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Old April 9th, 2019, 20:32   #31
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That's a rough situation. I doubt you'll be able to get any compensation from the mechanic, even if he was at fault. It's just not something that can easily be proven. I'd just say no thanks to his replacement car offer, and never use his services again.
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Old April 9th, 2019, 22:22   #32
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Yep, and even if you could "prove" it and "win" the case, unfortunately you're still a ways off from collecting.
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Old April 14th, 2019, 12:49   #33
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It doesn't really matter what happened: the car threw a rod while in your mechanic's care and while they were test driving it after a repair. We could speculate on why that happened but regardless I would say they owe you an engine.
So if a car is in a mechanics care and something happens they are automatically responsible?
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Old April 14th, 2019, 12:59   #34
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Probably not. And I'll acknowledge there's a lot about this situation we don't know, so perhaps they aren't responsible. But to me it looks like something happened that they're not sharing that caused the damage. That's a pretty dramatic failure to just spontaneously happen. Not common, either.
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Old April 15th, 2019, 08:03   #35
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I'm about 3 hours away (central coast) but can get to Portland - would be thankful for any involvement. Mad at myself for getting into this position.
I've got family that way... Waldport and Newport-ish.

Maybe we should link up sometime. Could give you a hand with the car whenever I'm in the area visiting.

Though at this rate I may not be up until sometime near 4th of July.
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Old April 15th, 2019, 23:35   #36
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From what I read, it sounded like the mechanic was fumbling around trying to open the hood while the engine was running away. If that is the case, he should have tried to stop the runaway immediately before doing anything else.

With a runaway, redline doesn't mean anything because the engine is consuming oil that is not metered by the fuel system so the engine will usually reach the highest RPM that it is capable of and then quite often hydrolock if you don't get it shut down immediately. Like in a few seconds after the runaway starts.
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Old April 16th, 2019, 15:28   #37
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Does the statement "with the mileage the car had on it that catastrophic failure wasn't a surprise" bother anyone else? Sounding like some tap dancing. Awaiting further details on the situation.
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Does the statement "with the mileage the car had on it that catastrophic failure wasn't a surprise" bother anyone else? Sounding like some tap dancing. Awaiting further details on the situation.
It doesn't bother me in the sense that it's a typical response from a typical non-TDI specialist/owner, reflecting a typical perspective regarding mileage on vehicles.

That's generally what will fall out of people's mouths when they see our odometers--even mechanics. I don't think it's being used as some sort of tap-dancing so much as reflecting his worldview in regards to older/high-mileage vehicles and his responsibility when something that seems unrelated to the repair he did breaks.

We already figured this guy shouldn't have been working on the TDI so there isn't much to say about that part of the problem at this point.
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Old April 19th, 2019, 18:08   #39
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Has everyone in this conversation who keeps pointing at the injection pump work, taken into account that as the runaway happened, if the ip was the cause simply shutting off the key would have turned the engine off?

This seems like its a turbo failure, feeding the engine on engine oil. Someone needs to check the turbo and intercooler for oil.
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Shutting the key off won't stop a runaway, hence the term. Also won't usually result in a rod being thrown clear through the block. Engine will still be toast, though.



Any updates on a post-mortem of the engine?
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