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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-04-2019, 07:05 AM
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Can you post a good photo of the crack? An old crack vs new crack should be obvious.
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I meant I might be screwed with the warranty because the guy looked at it and said he didnt see anything, but they tried showing him. The tranny was lowered but not out of the way completely. So now they removed the entire transmission for him to get a better look whenever he comes back. I'm just surprised that is cracked. I'm a bit suspicious about them saying it was leaking, when I know it wasnt, and then having issues right after.
If you pour coolant in and it gushes out -then pretty hard to say that he didn't see anything. Pour more in and have him look again!
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You need to pursue the issue. If you faithfully described how things went down then the shop obviously knows they bear responsibility

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Who supplied the warranty? What was the explanation not to cover it? It should be a written statement of some kind or you need to get one. Warranty inspector is blaming the shop and shop is blaming manufacturer. However why would the block crack like that on an overheat and not just crack a cylinder.

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if it was cracked before it would have leaked out after the FnF, if it was low prior to the service (it likely wasn't) then any tech should take note that it was low and ask the advisor why was it there for a flush. if it had no heat afterwords then that's proof it was low. someone made a mistake, didn't fill it enough and/or didn't purge the air from the cooling system after the service was performed.
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Turns out there was fine print on the warranty stating it must be driven 1000 miles before it starts. Absolute ripoff. Anyway, theres a crack in the block next to the freeze plug (their description). I told them I shouldnt be paying a dime because it was fine before they flushed it. Have not heard anything since last weekend.

The level was full prior and the heat worked fine. What is the Fnf? I feel like i know but can't remember. No leaks prior, either.

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My condolences on your troubles. Not making light of your issues, rather trying to get to the real bottom of what may have happened if they did put in a proper antifreeze mix refill.


I will throw this out there as a possibility.


I work with industrial UV lighting which creates enormous heat. The systems are all water cooled. The customers never take care of the chiller units until something clogs up, and then we have to do a chemical flush to get out all the crap.


When we come at the system on day one of the flush, nothing is moving in the pipes, but nothing is leaking. Then we start to dissolve the junk clogging up the lines with the flushing agents.


Lo and Behold! The only thing stopping that rotted out coolant channel from leaking....wait for it.... WAS the junk in the system!
Now that we have removed the junk, the hole starts spewing antifreeze.


Who is to blame in this situation? Whoever originally let the system go this bad.



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You make a good point. Something must have been gunked up and dislodged. Im now just saving to get it back

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Heres a pic of the crack. Still cant afford to pick it up.
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Bad pics, can't see the crack
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