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Curiosity; Pothole destroying engine? by Phirewire
Started on: 05-14-2016 10:25 PM
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Last post by: mr_corean on 05-16-2016 09:12 PM
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So, this is a curiosity for me as it may have just happened. Tonight 5/14 I went out to Pepboys with the misses to get an RCA cable and look for tires for my new wheels. They ended up being close but in the next plaza there is a Auto-Zone. We headed over there while leaving the parking lot caught a massive pothole. No big deal everything seemed fine, journey on across the road. Parked and noticed temp gauge was higher than normal. Either way Turned the car off and ran inside. When I came back out started her up (was only in store 2 minutes or so) went to leave the lot to a nice big Bang and car jerk. Car stayed in gear and it kept going but pulled over in next lot to check. Noticed fluid pouring out. Assuming oil. (Here is the dumb part I understand it was stupid) drove the car 5 minutes down the road home and nursed it to a private lot to keep over night and walked another 10 minutes to my house for my truck.

Decided to go see what happened as it made no sense, I just got back from vacation in florida, and 2 weeks ago the oil was changed. First stop I check was pepboys to look at the size of potholes, and its a good 6 inch deep / 7 inch deep pothole which could easily fit a 14' tire all the way inside it. Its filled with water aswell so hardly noticeable at night, also has within 5 ft 2 other large potholes. No sign of oil here though. (assuming due to it being wet still) Then I checked AutoZone, and found a decent puddle of oil where i parked. AHA. and then the final straw i checked where I had the bang and there she lays a nice murder scene and a chunk of engine.


This all seems wierd to me as I belive the cradle should have taken the impact not? Either way not sure if this is a thing or but am curious.


LONG STORY SHORT.
hit pothole minutes later engine blew up. Not sure how it could happen .

Also car isn't lowered. it is on stock 14's.
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What was the 'chunk'?.....part of the oil pan?
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Originally posted by Phirewire:

hit pothole minutes later engine blew up. Not sure how it could happen .



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Report this Post05-15-2016 12:08 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PhirewireClick Here to Email PhirewireSend a Private Message to PhirewireEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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What was the 'chunk'?.....part of the oil pan?


Looks to be part of block. Pan looks scratched though

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Report this Post05-15-2016 12:10 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Custom2M4Click Here to Email Custom2M4Send a Private Message to Custom2M4Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
My car lost a Northstar to a pothole. Took out the pan and a chunk out of the crankshaft.

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Report this Post05-15-2016 12:51 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero ThomasClick Here to Email Fiero ThomasSend a Private Message to Fiero ThomasEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I wonder if you can claim that on your insurance. I hit something with my first svx and the trans locked up and they replaced the trans for me.

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Looks to be part of block. Pan looks scratched though


The block is cast iron. It's sitting up too high to be affected by a pothole. It's more likely it threw a rod. If the oil pan isn't caved in, it being the lowest point on the engine, it was just time for the engine to retire. If the pan is badly damaged then there is a possibility of oil starvation, resulting in a thrown rod.
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Here is my guess. Pothole or big bump caused oil pan to rupture. All the oil came out. You dove it without oil, end of story. As stated the block is above the cradle so it is unlikely that something from below broke the block.
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Originally posted by Fiero Thomas:

I wonder if you can claim that on your insurance. I hit something with my first svx and the trans locked up and they replaced the trans for me.



This! I had a TBSS with the intake down low, sucked up some water from a puddle and hydrolocked the motor. Insurance covered a new LS build for $8k under the collision clause. Only issue is if they decide the motor cost wouldn't be worth it and would want to total your Fiero.
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