Vehicle Repair – Expert Investigates Engine Failure to Determine Cause

Automotive engineer, Steven Becker, was retained to determine if a Dodge engine failure was the result of an improper repair. The engine of a 2002 Dodge Intrepid with approximately 100,000 miles seized during highway driving only a few days after an Auto Shop had changed the oil. Opposing experts determined that the failure was caused by an improper repair. Vehicle Engineering Expert, Steven J. Becker, disassembled the engine to inspect the damage and the oil. He concluded that the engine failed as a result of a broken connecting rod, which subsequently broke the oil pan, causing the oil loss that seized the engine.

​Case Background

The engine of a 2002 Dodge Intrepid with approximately 100,000 miles seized during highway driving only a few days after an Auto Shop had changed the oil. Opposing experts determined that the failure was caused by an improper repair. Vehicle Engineering Expert, Steven J. Becker, disassembled the engine to inspect the damage and the oil. He concluded that the engine failed as a result of a broken connecting rod, which subsequently broke the oil pan, causing the oil loss that seized the engine.

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