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Old 02-27-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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Default 2001 toyota corolla needs a new motor

my mom called me and said her car needs a new motor. her check engine light is on along with the oil light. also it makes a rattling/clicking noise. they said it would be 1200 to replace the motor. Now the mechanic says she can drive the car. but i told her dont take that chance. take it to a mechanic and get a 2nd opinion. now she let the car go too long before changing the oil. so when she finally did get it changed, all of a sudden they checked the oil and there was none there. now they did put some quarts of oil in the car again. i asked my mom if there is an oil leak and she did no.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:55 PM
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Location: San Francisco
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my mom called me and said her car needs a new motor. her check engine light is on along with the oil light. also it makes a rattling/clicking noise. they said it would be 1200 to replace the motor. Now the mechanic says she can drive the car. but i told her dont take that chance. take it to a mechanic and get a 2nd opinion. now she let the car go too long before changing the oil. so when she finally did get it changed, all of a sudden they checked the oil and there was none there. now they did put some quarts of oil in the car again. i asked my mom if there is an oil leak and she did no.
Yeah get a second opinion before doing anything.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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If you can get another engine installed for 1200 that is a good price.. Those cars are well made and unless it has been ragged out it is well worth the fix.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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A 2001 should not be using or burning oil, makes me wonder if they put oil in it the last time it was changed.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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... her check engine light is on along with the oil light. also it makes a rattling/clicking noise.
Oil light = no oil pressure.

Sounds like it's engine time.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:24 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'd get a 2nd opinion but that definitely sounds like it's dead. That price of
$1,200 is amazingly low, I'd be wary. Seems like that would be low even for a wrecking yard engine with labor.
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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My 01 Corolla is going strong with 150K on the ODO; it doesn't burn any oil. How many miles does yours have?
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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A 2001 should not be using or burning oil, makes me wonder if they put oil in it the last time it was changed.
Depending on the engine in question, some of the Toyota engines burn a decent amount (about 2 quarts between each change) without that being abnormal, it's just part of the design.

That said, it might be uncommon for the larger displacement models you get here in the states.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Depending on the engine in question, some of the Toyota engines burn a decent amount (about 2 quarts between each change) without that being abnormal, it's just part of the design.

That said, it might be uncommon for the larger displacement models you get here in the states.
Proof? I know of no Toyota engine, especially one less than 10 years old, that burns 2 quarts of oil every 3k miles.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Proof? I know of no Toyota engine, especially one less than 10 years old, that burns 2 quarts of oil every 3k miles.
I referred to Toyotas recommended oil change interval, which on the engine I thought of is every 9k miles.

This kind of consumption was considered normal on the entire range using the 1,3L block (AF-E EF-E and a few older ones), which I believe ended it's days in 2001.

I know it was also considered normal on certain 1,6L engines.

Considering that, I didn't think it would be too far a stretch to think the same might apply to their bigger engine, but I did specify that that might very well not be the case.
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