2007 Hyundai Santa Fe ran out of oil

  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • 61,000 MILES

Oil filter was inserted wrong by dealer during service and oil leaked out. 2 days later going up a hill, oil lite came on and engine started making lots of noise. I drove less than a mile to station and put in 3 qts of oil.
Now when I cold start engine it makes this clattering noise at idle and slow acceleration; goes away once Ive been driving for a few minutes. No obvious problem with performance.
Then, After stopping for 15 minutes or more, when I restart engine there is this rattling (like a bent fan or tin cans) for a few seconds that goess away. This happenes every time I start engine during the day, but not when I cold start in the morning.

Of course the dealer doesnt hear any of this. They said a bolt was missing on the heat shield that caused the rattle; however the rattile is still there now that they put this "bolt" back. They also cleaned fuel injectors, but noise persists. They
Assure me I have 40,000 left on warranty if anything happens they'll give me a new engine.

My question:
When I meet the area service rep tomorrow, what kind of diagnostic can I ask them to do to assure me the engine has not been damaged so I dont have to worry for the next year? Also, they say if there was engine damage the noise would be there all the time and not just at start up. TRUE?
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 AT 9:23 AM

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It matters what type of damage. If you hear noise every time you start the engine, there may be damage done to the lifters, bearings, cylenders, rockers. The evidence is the noise it makes. If it didn't make noise, I would tell you things will most likely be ok, but with the noise all I can say is many miles have most likely been taken away from the engine. What if it blows up 10 miles after the warranty? Also, is it the manufacturer's responsibility to pay for a new engine that they caused damage to?
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 11:17 AM

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