Article

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.

Download the entire redacted report in the details section of this page.

 

Featured Expert

Steven Becker

Steven conducts investigations involving vehicle failures and malfunctions, both as a crash reconstructionist and as a design expert. Steven’s engineering and design experience reaches nearly every mechanical and structural aspect of the vehicle. Steven has direct experience with the design and use of product durability test equipment as well as the quality assurance pro¬grams utilized by the auto industry. Steven is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), holds a Pennsylvania State Inspection License and has been published on Engineering Test and Analysis Methods on multiple occasions.