairs are more costly than replacement, or if you're looking to upgrade to a more powerful or efficient engine. Signs that engine replacement may be warranted include severe engine knocking, excessive oil consumption, or catastrophic engine failure.