I have a 2000 Solara...2.2L 5 spd manual and the engine is knocking real bad. I put a Class 2 hitch on the car and towed a single-motorcycle trailer with a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja on it to Mississippi. The total towing weight was 780 lbs. When I made this trip 2 months ago, the car had 148K miles on it and ran without issues. I got 19mpg going down and 35mpg coming back w/o the trailer. I believe that I over-worked the motor and was it's eventual undoing.
I was coming home from work 2 weeks ago and by the time I got home, there was a knocking noise that changed with the speed of the engine. I let the car sit for 2 days on level ground and found the car to be 2.5 qts low on oil. Know that I bought the car from my step-mother and she is the original owner and took very good care of the car. I never thought to check oil because I saw no leaks, the engine had never used oil before my trip and quite honestly, I never thought I would EVER have a problem with a Toyota engine.
My local Toyota garage told me "Internal Engine Failure" after their $87.00 diagnostic service. The gave me a price of $3580.00 to rebuild the motor or $4100.00 to replace it with another engine with 79K miles on it.
I don't have that kind of money to give to them to do the work...I don't think I want to try to tackle rebuilding the engine myself...I think I have narrowed it down to replacing the engine myself (as I cannot find any local mechanic that wants the job)
My question is: Where can I find a good engine...one that I KNOW the guys selling it is not trying to rip me off. A 30 day or 3 month warranty is fine and all...but I don't want to have to pull it back out to swap it out. I want to purchase a motor from someone that is reputable and someone I can trust to sell me a motor known to operate properly.
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How do I find my hitch system rating?
Your hitch system is comprised of three components, the Hitch that is attached to the frame of your car, the Ball Mount (drawbar) and the Hitch Ball. Each component has a rating for capacity. The LOWEST rating of the three components determines the overall rating of your complete hitch system. For instance, you can have a 3500 lb hitch and ball mount, with a 2000 lb ball. Your hitch system is limited to the 2000 lbs towing capacity. https://www.uhaul.com/Articles/Tips/33/How-To-Determine-Your-Hitch-System-Rating
Class II hitches can tow small boats, campers snowmobiles and so on. The maximum weight they can handle is 3,5000 pounds of the loads Gross Towing Weight. The correct towing accessories will make the experience quick and stress free.
Towing must be taken seriously and you must therefore make sure the correct towing accessories. A class 4 hitch cannot handle the massive weight of a horse trailer, it is therefore better if you didnt use it but used a class 5 hitch which can handle the loads.
Meloe77, there's a high possibility you have a mechanical failure inside the engie causing the knocking sound. (Check the oil?) The reason for shutting off is because the knock sensor can hear it, and the powertrain control module (PCM, herefore) is trying to detune the engine to eliminate the sound, (as if it were caused by bad gasoline.) The fact that there is a mechanical knocking sound, means that the sound cannot be eliminated by detuning of fuel or spark mapping, therefore it starves for fuel and/or spark causing the engine to stop running. My recommendation: Have the vehicle TOWED to a reputable mechanic and ask him if its possible that I'm right.
Hi Frank, I have a Durango 2000 and pull a 24 foot ski boot loaded with equipment. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't try towing anything without the trailer brakes connected. I purchased the Titan Trailer brakes setup and they've never failed me once. The hitch: just make sure you get the right towing capacity for your travel trailer. I have the 5.9 liter engine, which allows up to 6500 pounds of towing capacity. Your owners guide will explain how many based on engine size. Good Luck, and happy traveling. Mark
First off the 1997 F-250 HD with a 4.10 rear end will haul 14,900 lbs. The real question is do you have a receiver hitch or the rear bumper hitch. If you have the rear bumper hitch buy a receiver hitch that mounts to the frame a class 5 is usually put on these trucks. However a class 4 will work just fine for 6,000 lbs. The receiver hitch will have the capacity stated right on the hitch you just bend over and read it. It will give you two ratings one with weight distribution device and one without. You will be looking at the one without. That will fall somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 lbs depending on the hitch manufacturer and the class. Hope this helps.
Not trying to sound like dodging the question but, If it's not written in your owners manual, your best bet is to call local toyota dealer & ask to be sure. Wouldn't want to guess on that & end up blowing your transmission or engine.
3 Quarts? If you had to add three quarts you probable burned out your Crank bearings. Make sure you did didn't overfill the oil. Change your oil and add some additive to it. If it still knocks, it's probably your bearing. Pull engine, replace crankshaft and rod/main bearings.
While a Grand Prix isn't really designed to tow,the capacity of the car would be 4 adults and luggage.In my estimation,that would equate to roughly 1000 pounds that the car can comfortably haul around.Now,you do have to realize that this is going to be ******* the transmission especially,and the engine secondly.Definitely install an auxiliary transmission cooler to help dissipate the heat from the trans fluid.A close look at the rear suspension and possibly any upgrades there will help out with the tongue weight that a trailer creates.Check and see how much the trailer actually weighs before proceeding.Unlike cars of 30 years ago,that were outfitted with V8,rear wheel drive, truck engines and transmissions,today's cars really aren't the ideal choice to tow with,as a front wheel drive transaxle is pretty light duty.Towing a lawnmower and small trailer,or a jet ski,no problem.A camper trailer would need to be really light,and the other issue might be brakes.Check your brakes really well on your car,as they will also be stopping the weight of whatever you're towing.Good luck.