I have a really strange problem, and now after reading some things about the oil light, kinda afraid to drive my car, lol.
Here’s a bit of background on the car itself:
It’s a 2003 corolla, 180k miles, and was sitting an entire year on the Edgewater New Jersey waterfront, through Hurricane Irene. No evidence of flood or any major mechanical issue.
About a month ago, I replaced my battery, and did an oil change.
After the oil change, I started getting a few random symptoms:
loud ticking sound in my engine
check engine light with code P1349, VVT System (but it’s disappeared since)
oil light on and off, intermittently.
With a bit of research on the error code, people have said to replace the VVT-i actuator. Do you think this solenoid has a large potential as the source of the issue? I purchased one for around $100 from Autozone, but am having a tough time removing it from the engine.
If you think this is the issue, how can I remove the solenoid? Do I just unbolt the one bolt I see on there and yank? Or is there something else I’m missing?
If its not the issue (others say potentially an oil pump) - should I head to the mechanic, or is this something I can check on the weekend myself? If its something I should check, what tools would you suggest I buy?
Thank you very much for the response!