2007 Scion tC - What just happened?

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Old 15 Sep 2013, 09:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2007 Scion tC - What just happened?

My 2007 tC has an automatic transmission, if that helps get to the root of the issue. It's currently at the dealership so I can't give any information about codes.

Driving in heavy traffic and the car just stops accelerating. No warning lights. I come to a dead stop, put the car in park, back in gear and it doesn't move, and the engine doesn't rev at all. I start it up again and the engine is idling very rough, no warning lights, put it in gear and it still won't move but now there is a loud clicking from the engine compartment but only when it's in gear. Still no revving. I shut the engine down and start it again - now I have warning lights - oil light is on, battery light, check engine light. Engine stalls. One last try to get it off the road and the starter would crank but the engine doesn't turn over.

It may not be at all pertinent to what's happening today, but about 3 months ago I was driving and a warning light came on. I went immediately to AutoZone where they pulled up a code that showed a cylinder was misfiring. I took it to a dealership that day, the tech started it and the warning light was no longer on. So they looked it over, sent me home, and I haven't had any issues with the car until today.

Any ideas?

The car has approx. 67,000 miles and I have not ever changed the timing belt.

To clarify, this is the original factory engine.
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Old 15 Sep 2013, 09:39 pm   #2 (permalink)
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How many miles on your engine? Have you changed the timing belt yet?

Edit: sorry I was wrong no timing belt on that engine. timing chain, that shoukd be ok.

Hard to tell what else it could be, sorry.
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Old 15 Sep 2013, 09:55 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Why not wait for what the mechanics shall discover in the process of either repairing this engine/transmission? Guessing is of zero value and so are academic discussions as to probable causes. No value at all. Clearly you may have Smartphone Brain Syndrome (SBS) and think that all is available online. Sorry, it does not work that way. Cars are very complex devices that do incredible feats of engineering. The basics as car engine and functions and automatic transmissions car be researched online. Good luck with the car and sorry about your troubles. Most cars die of neglect or abuse or a combination of these factors. Some are engineered incorrectly but in the last 10 years with automation and computerized designs this is rather rare. You shall find out in due course.
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