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pledge

pledge 4/2/2012

2006 Scion tC Base 4 Cyl 2.4L

Engine

What's wrong with my car?

Over-heating problems.
Screeching at start up.
Loss of acceleration and more play with the pedals.
Eventually lead to a break down with white smoke and a loss of engine oil.
The oil drip pan light was lit.

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frankiedonnn

frankiedonnn 4/20/2013

Smoke from the exhaust and loss of engine oil means that the piston rings needs to be replaced.

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frankiedonnn

frankiedonnn 4/20/2013

In other words it's burning the oil.This can cause other symptoms.

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Jimm

Jimm 4/21/2013

Several possibilities; faulty / worn cylinder head gasket, leaking radiator hoses, leaking radiator - to cause the loss of fluid and the overheating condition.
Before spending any money for repairs, have these two (2) tests performed to determine the engine sealing and pumping ability; compression test and cylinder leakdown test. If the piston rings are worn, then you may have low compression readings in all four cylinders - for example. There may be the condition of the engine cylinder head gasket is leaking or ruptured - there may not be anything wrong with the piston rings at all - but you must determine the engine sealing integrity with these two tests.

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