Did the dealers maintanence work kill my 2008 Dodge Caravan?

Asked by Feb 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM about the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We had our 2008 caravan in to the dealer for an abs sensor module replacement.  They of course found many other things to charge us for.   They found a leak in the radiator that we replaced and also persuaded us to do a fuel injector flush and cleaning.  1700 dollars later we got the car back.  The day following our visit the car died in a busy intersection.  When trying to restart it made loud knocking sounds and would not restart.  We had it towed back to the dealer and it took them 2 days to say that it could be the timing chain or a thrown rod.  It is too coincidental that we would have the car back for one day just to have it die on its own.  Is it possible that maybe the fuel injection flush could have damaged them so they were stuck open causing the engine to hydrolock and throw a rod? The dealer tells us they still have no idea what went wrong.

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1,715

Injector stuck open would flood the spark plugs also you'd smell the gas also there would be a strong gas smell in the oil, timing chain a possibility but I don't think that would cause the knocking noise, now a rod is possible it over heated? or some how ran out of oil?

1,715

Or low on oil?

Oil was changed 2 months ago and was full. No noticeable gas smell. They said the #5 cyclinder was bad. They finally got it started and the engine knocks really bad. It didn't overheat.

1,715

Sounds like a rod

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