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We have a 1997 toyota camry, my daughter has been driving it and was checking the wrong dip stick, hense the engine needed to be rebuilt due to running w/ no oil. the mechanic replaced the seals, pt head set, bottom gasket set, head belt set, oil filter, oil, antifreeze, thermastat, gasket, can rod bearing, main bearing set, piston w/ conn. rods, Recond.Head, used crankshot, and oil pan. The car now runs through 1 quart of oil every day or E.O.D. and also power steering fluid every few days. He never replaced the serpentine belt which broke on her and got her stranded. Shouldnt that have been replaced or at least noticed that it was breaking? What would cause the car to be running through those two things? (oil and power steering fluid)

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I would think that the shop would have seen a problem with the belt, but you never know. You might think of that when you consider the oil use, my best guess is that whom ever rebuilt the engine installed the piston rings up side down. That would make it use the oil. The power steering fluid must be leaking and could be many things but sense you just had the engine out I would look around the lines were they attach to the pump, also some times there will be some oil use after an overhaul until the piston rings seat but this seams like to much oil use for that better go have a long talk with your shop...

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Go back to mechanic and tell him your problem. i cant see how he missed the belt. besides, i think they did a bad job on engine. if they did it right it would not be useing oil in the first place. i know from experience that some garages want $$$$, and thats it. i think they messed up!!

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