Engine Cooling problem
2003 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Automatic 85000 miles
Hi I have noticed the car engine temp to fluctuate to high and low while driving. When I took to a toyota dealer, he said it was because of lack of coolant and said the water pump has a hole in it and has to be replaced, headgasket is blown and has to be replaced and also a possible head damage. I wanted to have it checked at another dealer (Midas) and they after inspecting the vehicle said there are coolant spills and engine oil on and around the engine and flushed everything and ran the car for 1/2 hr. They said they couldnt find and visible and obvious leaks in the system and said to come back after 3-4 days to have another inspection. They also did the pressurised check and didnt find any problem. Today I have taken the car again to Midas. They said that they can see the traces of coolant leaks but are saying that they couldnt exactly figure out from where it is coming from even after half an hr of engine running. They also told that they found few but a little traces of engine oil. I would have driven around 100 miles from my first check to now. They told me to come over after putting another 200 miles to figure out the problem.
Can you please help me in figuring out what the problem is? If there are traces of coolant and oil leaks cant they trace back to the root cause even after half an hr of running? Is that true? Also does this problem agravate if I run longer and longer. I am not facing the engine temp fluctuations now though. I had bought the car from the dealer 2 years back and faced zero problems till now. Also please let me know if I have to think of selling off the car, please help!
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 AT 5:32 PM