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2002 Toyota Sienna Engine Light flashing, fluid under hood


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d_clause40
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Jan 1, 2016, 3:19 PM

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I have a 2002 Toyota Sienna 3.0L V6 4 cam with 140,000 Miles on it.

The vehicle has been burning oil so I've been having to add oil to it, about a quart every 300 miles but had otherwise been running fine. The other night I was on the freeway and the check engine light started flashing, I pulled over and found that the oil level was a little over ( I overfilled it but had read that it wouldn't be too bad) but there is fluid on the engine and it looks like a line of fluid sprayed on the hood.

I had the vehicle towed home, I started it up and the engine seems really bogged down. I am not very technically inclined but I'm thinking there might be a problem with a hose but I couldn't find anything with visual inspection. Would really appreciate some advice.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 1, 2016, 3:55 PM

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Re: 2002 Toyota Sienna Engine Light flashing, fluid under hood Sign In

Has it been leaking oil or burning it?
Either was 300 miles / quart is real trouble for an engine and if you've owned it since it was fine why did you wait at all to find out the source?
Take a paper towel and see if tail pipe is a mess very damning for the engine so worn no doubt no emission controls are going to take that so it probably has run like crap much to long.
I'd find out what a salvage value is of the thing and think about giving up on. NO harm to have it inspected to be sure but probably game over for this vehicle,


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Hammer Time
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Jan 1, 2016, 4:30 PM

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Re: 2002 Toyota Sienna Engine Light flashing, fluid under hood Sign In

I don't think the oil level had anything to do with the check engine light flashing. That only happens when the engine has a severe misfire. Now that fluid could have been coolant and that could have gotten into the plugs but that is just speculation. It needs to be checked by a professional.



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