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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Question: Crankshaft pulley bolt broke off in shaft. Shop says treads in crank damaged.



mzornig, 3.0L V6, Asheville, NC, February 02, 2012, 11:59

My power steering went out and battery light came on while driving last week. I pulled over and shut engine down. Opened hood and saw belts loose or off. Drove approx. 1/4 apparently they had removed this bolt then and claimed it was already broken but had enough treads left to reuse along with some lock
tite. After pulling in I turned engine off and told mechanic what had just happened. Little while later he started my car and drove it under a bay to look at problem then restarted with second guy under hood. A piece of metal flew out and hit the guy so they shut it down and told me what happened.
The next day I was told they found the broken off crank bolt under the vehicle and that the treads in crankshaft had been damaged beyond repair. They think I will need a new crankshaft or rebuilt engine. They are saying no liability on their parts since bolt had been broken two years earlier when they replaced a timing gear that had broken. I believe they did not properly inform me then or now and they should assume part or all the liability to repair my vehicle.

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    February 02, 2012, 13:40

    It all depends on what type of warranty they gave you with the previous repair. Did they guarantee the work for how ever many miles/months etc. ?

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    mzornig, February 02, 2012, 17:07

    Not anything on their invoice. I will check on that. Thanks for the response.

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