Hi y’all. First time here.
About 5 months ago my wife drove her '07 Dodge Charger through some water during a flash flood and the car stalled. Turns out there’s an air intake on the underside of this already low car and… slam: Drowned, Dead engine. Towed the car to a Dodge dealer and called the insurance company. They decided to pull the old engine, replace it with a “new” engine, and then check for further damage. Long story short, we got a refurbished Chrysler engine, a one-year warranty, no other damage was found, we paid our $500 deductible, and drove the car home.
Last week her engine light started coming on intermittently. 3 days ago she was able to get it to an AutoZone while the light was on and their computer pointed to the EGR, the Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve. The guy there told her that typically these do not begin to malfunction until a car like her Charger has at least 250,000 miles on it. Hers has 110,000. She took it to the dealer and the diagnosis was verified. They wanted $390 to repair it: $100 for the valve, $8 for the gasket, the rest for the labor. I spoke with the service manager on the phone yesterday and he lowered the price to $350.
My question: Is not the EGR Valve part and parcel of the engine? Should not my 1-year warranty on the engine cover the EGR valve? Is it not possible, perhaps even probable, that while this Chrysler engine may have been refurbished, rebuilt, re-whatevered, that the EGR valve that came with it remained untouched, not refurbished, and is failing because of the gosh-only-knows thousands of miles it spent on the Chrysler?