Earlier this week we brought you the story of Jake Spiczka’s 2020 Corvette whose engine seized up while it was been driven by a couple of YouTubers. During an inspection of the car at the dealership, metal shavings were found in the oil filter. As the data logs showed it wasn’t a driver error, GM requested the engine be sent to Detroit where it was inspected by engineers.
While we are new to the story, Jake says he’s been dealing with this for about three weeks now. But the good news is that the Corvette is back in Jake’s possession and he has some follow-up news about the cause of his engine’s seizure.
From the driver’s seat of his 2020 Corvette, Jake tells us the new engine replacement was completely done under warranty and he wasn’t charged $1 for any of the work.
“I just wanted to say that my experience was absolutely phenomenal. Yes, the engine did seize. Yes, I did have to get the engine replaced. But the entire experience it only lasted about two and a half weeks,” he says. Jake goes on to thank his service rep Gene at Friendy Chevrolet who he says called him every day whether he had news on the car or not.
He also says that Gene had high praise for the GM engineers he was working with and that communication between the dealership and Detroit “was amazing.”
So let’s get to cause of Jake’s engine’s failure. He says that GM contacted him directly and explained that the failure was caused by the number 1 and number 2 rod bearings being spun and that it wasn’t caused by a lack of oil. He goes on to say that they believe it was most likely a bearing fitting issue during assembly although it could have been caused by possible debris from the manufacturing process.
Jake calls it a “100% fluke” that this happened to his car and we are hoping that’s the case. Jake also takes some time to recap how he had to deal with the situation including did he want it publicized all over YouTube that his car had an engine problem, plus some of the negative comments he’s had to deal with on his channel. But overall he is very positive about the experience and he loves the new Corvette.
Here’s Jake aka MidWestRide on Part 4 of his Corvette engine failure:
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