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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Thank you for asking my assistance. I will try my best to help you.
I have been in the Toyota biz for the last 14 years, and, unfortunatly, have not ever heard of this issue. That being said, I do have connections in the engineering dept at Toyota, and on Monday, I will call out to the west coast and inquire further for you.
Now, to the issue at hand: The shield that was bent down is secured very well to the underside of the valve cover. To bend that device, I can only guess that when the oil was being put into the engine via an oil pump, the nozzle of the pump was *** jammed *** down onto the shield, and broke it loose from the internal retainers under the valve cover, and contacted the cam; this is very possible...I agree with the statement that your SM provided, however, further engine damage? Removal of the oil pan would be in order, to determine if any more pieces are there. Doubt it, though.
And, to answer your last question, the responsibility of the cause for failure is your oil change guy.
He bent/broke the shield, and caused your problem. I hope this has helped, if you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to repost.
Posted on Oct 04, 2008
just went thru the same think wit a s 430 it was the crank position sensor . 60 bucks at auto zone and it took me 5min. 2 install if u need help feel free to call me 918 808 9706 chris
Posted on May 15, 2009
I hope you went right back to the oil shop and told them they left the plug out. I would hold them liable, you cooked your engine, It might come round, but it won't be right. The next thing to go, if it ever runs again will be the head gaskets, and it will keep on getting worse. Take them to court if you have to.
Posted on Jun 25, 2010
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