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Re: Anyone ever had to claim against the AA?
Personally I wouldn't use any easy-start product on any diesel engine as I have seen engines serously damaged (cracked pistons, damaged injectors, etc) by the use of such. In fact I know of one guy who was actually killed by an exploding manifold.
But having said that I can't see using it could cause either a
or fuel pump failure. Spraying injector cleaner into the engine owuld only cause it to run for a very short period and at fairly low rpm so for the engine to rev at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm it would need another fuel supply and in this case judging from the smoke the supply was the engine
. The most likely route being via failed
To be successful in any claim you would need to prove the AA man was negligent or contributed to the problems. For this you would need an independent engineers report which showed there was a direct causal link between his actions and any subsequent loss. Also I would expect an engineer to insist on a compolete engine strip down before he/she could come to any firm conclusions.
Also do you know the exact product that wa sprayed into the intake?
Not sure of the brand, was in a blue/white can labelled carb/injector cleaner. That's all I know.
My thought is that without any diagnostics he went straight to that, all he did was check if there was diesel in the filter. I had already done that myself by using the hand priming bubble thingy.
Another machanic who has looked at car now also described some potentially catastrophic damage that could be caused by this stuff.
Should he have checked the fuel pump first? They do carry tools and diagnostic computers and it is easy to get to on this car.
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