That’s actually pretty good. The problem, I think, is more about a shortage of certified Techs than a manufacturing flaw, although I guess it could be either/or. But clearly, if they had more Techs, the wait would be shorter.They have all the parts now, just waiting on the tech to work his way to mine...I guess those Fiat techs are kept pretty busy. Today marks 120 days of ownership, 12 of which spent in the dealership. 10% downtime 🙃
Sent an email to Meziere and got a reply. They have no experience with the current iteration of the 124, naturally. However, they do have recommendations for timing belt changes for older Chrysler and Honda V6's, some Subaru boxer engines, and others. So downsizing a belt to replace the water pump for the 124 may not be an obscure, "one-off" task.
I don't see how a shortage of techs is causing water pumps to destroy themselves. But a shortage of techs could cause a long wait for warranty work, which has certainly been experienced by many of us. An untrained tech could could install the sealant gasket incorrectly, like what has been hypothesized with some of our "water pump failures", but a leak around the gasket surface shouldn't kill the pump instantly like what happened with mine. A fault with the pump shaft seal inside the pump would look an awful lot like a leak around the gasket, with the front of the engine dripping in coolant. There is definitely a design and/or manufacturing flaw and I'm sure FCA is well aware of it by now. The problem is they don't seem to be doing anything to fix it, or at least they're not telling us or the dealers the plan if there in fact is one.That’s actually pretty good. The problem, I think, is more about a shortage of certified Techs than a manufacturing flaw, although I guess it could be either/or. But clearly, if they had more Techs, the wait would be shorter.
Mind summarizing so we don't have to search through 1000 posts? I've never heard of a core plug just popping out while driving. Really losing faith in this car.You can read about it in my build thread. Haven’t completed failure analysis yet, maybe this weekend but it’s upper 100s now and 110+ is not far away. It was 83 at 5am when I drove into work this morning.
That’s one guess but I think @Calehedron is still investigating.Hmm. Been following both threads. I thought Calehedron's engine popped the freeze plug because of head gasket failure relating to modifying an OEM gasket to fit block and head modifications - cylinder compression pressurized the water jacket. I thought a problem with installing and compressing the freeze plug had been ruled out, since the OEM plug had never been taken out. If I'm wrong, set me right.
On the other hand, I didn't like the way that big freeze plug looked - convex instead of concave, like it hadn't been driven in and compressed properly.
It would be interesting to see the freeze plug that popped on this engine.