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Toyota 4 cyl motor - oil sludge

I want to replace the motor with a junk yard one, for a 1995 camry wgn. What causes sludging in engines, and do I have to watch out for motor years? My camry has 348,000 miles, I want to rebuild a junk yard in my spare time, then swap out the motors, and rebuild the other one. I just dont follow if any of the 4 cyl. have serial numbers, or production dates that I should watch out for.

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  • Kewal Chopra Jan 16, 2009

    I practically never been to FIXYA website before. I read about your sludge problem and decided to post information from my 30 years of experience with engine oil sludge problems. I lost two cars due to sludge build up in the oil pan. First car was Dodge Dart 1973. As a special precaution I started using Synthetic oil when they first came up with this concept. My Dart died in 1991 when I was on highway, sludge was shooting out carburetor, probably pvc valve was choked.

    My second car Buick Skylark 1981 with carburetor died around same time with similar problems, ie sludge shooting out of carburetor.

    In 1991 I bought Camry 1991. I decided to try Motor Flush which is basically a solvent. Since then I have using half a quart of paint thinner once a year. To do so I add half quart of paint thinner to engine oil and let the engine run for 5 minutes. I let it cool off and drain the oil. Motor flush or paint thinner seems to dissolve the sludge. Camry 1991 still runs very quite just like new, but car transmission died because someone hit it on I-75 at

    a speed of 60 mph. You can decide whatever you believe is right, paint thinner worked for 17 years. I just camry 2009, I will do the same thing. By the way I have 1994 Corolla, I have been doing same thing with Corolla, it's

    engine is in great shape.

    - Kewal Chopra



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Go on ebay and search for your exact replacement motor by a company in North Hollywood, Ca. Japanese direct Motors. I bought one for my mom's camry and all I had to do was swap over the oil pump configuration and while i had it out i change the timing belt and all the accessary belts. The car runs like a new one now and the engine cost me $400 + 200 to ship directly to my shop labor was about 20 hours 120 in parts for a total $1900. Parts and labor. If i would have cut the labor by doing the work myself. It would have been a savings about $1200.00. I don't know if this is what you wanted in a suggestion but, if you are like me I like to get things done as quickly as possible for a reasonable price. These engines come with a one year warranty becuase they are teated for quality before they are sold and i kind of like the idea of not having to break in the rings and bearings. Also if something goes wrong with what i put together i have to eat the cost of my mistakes. If these engines fail the company will replace it provided you did everything right.

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