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So I have a Chevy Cruze 2017, and this past Sunday my check engine light and stabilitrak warning came on at the same time.

I took it into the mechanic, they said their master tech wouldn’t be able to Check the codes until Tuesday as he ran out of time on Sunday.

they call Tuesday saying my fuel injectors are faulty and needed to be replaced. Well my car is at 100,000 miles so it did make sense. They order the part we’re supposed to fix Wednesday when they came in. Of course come Wednesday the parts came in too late the tech was gone.

I get a call today saying they began working on it only to find out that one of them was broken and had fallen in. Saying when they master tech comes this weekend if he can’t fish it out I’ll have to get a new vehicle. I had asked my dad who has worked on cars his whole life if that happens. He said a fuel injector doesn’t just break on its own. Only when improperly mishandled when installing and uninstalling 

my question is how likely do you think they can get it out? Think it’s reasonable to tell them they broke it and should help pay for the cost of a new engine? I really don’t have 6-7k for an engine right now and cannot get a new car either…

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They probably need to remove the cylinder head to get it out.  Maybe if the piece that broke off is small enough, they'll be able to extract from the spark plug hole.  Sure glad it wasn't me who did it.

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I wouldn't have thought that would be something that would "just happen" but look at the comment from Katherine Janis for the video below. It would appear (surprise) that the GDI injectors that GM is using in that engine are not always able to stand up under pressure over time and can break apart. If part of the injector fell into the cylinder I would think it could be cleaned out by removing the cylinder head but I'm not familiar with that engine.

"I have a 2018 and was trying to pop out the fuel injector, the freaking bottom of that fuel injector broke off and now that part is still in that cylinder. Called repair shops and they all said I need a new engine!!"

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fuel injectors are faulty and needed to be replaced

Very uncommon.

He said a fuel injector doesn’t just break on its own.

He is 100% correct - it usually requires lousy craftsmanship for that to happen.

but those modern Chevies (Opel-Daewoo) have terrible quality so I wouldn't be surprised if it broke.

my question is how likely do you think they can get it out?

If they're removing the head? it shouldn't be an issue at all.

They should check with a borescope to check if there are pieces left.

If they will damage it - consult a lawyer.

I really don’t have 6-7k for an engine right now and cannot get a new car either…

Well it's a Chevy Cruze, eventually you'd need it or a new transmission.

 

I mean, the injectors? they're at least a 1k - 1.5k alone, as they're direct injected.

In the short term, you're looking at probably a new turbocharger and valve cover (with the PVC integrated).

I doubt the 6k or 7k - I'd guess an engine would be much cheaper, but they're on back order for over a year.

 

But generally, if you can't afford super expensive repairs - a Chevy Cruze is the wrong car to have.

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