This is a co-worker’s vehicle. I had heard he had his engine replaced, and that some dealer wanted $20,000 to do it, but insurance forced him to install a used engine for $11,000. Anyway, when I heard why he needed his engine replaced, I couldn’t believe it!
Says he hit some ponded water at a stop light in town (exit “ramp” out of the mall here). The engine stalled out and wouldn’t re-start. So he called AAA to be towed home, and then ended up at a dealership the next day (or two) where they said his engine was history because it had ingested water (and hydrolocked, I guess?).
How the heck is this possible? I know where this happened, and yeah - the road dips a little bit as you come up to the traffic light, but I can’t imagine that taking out a vehicle’s engine like his dealership claimed.
Was this just the perfect storm here - vehicle with very low clearance, low air intake capable of ingesting water, and a big enough downpour to make it all happen? I still don’t believe it. I think the dealership took him (and his insurance company) for a ride.