Fixing a car is rarely cheap, but everyone knows some parts (and the corresponding labor) cost more than others. Here’s a list of the top 10 most expensive repairs.
#1 Cylinders – Up To $10K
A car needs an engine to run, and an engine requires functioning cylinders. When these wear out, it can cost between $7,000-$10,000 to repair or replace them. As such, some drivers opt for a new car altogether.
#2 Hybrid Batteries – $6K
Saving the environment doesn’t come cheap. Although hybrid vehicles save on spending in other areas (like gas), their batteries are costly. Just like regular cars, these batteries lose charge over time. Unfortunately, when it’s replaced, the computer system often needs the same, which raises the cost beyond $6,000.
#3 Transmission – $4K – $5K
An ill-functioning transmission makes the car undrivable. Sadly, due to friction and heat, this part experiences more wear and tear than others, and most will spend between four and five thousand to replace it.
Signs of a faulty transmission include a burning smell, dragging clutch, humming when parked, and slipping gears.
#4 Suspension – Up To $3,500
A suspension system, consisting of struts, shocks, control arms, springs, and tie rods, makes the drive feel smooth. If one of these parts needs replacing, the cost is minimal. If the whole system breaks down, however, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2,500 to $3,500.
#5 Camshaft – Up To $3K
The camshaft controls the air flow into the engine, which is a big deal. With time, it can become clogged with dirt and debris, leading to a bill between $1,500 and $3,000. Fortunately, regular maintenance can help prevent buildup and costly repairs.
#6 Head Gasket – $2K
A blown head gasket makes itself known, as it sprays oil and coolant. Although the part is inexpensive, the labor involved in replacing it costs about $2,000.
#7 Catalytic Converter – $1,500
This part converts carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide and is a must if you live in states that require emissions tests. If your catalytic converter goes out, expect to pay around $1,500 to have it replaced.
#8 Brake Line – $1K
As the most important safety feature on your vehicle, any brake repair can set you back. The brake line, however, leads the way at a cost of about $1,000.
#9 Air Conditioner Compressor – $500
If your A/C stops functioning properly, the compressor is probably to blame. Unfortunately, since it’s made up of valves and rods that can easily break, a faulty compressor is a common issue and costs about $500 to replace.
#10 Mass Air Flow Sensor – $400
This component measures how much air passes to the engine and how much fuel to send to the engine. When it stops working, expect a bill of about $400.
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