Despite nearly 150 years of research, development, and refinement, modern
engines still function based on the principle of using a reciprocating
piston to extract power from a controlled explosion. Despite the new technology
that manufacturers like General Motors and Ford Motor Company use to design
their engines, mistakes can still happen. An engine can run out of oil
or it can be destroyed by a displaced timing chain. Below, we talk about
a few engines that have a
reputation for catastrophically failing.
Hyundai/Kia: 2.0-L & 2.4-L Four Cylinder
The South Korean motor company had to recall 1.4 million cars and sport
utility vehicles because their 2.0-L and 2.4-L four-cylinder engines can
spontaneously seize. Hyundai’s Theta II engines were made at a plant
located in Alabama. Metallic debris left behind from the manufacturing
process can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings which can cause
the bearings to wear and fail. The recall covers 2013-14 Hyundai Santa
Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata sedans, 2011-14 Kia Optima sedans, and 2011-13
Kia Sportage and 2012-14 Sorento SUVs.
General Motors: 2.4-L Four Cylinder
Owners of the redesigned 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers
reported that the base 2.4-L four-cylinder engine would eat itself up
after the timing chain stretched and jumped the gear teeth. One class
action lawsuit claims that the four-cylinder engine in 2010-2017 models
consumes as much as a liter of oil for every 1,600 km travelled.
Audi/Volkswagen: 2.0T Turbo Four Cylinder
Audi and its parent company Volkswagen had to settle a class-action lawsuit
with owners of 2.0T-powered models because they devour motor oil at shocking
rates. According to the lawsuit, 126,000 Audis have defects in their turbocharged
engines which causes the vehicles to consume oil too quickly. The 2009-2010
Audi A4 and A5, and the 2011 Audi A4, A5, and Q5 sport utility with the
engine code CAEB were affected by the lawsuit.
Ford: 1.6-L EcoBoost Four Cylinder
The British-made 1.6-L EcoBoost turbo direct injection is well known for
overheating and catching on fire. 29 fires have been recorded by the U.S.
government and some owners have reported coolant leaking into the engine
cylinders. Ford recalled nearly 230,000 2014 Escapes, 2014-2015 Fiesta
STs, 2013-2014 Fusions, and 2013-2015 Transit Connect vehicles because
of coolant leaks.
Subaru: 2.5-L Turbo Four Cylinder
A class-action lawsuit alleges that the pistons and PCV systems in the
high-performance 2.5-L turbocharged engines of Subaru’s 2009-14
Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI models might overheat or malfunction. Drivers
of the Impreza WRX and WRX STI claim their cars suddenly lose power, stall,
or suffer engine failure because the internal parts overheat and seize up.
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