Car stopped because it was overheating

Tiny
SPSK78
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  • 2002 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 198,000 MILES
My car stopped because of overheat, shot up all the way to high red. Radiator top tank detached and milky white thing in radiator cap and blown between radiator broken area. I took it to Goodyear and they mentioned that plastic top take in radiator detached was the cause of overheating. They mentioned I have to replace entire cooling system radiator, thermostat, tubes and coolant flush.

Quoted around $800.00, my car is worth may be $1,000.00 to $1,500.00.

I also noticed that radiator cap milky white stuff dried and spluttered between broken area in the radiator. After referring online I am suspecting blown gasket due to which oil mixing with coolant. Am I right about it?

Should I fix this car or should forget bout it. Car is towed back to my house and thinking should I fix it myself referring DIY video or forget it do not waste any money in it! I have been doing all the repairs of this car for last four years.

Is it fixable? Is it worth spending money on it?

radiator top tank detached and milky white thing in radiator cap and blown between radiator broken area
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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 AT 8:19 AM

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Tiny
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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.com.

That is a good question. You can check the head gasket without replacing anything or even starting the vehicle. What you need to do is simple do a compression check. If you find one or more of the cylinders is low, more than a ten percent difference, it could be a head gasket. As far as coolant mixing with oil, usually it is a creamy tan color and not white. If you could upload pictures, I could better tell.

As far as the compression test, here is a link that explains how to do it:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-engine-compression

Here are the specific directions and specifications for your vehicle:

2002 Toyota Camry LE Sedan L4-2.4L (2AZ-FE)
Vehicle Engine, Cooling and Exhaust Engine Compression Check Testing and Inspection
TESTING AND INSPECTION
INSPECT COMPRESSION
Warm up and stop engine.
Disconnect the injector connectors.
Remove ignition coils.
Remove spark plugs.
Inspect cylinder compression pressure.
1) Insert a compression gauge into the spark plug hole.
2) Fully open the throttle.
3) While cranking the engine, measure the compression pressure.
Compression pressure: 1.360 MPa (13.9 kgf/cm2, 198 psi)
Minimum pressure: 0.98 MPa (10 kgf/cm2, 142 psi)
Difference between each cylinder: 100 kPa (1.0 kgf/cm2, 14 psi)
NOTICE:
Always use a fully charged battery to obtain engine speed of 250 rpm or more .
Check other cylinder's compression pressure in the same way.
This measurement must be done in as short a time as possible.
4) If the cylinder compression is low, pour a small amount of engine oil into the cylinder through the spark plug hole and inspect again.
HINT:
If adding oil increases the compression, it is likely that the piston rings and/or cylinder bore are worn or damaged.
If pressure stays low, a valve may be sticking or seating improperly, or there may be leakage past the gasket.

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Do this and let me know the results.

Take care,
Joe
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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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Thank you very much for the response. It really motivates me to work on my car. I am trying to learn and also fix it.

I have attached the pictures radiator leaks.
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Friday, June 15th, 2018 AT 11:41 AM
Tiny
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Hi again. I am here to help if you want to give it a try. As far as the pictures, it does not look like oil has contaminated the system. Either that is corrosion from age or someone put a stop leak in the system at some point.

I would recommend flushing the system (engine) and replacing both the radiator and thermostat. If any of the hoses are bad or look cracked or swollen, replace them at this time.

Here are directions for replacing the thermostat and radiator for your vehicle. As far as flushing the block, any parts store will sell cooling system flush products. Just follow the directions on the product.

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2002 Toyota Camry SE Sedan L4-2.4L (2AZ-FE)
Vehicle Engine, Cooling and Exhaust Cooling System Radiator Service and Repair
SERVICE AND REPAIR
Removal & Installation and Disassembly & Reassembly
DRAIN COOLANT
DISCONNECT RADIATOR HOSE INLET
DISCONNECT RADIATOR HOSE OUTLET
DISCONNECT OIL COOLER INLET HOSE (A/T TRANSAXLE)
DISCONNECT OIL COOLER OUTLET HOSE (A/T TRANSAXLE)
REMOVE AIR CLEANER INLET ASSEMBLY
Remove the 2 bolts and the air cleaner inlet.
REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT UPPER
Disconnect the 2 horn connector.
Remove the hood lock release lever cover.
Remove the bolt shown in the illustration.
Remove the 4 bolts and radiator support upper.
REMOVE RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
Disconnect the fan motor connector.
Remove the radiator w/ fan.
REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT CUSHION
REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT LOWER
REMOVE FAN ASSEMBLY, W/ MOTOR
INSTALL FAN ASSEMBLY, W/ MOTOR
Install the fan assembly w/ motor to the radiator. Torque: 5.0 Nm (51 kgf-cm, 44 inch lbs.)
INSTALL RADIATOR SUPPORT UPPER
Install the radiator support upper with the 4 bolts. Torque: 14 Nm (142 kgf-cm, 10 ft. Lbs.)
ADJUST HOOD SUB-ASSEMBLY
ADD COOLANT
CHECK ENGINE COOLANT LEAK

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For thermostat replacement, here are the directions. Keep in mind, the thermostat needs removed to properly flush the engine block. The last two pictures correlate with thermostat replacement.

2002 Toyota Camry SE Sedan L4-2.4L (2AZ-FE)
Vehicle Engine, Cooling and Exhaust Cooling System Thermostat Service and Repair
SERVICE AND REPAIR
REPLACEMENT
DRAIN COOLANT
REMOVE WATER INLET
Remove 2 nuts, and disconnect the water inlet from the cylinder block.
REMOVE THERMOSTAT
INSTALL THERMOSTAT
Install a new gasket to the thermostat.
Install the thermostat with the jiggle valve upward.
HINT: The jiggle valve may be set within 10 on either side of the prescribed position.
INSTALL WATER INLET
Install the water inlet with 2 nuts. Torque: 9 Nm (92 kgf-cm, 80 inch lbs.)
ADD COOLANT
INSPECT CHECK ENGINE COOLANT LEAK
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A thermostat is very inexpensive, so I recommend just replacing it. Also, I am suggesting these repairs based on the idea that the engine still starts and runs. If you worry about engine damage, please refer to my original post. Also, if you start the engine to see if it runs, do not run it longer than a few seconds since there is no coolant in it.

Let me know if you need help or more information.

Take care,
Joe
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