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Crank won't turn 360 degrees into TDC position.


I am not an expert, but I think my "mobile mechanic" is trying to stiff me...
The water pump went down on my 1999 Toyota Camry (4 Cyl). My mechanic told me that the pump, the belt and the tensions had to be replaced. After replacing all, however, he came up with another story. He said that he could not set the crank into a proper position because there is most likely a bent valve bothering to make a complete 360 degrees revolution. He said that it would go 359 degrees only and won't go any further... He proposes to remove the head and rebuilt it completely (for a lot of extra money, of course).

I have read online that my engine is non-interference type of engine, and even if the belt got torn or skipped the timing because of broken water pump, it will not bend or break any of the pistons of valves.

What is the problem when?
Is he lying to me, or he cannot turn it for sure and there could be something in fact bothering to turn the crankshaft?



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  • Anonymous Sep 24, 2008

    i have actually run into the same problem installing my water pump and replacing the timing belt im not sure he was lying. right now the crankshaft will turn through about 355 degrees of motion, problem is the tdc mark is in the 5 degrees i cant get it to rotate to? i have no idea what might cause this but my guess is i have a broken tooth on the fly wheel



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It is very possiable he make a mistake installing the belt and is trying to get you to pay him to repair his fuc.. up, don't fall for it, ask him why there wasn't an issue before he worked on it?? I am not sure about weahter that engine is free wheeling, I know earlier models were not, my own personnel expeariance on friends 4 cyl Camry

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