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Car: 1982 380 sl, 176000 miles, engine rebuilt at unknown miles, timing chain replaced/ upgraded.

Situation: Engine oil changed, technician filled with 5 qts oil instead of 8 qts. Two weeks later, timing chain guide broke, chain jumped, valves bent, resulting in engine rebuild. Service rep states lack of oil not related to engine failure.

Question: Would the low level of oil described result in engine failure of this nature? Is there any literature or documented court cases to support this?
 
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