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Dear Patty, My friend's Mitsubishi Eclipse Convertible is 8 years old and it stopped running the other day. It was leaking radiator fluid and she had it towed to a nearby repair shop that her husband insists is honest(not a dealership). They looked at it for 2 days before getting back to her and told her it was "engine tilt" and she would have to replace the engine which would be over $2,000. Have you ever heard of engine tilt? I have talked to a few people in the industry & they havn't heard of it. We were just wondering if it could be a true diagnosis or if it sounds like they are taking advantage of her. Thank you in advance.

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Bridgett, When I hear "engine tilt" I am hearing that the engine is literally tilted....sometimes it is the engine mounts wearing and not being able to hold the engine in place. I would tell your friend to tell the shop she does not understand their explanation, and would also like to come into the shop and have them show her what is wrong. Also, before she does anything drastic make sure this vehicle is in good enough shape that it is worth investing money into. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Bridgett, I have been in the automotive industry for over 10 years, I currently work as a service manager with 7 mechanics. "Engine tilt" appears to be a bogus term. I would take the car to another shop for a second opinion, or have them specifically explain what they are deeming "tilt". A broken motor mount can cause an engine to tilt, but would not deem a motor replaced. If it had a leaking radiator, she could have run the car hot and warped the cylinder heads, but I would take that car out of that shop and obtain a second opinion. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Bridgett Geeslin, I personally have never heard of engine tilt. However, sometimes people use different terms or words to describe the same thing. Before assuming that this shop is just making something up, I would suggest that you ask them to describe what they mean by engine tilt, and get as much information as you can. It's a good idea to get it in writing so that there is no confusion or miscommunication. I would love to hear the description they give you. Please let us know. Suzanne

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