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2008 Camry overheating, mechanic says $11,000


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Netmastr32
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Nov 28, 2023, 9:05 AM

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Can low compression cause a 2008 Camry to overheat? No oil in radiator and no water in oil. We have a local repair shop which replaced the radiator and the car overheated again and blew a hose. Now they are saying that the overheating is caused by low compression and the car needs a new engine and it will cost $11,000.


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Hammer Time
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Nov 28, 2023, 9:14 AM

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It's not the low compression causing the overheating. The low compression is an indication of a head gasket issue which would introduce hot cylinder gasses into the cooling system which would be the overheating cause.



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Netmastr32
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Nov 28, 2023, 9:20 AM

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I do understand that. It’s my daughters car and I drove it for two days and what I saw was an error code that said the temperature sensor was bad voltage and it would heat up but then it seemed like the thermostat would pop open and temperature would go to normal. I drove her car to work one day And that happened when I first got in the car car to go to work and when I got in the car to come home. The car did not rise temperature at all after it seemed like the thermostat opened up and I have a 45 minute drive to and from work. That is why I don’t think it’s the compression.


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Nov 28, 2023, 9:30 AM

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I agree the car needs further testing before condemning the engine but if the cooling system is getting air/gas pockets it will be very deceiving to the temperature gauge because the sensor is engineered to measure coolant temp but if it hits air instead, it will not read properly.

If you think the T-stat has issues, go ahead and change it but I doubt it will help you and may create even more air pockets.



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Netmastr32
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Nov 28, 2023, 9:52 AM

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Sorry, the main reason I’m checking is because the car overheated after the radiator replacement. She brought it back to them twice before I drove it. We then brought it back to them, telling them that it looks like the thermostat and the temperature sensor was getting low-voltage. I found out from my daughter when I went to give her a ride after the radiator hose burst. that all they did when we brought it back to them was to clear the codes and they told her to bring it back if it happened again. And now they are saying low compression and $11,000 cost.

I want to thank you for all your information. I think I may go buy a thermostat and a hose and put them in in their parking lot. Fill up the radiator and drive it home.


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Nov 28, 2023, 9:57 AM

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Filling the cooling system could be much more involved than you are expecting. It's tough to get all the air pockets out of the system.

What you aren't realizing is the radiator failure is the likely cause of the engine damage. It only takes one severe overheating to do permanent damage to the engine. These aluminum engine do not handle heat well.



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