Do I need to get a new motor for my 2007 Dodge Charger 3.5L

70

Asked by Sep 17, 2014 at 08:37 PM about the 2007 Dodge Charger

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My husband had the oil change and the filter was faulty. All of the oil leaked out and the
motor shut off. Before this happened the car was in excellent condition.  The car only has
65990 miles on it.  He never put anymore oil back in it. He just parked it in the back yard.
What should I do?

19 Answers

35,405

Have you contacted the oil change franchise? It seems to me that there is some responsibility there.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70

Yes, my then husband went to the store were he purchased the filter. They messed the paperwork up twice. By the time the paperwork was completed and the filter was sent back to the company for testing, they sent a letter stating the the filter was bad, but it was over 30 day warranty.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,405

Smoke and mirrors. They muck up the paperwork twice and now it's your problem because of there inability to possess the paperwork work on time? Additional, It's someones job to say NO in hope's that you will go away. Write letters to the heads of each company involved. Explain that you are prepared to go to the end of the earth and contact every media out let you can find and tell them about the poor quality of the filter and the way you were treated. Lost paperwork....... Sounds like the IRS.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70

They messed the paperwork up on purpose. I tried to get my husband to stay on top of it, but of course he told me to let him handle it. It has been almost 3 years, I just want to get it fixed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,405

Oh..... Well the statute of limitations has long since expired. If it's been sitting for 3 years then other problems have most likely aroused. From dried out seals to critters making it there home. You could donated it to a vocational school or sell it as a part only vehicle on Craigslist or something like that.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70

I'm going to get it fixed. So should I get a new motor or have the one I got rebuilt?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,405

Get a rebuilt. The engine will come with out the starter, alternator and some other accessories. The mechanic that doze the swap can change those over. My biggest concern is the transmission. Having sat for 3 years its going to be of concern. I don't know of a way to test it without the engine running.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,405

BTW. Did the engine stop running? Or did it just get parked.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70

The engine just stopped. It never ran hot. We never had any problems. The oil ran out while he was driving and the engine cut off.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,405

Maybe just MAYBE the engine did NOT seze up. On some cars, and I'm not sure about yours, the engine has a cut off built in to shut it off if the oil pressure drops below a safe level. You may want to get a new battery ( your going to need one anyway) and a good oil filter and 5 quarts of oil and see if it turns over. I'm not going to promise you anything but it is chicken soup. It couldn't hurt. What do you think?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70

I think you are right. Will try it tomorrow and let you know what happens.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
35,405

If it turns over it may not start. Old gas turns into varnish. If it turns over and you don't hear any banging sounds, have it towed to a trustworthy mechanic and get an evaluation. I'm curious. Let me know.

70,295

Since it's been sitting for 3 years I'd suggest removing the spark plugs and spray engine fogging oil in the cylinders through the spark plug holes. Let it sit overnight then try turning the engine by hand. If it won't turn by hand don't bother going any further. It's time for an engine. I bet that the engine is ok though. It could very well have a low oil cutoff. Many newer vehicles do. HTH. -Jim

70

Thanks for your help. Hope it works

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70,295

You're welcome. Glad to help. -Jim

70

Great news Jim. I put a new battery in it for the second time and the motor turned over. The car is trying to crank after 3 yrs. This is the first time that this has happened. Got a certified machanic coming to look at it. I'm very excited. Will keep you informed

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70,295

Awesome!! Very glad to hear that. So we know that the engine is not seized. Yes, please keep me posted! - Jim

35,405

That's good news. I'm crossing my fingers.

70

Hey guys, it has been 6 months since I last talked to you. I put a new battery in my charger on Friday, March 27 for the third time and the car cranked and is running great. My machanic checked it out. Just need general maintenance. Thanks for everything.

Your Answer

Charger

Looking for a Used Charger in your area?

CarGurus has 27,995 nationwide Charger listings starting at $1,979.

ZIP:

Dodge Charger Experts

  • #1
    Supanovah
    Reputation
    2,220
  • #2
    Willie Francis
    Reputation
    2,130
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    840
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Challenger
297 Great Deals out of 22,426 listings starting at $6,999
Used Ford Mustang
728 Great Deals out of 38,096 listings starting at $895
Used Chrysler 300
325 Great Deals out of 17,892 listings starting at $1,295
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
908 Great Deals out of 70,944 listings starting at $950
Used Chevrolet Impala
515 Great Deals out of 34,209 listings starting at $950
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,112 Great Deals out of 167,048 listings starting at $1,900
Used Honda Accord
1,117 Great Deals out of 62,337 listings starting at $1,199
Used Dodge Durango
288 Great Deals out of 21,536 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chevrolet Corvette
302 Great Deals out of 20,672 listings starting at $2,990
Used Ford F-150
2,317 Great Deals out of 184,577 listings starting at $699
Used Nissan Maxima
285 Great Deals out of 23,297 listings starting at $799
Used BMW 3 Series
1,163 Great Deals out of 33,298 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
652 Great Deals out of 39,640 listings starting at $1,000
Used Dodge Ram 1500
356 Great Deals out of 10,908 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Dodge Charger For Sale
7,200 listings starting at $21,635
2017 Dodge Charger For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 6,990 listings starting at $17,991
2016 Dodge Charger For Sale
85 Great Deals out of 3,811 listings starting at $13,991
2015 Dodge Charger For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 1,551 listings starting at $13,500
2014 Dodge Charger For Sale
93 Great Deals out of 2,447 listings starting at $8,495

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.