I mentioned this in another thread but this thread title is more accurate and I need more info.
A few months ago I got a Check Engine Light. I did notice the truck running a little roughen cold mornings, but once it warmed up fine. Took to the dealership, on first glance they told me cylinder was bad, replacement would be covered by warranty. Get a call a few days later, NOPE not covered by warranty, a spark plug electrode (which isn’t covered by warranty) caused the damage to the cylinder, and by the way, you now need a new engine because it also damaged the crank arm. That’ll be $12,000 please. Finally Ford Customer Care offered to pay 30% of the repair, bringing it down to $9,000. Still a ton of money to me. I would have just kept driving the engine as it was till it really died if I had known.
So now I have a few different tracks of questioning:
The warranty specifically says that it doesn’t cover damage to warrantable parts caused by non-warrantable parts. The plug was not covered by warranty (Ford ESP warranty from Ford). Is there any way to argue that the spark plug was damaged by combustion of the engine?
This truck is a 2013 Ford F150, with the 5.0L V8. 80K miles, bought at 40K and was certified preowned. I purchased a 7 year, 100K mile warranty at the time from the dealership. It is a Ford ESP warranty.
The Engine Damage was caused supposedly by an electrode that broke off the spark plug and damaged the cylinder head and the crank arm to the point that now I need a whole new engine? Does this sound fishy to anyone? A few mechanics that I talked to seemed confused as to how this could be the case.
Replacing the Engine I’m leaning toward having the truck towed to another shop and having a used engine installed (it they think that’s still what needs to be done). Then probably turning around and selling the truck and trying to get at least some money back. Is this probably my best course of action?
I’m not a rich guy, this will definitely set me back either way, and I’m just trying to figure out my best course of action to get out of this without getting put into bankruptcy.
Right now I can tell you that I will NEVER buy or tell anyone else to buy a FORD vehicle. It is a shame too, because this is my 3rd Ford vehicle, and the year I bought it, my family bought 4 Ford vehicles.