December 5, 2012 2:30 PM | By Claire Martin for MSN Autos
The 10 most expensive car repairs

If your car's upkeep is not met, you could see repair bills that run into the thousands. Here are the 10 most costly repairs.



If your car's upkeep is not met, you could see repair bills that run into the thousands. Here are the 10 most costly repairs. (© Photo: Russell Cobb/Ikon Images/Getty Images)
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  • If your car's upkeep is not met, you could see repair bills that run into the thousands. Here are the 10 most costly repairs. (© Photo: Russell Cobb/Ikon Images/Getty Images)
  • Turbocharger assembly (© Photo: Dave Rudkin/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images)
  • Replace Torque Converter Assembly (© Photo: Car Culture/Car Culture Collection/Getty Images)
  • Replace Catalytic Converter (© Photo: Clive Streeter/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images)
  • Replace Hybrid Battery (© Photo: Toyota)
  • Replace Injection Pump (© Photo: Oleksiy Maksymenko/Imagebroker/Getty Images)
  • Replace Camshaft (© Photo: Andy Crawford/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images)
  • Replace Cylinder Head Assembly (© Photo: Chevrolet)
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Like real estate and relationships, cars require upkeep. If you neglect to change the oil, ignore the check-engine light or skip routine servicing, you're setting yourself up for a rude — and expensive — awakening. According to Art Jacobsen, vice president of CarMD.com, which publishes an online database of the most common and expensive check-engine-related automotive repairs, the key is to diagnose your car's problems early: "You've got to tackle it; address it when it's small, before it escalates." Here are the 10 most expensive vehicle repairs and what you can do to avoid them.

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