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I have a 2012 srt challenger which I love very much. I took it to a shop for oil change and wheel alignment on Thursday and they told me everything was good i just needed to change my brakes. I drove it from that shop less than 5miles and my car is making crazy sounds like it's about to stop. Back firing, and the electronic throttle control and traction lights come on. My question is did this shop mess with my car? They told me if the issue is not oil change related they will not be responsible for fixing my car. My car never had issues until this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I have a 2012 srt challenger which I love very much. I took it to a shop for oil change and wheel alignment on Thursday and they told me everything was good i just needed to change my brakes. I drove it from that shop less than 5miles and my car is making crazy sounds like it's about to stop. Back firing, and the electronic throttle control and traction lights come on. My question is did this shop mess with my car? They told me if the issue is not oil change related they will not be responsible for fixing my car. My car never had issues until this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Well, the obvious advice is to get the cause of the behavior documented.


Did you check the oil level? Is it good? Was the right oil used?


How long was the car at the shop? The reason I ask is the behavior can be due to a low battery or a lack of sufficient electrical power.


If the car sat a while with the hood and doors open this can drain the battery if the battery was not disconnected. Or if the battery was disconnected but the battery cables were not connected properly (left loose) this can cause the behavior.


I hate to mention it but there's always the chance the car was taken out for a "test" drive -- read thrashed to an inch of its life. (This happened to my 2006 GTO at a GM and Pontiac dealer.) How many miles were put on the car while it was at the shop?


Do not believe I would take the car back to the shop that did the oil/alignment. You need another shop to make the diagnosis.
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Thanks so much Rockster for the feedback. I took the car to a dodge dealership and they told me someone (person doing oil change from the other shop) had broken the sensor which got stuck in the fuel valve. So the only part I need was a dremel grommet and my baby will be home soon. 😁
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So is the other shop going to cover the cost?
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Yes they are! It wasn't easy though. I just can't believe how someone is ready to mess up your car so you can keep coming back giving them your money. Smh
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Yes they are! It wasn't easy though. I just can't believe how someone is ready to mess up your car so you can keep coming back giving them your money. Smh

The screw up was not to get you back again for more work but simply because whoever worked on the car probably needs to consider another line of work.
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