I have a 1998 Toyota Camry LE 4 Cyl with 89900 miles. A few days back when I took it for an oil change, the car suddenly stalled when the mechanic took it for a test drive (before doing the oil change).
The car had to be towed back and on preliminary inspection, the mechanic showed me that one of the pistons was misaligned. I was advised to replace the engien and the best option suggested by the shop was to get the long block replaced by a remanufactured one.
I got the job done, including changingt the plugs, timing belt and the water pump.
The final diagnosis - Connecting rod failure due to lack of oil to the rod bearing.
My questions are
1. How could this happen without any indication when the car was running so smoothly all along?
2. The remanufactured engine seems to be more noisy than the original one. What could be the possible corrections I should tell the mechanic?
Thanks in advance for your expertise.
Thursday, December 14th, 2006 AT 9:44 PM