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Did I ruin my engine? 2012 Toyota Venza


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jenlor99
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Feb 26, 2020, 5:41 PM

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  post locked   Did I ruin my engine? 2012 Toyota Venza  

Close to my 100,000 mile oil change I noticed a knocking noise upon acceleration. Mechanic told me that it was probably low oil level because when they did the oil change, it stopped. It's a 2012 Venza and I've always gotten my oil changed every 5000 miles (conventional oil, not synthetic). Well, at almost 103,000 miles I noticed the knocking sound upon acceleration. I waited until almost 104,000 miles and called the mechanic because the sound got worse. The red oil light flickered once or twice. He told me to immediately get it in. Turns out I had about half a quart. He told me to sell my car because it has excessive oil consumption and oil is contaminating the catalytic chamber. Eventually engine failure. After the oil change I noticed a tapping in the engine. Even when it is in park, it's tapping. He said it could be something that was knocked during the oil change, or maybe the lubrication knocked something, or maybe the noise is near the timing chain, but it would cost to investigate. My question is, because I waited until the oil was so low, could that have caused something in the engine to start failing? Will I have a hard time trading it in? Furthermore, do you think the mechanic should have told me to watch my oil level after the time I reported the knocking noise at 100,000 miles? I know nothing about cars, and frankly I completely forgot that the noise was related to the oil, I kept thinking it was a rattle, like something loose.


(This post was edited by jenlor99 on Feb 26, 2020, 5:44 PM)


Hammer Time
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Feb 26, 2020, 5:51 PM

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Why should your mechanic have to tell you to check your oil level?

That is one of the basic maintenance requirements that all people should know before ever getting behind the wheel of a car.

Of course you have done permanent damage to the engine now and I wouldn't get too far from home with it if I were you.

If you plan on trading it that way, do it soon.

Chock it up to a lesson learned.



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jenlor99
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Feb 26, 2020, 6:08 PM

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Because not everyone knows things like this. Sorry I don't know everything. Now I know. Thanks for being such a snob.


Hammer Time
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Feb 26, 2020, 6:13 PM

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Look smart ass. Checking fluid levels are what every teenager learns before he gets a driver's license so if you don't know enough to check your own oil, you shouldn't be driving.

Now your sarcastic response here has sent you to some other forum. We don't put up with that.



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