Question about 1998 Toyota Avalon
Car died had it towed to dealership. on 1st inspection mech said a cam had broken off damage to the cylinder head and other parts $3800 est repair. due to holiday delay and a wrong part two weeks later they finally got it back together and now it knocks now saying there is some once unforeseable internal damage. now repair bill could double. any recommendations other than a $3800 lawn ornament?
After seeing a broken cam the dealer should have recommended a RDI of the engine(remove, disassemble and inspect). Cams don't break on their own. Low oil pressure is usually the cause and will damage other internal parts such as rod and main bearings.After the RDI a complete list of the damage would have been had and you could have made a decision from there. It was rather irresponcible of the dealer to just replace ther head and cam without the RDI.
Posted on Apr 24, 2009
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To be 100% certain the cambelt is broken the cam cover needs to be removed take out the top 4 M6 bolts this will let you pull back the cover to check the belt if it's broken cylinder head off to check valves and pistons for damage good luck
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