1986 Camry Engine Advice

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Old 05 May 2005, 11:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I have an '86 2.0 2SELC Camry with about 159,000 miles. The car ran
great before I parked do to a suspension problem I didn't have the
money to fix at the time. The car was parked roughly 3 years (big
mistake). I have just recently gotten the suspension problem fixed,
put new tires and brakes on, had the old gas flushed out and a new
fuel filter installed and I replaced the plugs. I had just had the
valve seals replaced before the car was parked (which fixed a minor
smoking problem I had). The problem I'm having now is the engine is
running like a beast. Gas is mixing with the oil and it's smoking a
good bit. It will run and get me around town but with little power
and a rough ride. I do need to get a broken motor mount replaced so
that doesn't help. My wife wants me to say goodbye to the car but I
want to exhaust my options first. I'm guessing the rings have dried
out and shrunken. I do know that the gas was like sludge when it was
drained out. I have put several additives in the tank (injector
cleaners and rubbing alcohol) to try to clean the injectors but it
hasn't helped much. Does my engine have a chance of survival? I keep
looking for a cost effective solution short of an engine remanufacture
but I'm not a mechanic. I'm sure I need new spark wires, cap and a
rotor button but I need help on how what else I need to do to get this
running good again.

Thanks!
Matt
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Old 06 May 2005, 06:50 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"fire" <the_rebel@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
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> Hello,
> I have an '86 2.0 2SELC Camry with about 159,000 miles. The car ran
> great before I parked do to a suspension problem I didn't have the
> money to fix at the time. The car was parked roughly 3 years (big
> mistake). I have just recently gotten the suspension problem fixed,
> put new tires and brakes on, had the old gas flushed out and a new
> fuel filter installed and I replaced the plugs. I had just had the
> valve seals replaced before the car was parked (which fixed a minor
> smoking problem I had). The problem I'm having now is the engine is
> running like a beast. Gas is mixing with the oil and it's smoking a
> good bit. It will run and get me around town but with little power
> and a rough ride. I do need to get a broken motor mount replaced so
> that doesn't help. My wife wants me to say goodbye to the car but I
> want to exhaust my options first. I'm guessing the rings have dried
> out and shrunken. I do know that the gas was like sludge when it was
> drained out. I have put several additives in the tank (injector
> cleaners and rubbing alcohol) to try to clean the injectors but it
> hasn't helped much. Does my engine have a chance of survival? I keep
> looking for a cost effective solution short of an engine remanufacture
> but I'm not a mechanic. I'm sure I need new spark wires, cap and a
> rotor button but I need help on how what else I need to do to get this
> running good again.
>
> Thanks!
> Matt


If the engine sat for 3 years,..it sounds like the rings probably rusted to
their respective bores, which means the engine was siezed,...then when you
cranked it the rings broke with possible piston ring-land damage hence the
smoke now.

Get the engine compression tested. If the comps are very low, it will be a
strip down job.

Jason



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Old 08 May 2005, 03:01 pm   #3 (permalink)
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fire wrote:
> Hello,
> I have an '86 2.0 2SELC Camry with about 159,000 miles. The car ran
> great before I parked do to a suspension problem I didn't have the
> money to fix at the time. The car was parked roughly 3 years (big
> mistake). I have just recently gotten the suspension problem fixed,
> put new tires and brakes on, had the old gas flushed out and a new
> fuel filter installed and I replaced the plugs. I had just had the
> valve seals replaced before the car was parked (which fixed a minor
> smoking problem I had). The problem I'm having now is the engine is
> running like a beast. Gas is mixing with the oil and it's smoking a
> good bit. It will run and get me around town but with little power
> and a rough ride. I do need to get a broken motor mount replaced so
> that doesn't help. My wife wants me to say goodbye to the car but I
> want to exhaust my options first. I'm guessing the rings have dried
> out and shrunken. I do know that the gas was like sludge when it was
> drained out. I have put several additives in the tank (injector
> cleaners and rubbing alcohol) to try to clean the injectors but it
> hasn't helped much. Does my engine have a chance of survival? I keep
> looking for a cost effective solution short of an engine remanufacture
> but I'm not a mechanic. I'm sure I need new spark wires, cap and a
> rotor button but I need help on how what else I need to do to get this
> running good again.
>
> Thanks!
> Matt


Sometimes rings will stick to pistons when they sit for extended periods.
You might be able to get them to release by removing spark plugs and pouring
trans fluid into each cylinder and let it sit overnight. Trans fluids have a
lot of cleaners in them that aren't detergents so they are good for this.
There are top engine cleaners that might help also, GM brand is one of the
best. These steps are usually done on an engine that's sat for extended
period before starting because as Jason posted you can break a ring if it's
stuck to a piston when starting. If you can manage to pour trans fluid in
intake with engine running it might unstick a ring also, I've gotten stuck
valves to release this way on carberated engines.
HTH, davidj92


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