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'98 Isuzu Rodeo, Locked Up Engine

Q: I have a ‘98 4wd Isuzu Rodeo with 49k. Two days ago I went to the dealer for an oil change. The engine locked because they didn't put oil in it after they drained the old oil. The oil warning light didn't flash when I drove off the lot. It was driven about a mile before it stopped. My questions are the following: 1. Is it possible that other things might have been damaged other than the engine when it happened? 2. What can I expect if a rebuilt engine is installed? 3. In your own opinion what would be the fairest way that I would ask for to correct the situation? 4. Is there any organization other than contacting a lawyer who can help protect my interests in this situation?

A: Is it possible other items were damaged other than the engine? The engine does not share fluids with other components and short of a high speed failure/lock-up of the engine it is very unlikely any other damage occurred. As for a rebuilt engine? A correctly rebuilt engine will easily perform as new. What is the fairest way to correct this situation? They, the repair facility should replace the engine and provide you with alternate means of transportation while they’re correcting their error at no charge. Also realize a rebuilt engine comes with a warranty, be sure you receive that information. Is there any organization other than a lawyer to contact to protect your interest? Every state has a Better Business Bureau that can provide guidance and information. I doubt that you’ll have much trouble. Most reputable repair facilities want to step up and make things right. If push comes to shove and the statements you made are true get a lawyer. Fixing the engine will be a bargain in comparison to the cost they would face if your situation went to court.

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