It’s tough to put an exact dollar amount on engine overhaul cost. What’s involved — parts and labor — varies widely depending on the condition of your equipment. An in-frame overhaul costs less than an out-of-frame overhaul. Both cost less than a Cat Certified Commercial Engine Rebuild.
Here’s what we can say for sure: An overhaul costs a fraction of what you’d pay to replace your engine or your equipment. And you can take advantage of special offers to save even more.
Turnaround times also vary, although 2-4 weeks is a good average. It’s smart to plan an overhaul around any downtime in your schedule, like a seasonal slowdown. Need to rent equipment while yours is in the shop? You can put it on your Cat Card.
What does the engine overhaul cost cover? It depends on the state of your equipment. Your Cat dealer will perform an in-depth inspection and recommend a solution. Typically, overhauls fall into two categories:
In-frame or top-end overhaul: Your engine stays “inside” the equipment while it’s being repaired. This type of overhaul requires fewer replacement parts and less labor, so it’s a cheaper option. You can often do it yourself: Overhaul kits are available for on-highway truck engines, marine engines, electric power generator sets and more.
Out-of-frame or major overhaul: Your engine is removed from the equipment and completely disassembled. This type of overhaul usually is required when a key component like a connecting rod, crankshaft or valve seat fails and causes extensive damage.
What’s the difference between an engine rebuild and an engine overhaul? The terms often get used interchangeably, but they’re not the same. A Cat Certified Rebuild returns your entire engine or generator set to like-new condition. It essentially restarts engine life at zero hours. An overhaul extends the life of your engine or generator set. It gives you additional working hours you wouldn’t get otherwise.
You can overhaul almost any engine or generator set Caterpillar makes. That includes products for these industries:
Oil and gas
Want more details about engine overhaul cost, turnaround time and exactly what’s included? Contact your local Cat dealer.
In the market for an overhaul now? Anticipating one in the future? Get started by applying for the Cat Card today. It only takes 5-7 minutes. Once you’re approved, you can use your Cat Card not just for overhauls, but also to buy parts or work tools, pay for repairs, rent equipment or add protection and service plans.
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