According to the tech, its the engine's oil pump. What I mean my shutting down is that I was driving down the road and without warning the engine stop running and I managed to steer the car to a safe spot. When I attempt to start the car, it appears to be turning over, but not connecting. The tech said that the oil pump was gone. I asked what signs would there had been because the car had oil and it was not making noises nor was the engine light on? When I try to crank, the engine light is on.
I had the timing belt changed in August. I didn't understand why the oil pump couldn't be replaced, instead of getting a new motor for $5,000.00. That is the price that I was quoted. That is a good down payment on another car.
I've had a few people to tell me that they think something happen with the timing system. It is hard to trust anyone, especially when you are a woman and know little about cars. I asked the tech what could have cause the oil pump to go bad. His reply was that he would have to tear it down to find out, but it was not worth it because he knewthat its the oil pump. : I had to car towed home so that I can get a second opinion. But, when I looked on the web for parts, I saw oil pumps for sale. So, I am not understanding why I was told that an oil pump can't be replaced.
Trusting your tech and shop IS very important! If in fact the oil pump failed while you were driving, than in my opinion some serious damage to the engine may have occurred and this is why the tech is recommending an engine replacement. Yes the oil pump can be replaced, but it would not be in your best interest to do this as you would pay for the work and the parts and its a real possibility it would be for naught because of the damage to the internals of the engine. Its also a great idea to get a second opinion, but I strongly recommend you get it from a qualified tech or shop. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 AT 5:10 AM