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Slk 32AMG Accident

hello everyone
I Am new in this forum and need some help.
I Am from Chile South America and own a 2002 SLK32AMG (first owner).
A couple of weeks ago I crashed against a piece of rock that opened a 4 inch diameter hole in the carter reservoir.
I was driving around 60/65mph and got into the situation 0,5 miles ahead.
Side - effect was that my engine was severely damaged, because of the lack of oil.
Insurance company said that this kind of dammage is not covered by. (Side damage)
I need to prove that, with a hole around 4 inch diameter in the carter , under normal oil pressure, the leakage never would be detected in time to avoid severe damage in the engine.
Any help would be very appreciated
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Daniela - welcome to the forums. Please add your details via the UserCP ^^^^

'carter reservoir'? - do you mean the sump? Directly underneath the engine?

If you lose your engine oil, a warning light should come on. How far did you drive after the accident?

I do not expect Car Insurance to cover that sort of engine damage. Maybe any bodywork repairs are covered.
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Car insurance is going to argue negligence on your part. You can't prove otherwise. They certainly aren't going to take the word of anyone on this forum as reason to pay for your engine repair. You are most likely looking at a long court battle which you will ultimately lose.

Sorry for your predicament.

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What makes me wonder is that the car computer didn't prevent the extensive damage.
I read the reports that even older ML320 computer will shut the engine off when its overheats. Would expect that 2002 S-class has much more advanced protections.
Just a tough -if you can prove the computer malfunction that would put you off the hood?
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What is a carter reservoir? Something you made up? That is a new one for me.

If this is the sump, then let me restate your question. You were driving along paying no attention to the road surface (or off-roading in an SLK) and drove over a sharp rock, it tore a hole in your oil pan, oil started pouring out all of the ground, a whole bunch of idiot lights came on, and you decided that it would be a good idea to keep driving half a mile? This event severely damaged your engine and you think that your insurance company should pay for your stupidity?

Is that about right?
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Translation: French > English.

carter reservoir = sump tank.

I think mr.xp is right on the button there....
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What is a carter reservoir? Something you made up? That is a new one for me.

If this is the sump, then let me restate your question. You were driving along paying no attention to the road surface (or off-roading in an SLK) and drove over a sharp rock, it tore a hole in your oil pan, oil started pouring out all of the ground, a whole bunch of idiot lights came on, and you decided that it would be a good idea to keep driving half a mile? This event severely damaged your engine and you think that your insurance company should pay for your stupidity?

Is that about right?
yes but I forgot to tell that I was driving alone late at night, in a very dangerous zone , the yellow light got on and I drove less than half a mile. The time to run off oil, even with 8 liters in the pan, is less than 1 second, under 45/50 psi.
Insnt right?
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Daniela - you did not explain what has happened to your engine. You said 'severely damaged'.

But has it 'seized'? (votre moteur a-t-il saisi?)

Was it dismantled at the garage? (votre moteur a-t-il été démonté au garage?

What did they advise?
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Driving a half mile with the yellow oil light on is negligence. No, the engine would not necessarily be damaged if you stopped immediately. Yes, the oil would drain from the sump quickly with a hole that size, but the damage would not necessarily be immediate.

Your insurance company is not responsible for your decision to drive with the yellow light on. If you were in a dangerous area, the cost of your repair may be cheap compared to the value of your life. I might have made the decision to drive on, but I would not expect the insurance company to relieve me of the cost of the choice.

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