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My 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS engine had a hole punched out of the engine block and I need to know what had caused that to happen and there was no warning at all when it happened, although I do need a new engine but my service contract provider is refusing to pay my mechanic to fix my car and it has been sitting out back of the repair shop for almost 3 months.

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Your mechanic can't tell you what happened? Very strange. I would suspect that the engine threw a rod to knock a hole in the block. Your mechanic should at a minimum be able to connect to the PCM and retrieve the freeze frame data to see if your vehicle experienced a fatal drop in oil pressure, etc. Additionally I've never experienced a service contract provider refuse simply outright refuse to pay to have the vehicle fixed myself. I have had vehicles come in where the previous "mechanic" simply didn't have the knowledge to diagnose the issue.

It's hard to say what happened without more information. Detailed information - what were you doing when it happened? How had the vehicle been driven prior to the incident? When was the last oil change?

Posted on May 27, 2011

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  • nightblade35 May 27, 2011

    It is not that the mechanic does not know what has happened its just that the repair shop wants to be paid up front and the service contract company wants the engine dismantled before they pay anyone.

  • Johnny Tumlinson May 27, 2011

    The service contract company is right here. It is standard procedure. I have to deal with issues like this all the time. The service company wants s teardown to authorize the repairs. If your mechanic won't do it then you'll have to pony up the money. I'd be questioning the integrity of mechanic .

  • nightblade35 May 27, 2011

    but the thing is the service contract also said that they would pay the mechanic the money up front and then when the repair shop told them the cost of removing and dismantling the engine the service contract started to back out from paying the repair shop.

  • Johnny Tumlinson May 27, 2011

    You're in a pickle here for sure. With this new information - everything is starting to make a whole lot more sense. If they were to replace the engine - they would probably need to go with a short block which puts the labor at approximately 22 hours to remove & replace. Removing the engine takes about a 1/3 of that so lets round to 8 hrs. Another 4 hours to tear down the current engine puts us at 12 hours, just for tear down. So the service company is looking at a total of about 26-28 hours just in labor. I'm not sure what your mechanic's labor rate is - but most service contract companies that I deal with will only pay a max of $75.00/hr. That puts us at $900 for the tear down and $1,950 - 2,100 for the total job - just labor. On the high side the car is worth around $2,800. This is something you're going to need to hash out with the service company. I can see why they wouldn't want to spend more money than the vehicle is worth - but they do have some sort of obligation to you. Not sure what additional advice to give you. Good luck!

  • nightblade35 May 27, 2011

    thanks and I will bust the service contracts balls on this one because I am still paying on my car which I owe about $6500 left from $12k within 6 months and the repair shops fee is $99 and hour.

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