1999 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 119000 miles
I drove up to Kentucky from Florida (600 miles one way) to pick up my mother's 1999 toyota camry, 2.2L 4cyl, auto. It has 119,000 miles. Upon driving it home to Florida the car was running perfect, and about 300 miles into my trip I stopped and got gas, and check the oil levels. The reason I checked the oil levels is because I looked up on the windshield and noticed that the car was due for an oil change at 109,000 miles. IT WAS 10,000 MILES OVERDUE! So I immediately checked the oil level. Well the dipstick was bone dry. I put a quart of 10W30 in it, and the dipstick was still dry. I am certainly not any kind of mechanic and don't claim to be. So I was afraid to add any additional oil in it. I just decided to drive it home. Upon driving it again, the engine began ticking. Pretty fast, noticable tick, and the ticking sped up at higher rpm's. The higher the rpm's the faster the ticking. Now the engine ticks at idle and driving speeds. It sounds like it is coming from the top of the motor. I have no idea, maybe a lifter, or the cams or something. I took it to a toyota dealer (mistake) and they told me it was because the valve stem seals were bad, and also my plugs and plug wires needed replacement. I do not know how that would cause the car to tick. Toyota said " that the valve stem seals removed valve cover and plugs and found two plugs soaked in oil and plugs have no electrode left.&Quot; needless to say I replaced the plugs and plug wires. My question is, what is causing the ticking in the motor?
Monday, April 21st, 2008 AT 5:01 PM