Mechanics

SEIZED MOTOR

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse • 92,000 miles

At this pointHi my car quit running on the interstate 2 days ago. I had it towed to a shop who had just replaced the timing belt and water pump about 45 days ago. They tell me when it has been looked at that the oil fiter came loose and that the motor has to be replaced. They also said it would cost about 5k. I asked them how this could happen jut being in there shop and they said. They never checked the filter because there was no need. Thet advised me to go to the place that did. My last oil change. I am a single mom with no money. Prior to being in there shop I had to use my tax return to put in a new transmission and clutch about 4 months ago 2200. I asked the shop if the previous repairs couldhve caused it but the say no. I also had one other shop look at the car before the timing belt and water pump was replaced but they only gave me an estimate saying I needed to replace the valves in the car so I got a second opinion because I couldn't afford to do that. So the car is now at the shop like I said who did the timing belt. They say none of the previous rpairs could have done this and insist I talk with superlube. My question is are they correct? I can't see how it can be in 3 different shops within 4 monthss and no one catch such a stupid thing that can cause thousands in repairs. I did however contact superlube and they said because they dot have record of my last oil change which would have been about 5k miles ago they probably aren't going to help. I will lose my car if they don't because I can't afford the repairs. They said the oil change was outside of warranty although mitsubishi reccomens every 7500 miles for an oil change. I had been going every 3 to 4 but with the car in the shop soo much I didt have the funds. Any advice you could give would be much apprechiated. One last thing I have a friend who says they might be able to unsieze the engine and I am wondering. Why the shop did not tell me this was a possibility. Thank you so much for your help.
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Reneestory
September 16, 2012.




No, the engine cannot be unseized.

The timing belt did not have an effect on the repair unless they changes the oil. Verify that with your receipt.

Oil filters dont come loose unless that are either wrong or were not tightened properly. When was the last time you checked your oil level?

The other possible is to replace it with a used engine to get it back on the road.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Sep 16, 2012.
What about when the transmission and clutch where replaced? Could they have reoved the oil filter?

Tiny
Reneestory
Sep 16, 2012.
Nope, did you check the receipts to see if they changed the oil or either repair?

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Sep 17, 2012.
No I haven't yet (I am not at home right now to do that, had to go somewhere to use free wifi). But I am pretty sure they didn't. I just can't believe being in 3 shops in the last 4 months no one caught this critical error that will now cost me a car. I just spend about 2600 on repairs for nothing. Are you sure there is no chance to unseize the engine? My friend says maybe a 85% chance but they are not a mechanic. They just looked up info online about it. They are willing to help me but I know will cost money to have the car towed and for tools etc. Could be a couple hundreed. But they said they wuld give it a shot. I really don't have any other options because I can't even afford a used motor. I would hav to try to get a used car financed because I am single mom going to school and only work part time. I am not even sure I. Can gat a car loan. Do you think it is worth investing in trying to unseize itit? =<

Tiny
Reneestory
Sep 17, 2012.
Once whoever does it opens the motor, they will see that it will require a lot of parts totally breaking down the motor plus the machine work required. It will be cheaper to get a used motor.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
Sep 17, 2012.
It is sad to be in such a situation.

First thing is how sure you are that it is the oil filter that caused the problem?
During replacement of the timing belt, if the oil seals were replaced, any fault with installation can result in loss of engine oil causing the engine to seize.
I would get a second opinion on the cause of the problem because the engine has been running for such a period of time and suddenly it seized due to a loose oil filter that was replaced many months ago, that is something I would not readily accept as an answer.
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KHLow2008
Sep 17, 2012.
I don't think they replaced the oil seals. I will have to check my receipt. Should they have? I searched online after reading your reply and it seems pretty common that they should. I really can't afford to tow it to a new shop for a second opinion. The shop it is at now is the one who did the most recent work to replace the timing belt. They swear that superlube is at fault because superlube didn't put the oil filter on correctly. At this point if I tow it somewhere it will probably be home to see if my friend can unseize the motor. I know it's a long shot but one I atleast have o try since I ddon't have any other options. I haven't heard back from superlube yet but I know my chances of getting them to replace the engine is slim. Thanks for your information!

Tiny
Reneestory
Sep 17, 2012.

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