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Old 01 Nov 2004, 11:51 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 88 Camry with an 3SFE 4 Cylinder engine. 184,000 miles, purred like a kitten, and excelerated like a new car. Average mileage was 29-30 mpg and did not burn a drop of oil. Unfortunately, I took it to a body shop to get some rust removed and fresh paint. This was done, but there were some problems with the paint [MAACO shop in Brooklyn] so I took it back to get them fixed. I received a telephone call at home two days later to say the car would not run. The paint shop owner stated they tried to crank the car and it sounded like the starter would not engage.

Never having had any major trouble, I had it check by a reputable mechanic who told me the engine had seized. How could this happen?? The valve cover and pan were removed: the oil was clean [I had it changed recently] and there was no sign of internal overheating. I was shocked to see how clean the engine was and how "new" the metal looked. However, the engine could not be turned by hand through a complete revolution. Any ideas?

I honestly think someone screwed me here.

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Old 02 Nov 2004, 06:07 am   #2 (permalink)
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"George and Jurate" <jjandgj@optonline.net> wrote in message news:_fFhd.8521$6z2.4652886@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.ne t...
I have an 88 Camry with an 3SFE 4 Cylinder engine. 184,000 miles, purred like a kitten, and excelerated like a new car. Average mileage was 29-30 mpg and did not burn a drop of oil. Unfortunately, I took it to a body shop to get some rust removed and fresh paint. This was done, but there were some problems with the paint [MAACO shop in Brooklyn] so I took it back to get them fixed. I received a telephone call at home two days later to say the car would not run. The paint shop owner stated they tried to crank the car and it sounded like the starter would not engage.

Never having had any major trouble, I had it check by a reputable mechanic who told me the engine had seized. How could this happen?? The valve cover and pan were removed: the oil was clean [I had it changed recently] and there was no sign of internal overheating. I was shocked to see how clean the engine was and how "new" the metal looked. However, the engine could not be turned by hand through a complete revolution. Any ideas?

I honestly think someone screwed me here.

Astrange one to be sure,....while its possible the engine failed while it was in the shop, its not likely. For the engine to lock-up at one particula point in a revolution, it should be possible to source the broken part while the sump was off etc.

These engines aren't supposed to be valve-piston interference,..so a jumped tooth/s on the cam belt should not cause a lock-up..

Maybe the battery is tired?!! Then again you'd think the mechy would have cleared that possibility...

Have you tried starting it in neutral rather than park (assuming its automatic)


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Old 02 Nov 2004, 06:26 am   #3 (permalink)
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Are you sure it siezed, a breaker bar on the crank with the plugs out
may get it to turn. Are you sure there was oil in it, Many mistakes
happen , mechanics changing oil make mistakes. Be sure it wont turn by
hand first. Or Bad starter, circuit, battery etc.

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