Engine Mechanical problem
2003 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 84900 miles
I have faithfully serviced my car at my local Toyota dealership. It started making an engine noise intermittently at stops with the drive engaged. The rear end would shudder. I took it in for service and inspection and asked them to look into the problem and change my oil. When I picked up my car, I was assured that it was a problem encountered with toyotas as they age and that the A/C compressor would cause the annoyance and that it was perfectly normal. All fluid levels had been checked according to my service slip. Everything great. I drove the car approximately 900 miles. Then on my way to work one morning the service light came on. I looked at all my gauges. All normal. My car was in cruise control and all of a sudden it revved up into the red on the RPM. I turned the cruise button off. And began hearing a clicking noise. As I tried to make my way off the freeway it gradually decelerated until it stopped completely. I had it towed to the same dealership for diagnosis. Their conclusion was that the head gasket must have been a faulty part or got worn out. And just blew. (Huh?) I had them run the code and it was P0117 engine coolant temp low circuit input. I was assured that there were no leaks anywhere. They said $5-6K to fix it. I had the car towed somewhere else for repair. The wrecker driver stated that there was oil leaking from my car onto the wrecker (maybe it was coolant? I don't know). There was no coolant left in the engine. They said it all burned up in there because it overheated. The water pump was not defective they said. The cylinders are scarred, the head is warped. Our new mechanic said it looked to him like oil starvation by evidence of how hot the car got. But there was pretty clean oil in the reservoir and a lot of it (overfull) when I went up there the next day after they "diagnosed it" to take pictures and ask questions. The oil filter smells burnt. But so does the rest of the engine. Something just doesn't seem right though. The service advisor seemed very nervous and defensive. And was quick to just give me my keys when I showed up with the tow truck driver. No questions asked. What could they be possibly trying to cover up. Or are they?
have the same problem?
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 AT 8:13 PM