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Unread 12-23-2009, 02:54 AM   #1
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Default My 96 Camry and problems with depression

I'm sure many of you saw my thread about how my car is a big pink piggy bank with a vacuum. A vacuum that happens to be attached directly to my checking account.

Well I've got a big expense to add to the list:

I have recently discovered that my rear main seal has completely blown over, and I am now spewing 1 quart of oil every 2 days. It's leaking so bad it's dripping down onto my flywheel which in turn spins and splatters oil all over the place, causing leaks from multiple areas. Yes, it's a mess.

My mechanic gave me an estimate of 500 dollars which includes him buying the part and oils.

Should I do it? Here is a couple of things needed to know before that decision is made:

1. Car has 152k on it.
2. Engine is sludged, I can see it on the oil cap. Previous owner most likely neglected the engine.
3. Exterior and interior are pretty perfect.
4. Air leaks cause my windows to fog ridiculously during the winter.
5. Car drives perfect.
6. MPG is crap. 21mpg for a 2.2L engine.
7. Struts are slightly noisy but solid.
8. Everything works.
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Unread 12-23-2009, 09:24 AM   #2
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sell it and buy a ford focus.

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Well if you really like the car and you think that it will last a few more years, then I would pay the $500 to fix it, but like u said if you think the previous owner didn't take care of the car, then it might die at anytime.
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sell it and buy a ford focus.
He'd have more problems, but at least their covered under warranty for 36 months!
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He may have ruined his cylinder walls and compression wings.
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it was a joke lol. I personally do like focuses in general, but i know it gets ripped on here because of your lemon.

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I was too lol, but after the 18K he has to shell out for a focus, all his problems are fixed free LOL.
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Retro, if i were you, i would just go to the yard and get a new engine for it. It seems like your engine is almost done anyway, so it may be a little more money right now, but i think you'll be better off in the long run. I don't think you have the time to rebuild her yourself. A local yard for me has prices online, and has one with the 2.2 four banger for $650. Up to you, but if i were you i'd do it.

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I don't trust engines out of yards, the mileage they report, nor the owners that had them before. They could be way more sludged than mine is. (If mine even is. I just see sludge on the cap.)
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We've never had a problem.
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Toyota 2.2L motors are really bad about upper engine sludge it tookj me 45 minutes to get 4 quarts of oil in a car one time becuase it was so sludged up the oil would leave the top of the engine.

the good news it can be easily fixed just remove the valve cover gasket and start cleaning wash the cover out and use a ligh scraper to remove the build up. After your done a good engine flush can work wonders don't use the off the counter stuff unless it's Gumout they have a good safe flush. It make take a few oil changes but the problem can be cleard up. I would probably flush it every 1000 miles 2 or 3 times till the oil looks like new.
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