By Ralph Echtinaw
Delivery of the city’s 2016 Dodge Charger following an engine replacement has been delayed because the rebuilt mill that Alma Chrysler installed failed during testing.
“There was a failure of parts inside the engine block,” said Police Chief Richard J. Ramereiz Jr. in a written report to city council. “This resulted in the engine block getting damaged and rendered unusable. I was told the pushrod broke loose, fell into the block damaging the cam shaft and engine block itself. I was told this would be covered by the new engine warranty.”
Ramereiz confirmed Monday that the new engine will be just that; not another rebuilt engine.
When city council voted to replace the engine in December it had three options; a used engine for $7,524, a rebuilt engine for $9,114, or a new engine for $10,348.
Council chose the rebuilt engine. Now that the rebuilt mill is toast Alma Chrysler will replace it with a new one.
Ultimately, Ramereiz plans to replace the 2016 Charger with a Ford Explorer, which the department already has two of. (Currently, police have two 2020 Explorers, a 2014 Charger that is an admin car, the 2016 Charger and a 1989 military surplus High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.)
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