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ethelbertmagnus
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2022 3:32    Post subject: Need your opinion Reply with quote

Daughter drives a 2002 Toyota Corolla. Engine is notorious for burning oil due to its seals. Have to put oil in the car occasionally.
She drove the car home and heard engine noise, got off the fwy and car died. Long story short, I checked the oil and it was pretty much empty causing the knocking. I put oil and Lucas Oil additive in it. Knocking went away, so I thought....rev the engine and knocking happens. Talked to a mechanic friend and he said that it is most likely the pinion which is worn and busted due to no oil/lubicant.

This is my question. What would you do? He says, new engine (used one) or donate it. This car sells for around $3000-$3995 when running properly.

Suggestions?

Thanks all!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2022 11:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it economical to fix?  Have you had a look to see hoe much a replacement engine is and how much labour to have it installed?

Personally I dont think I'd bother for a 20 year old corolla.
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Tractionman
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2022 15:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree Karl.

Opinions in this case could apply to engines in general, but for any in depth info on a Corolla, the op might be better off on that forum.
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