Hi Knowledgeable car folk!
I have this problem that someone else has recorded here on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18d1uiiKkzI
This sounds like an expense repair and a problem that can only get worse over time. My mechanic thinks I should sell the car while the problem is intermittent rather than pay probably at least $5000 to get it fixed. It seems to be the problem in Toyota TSB 0094-09 but the dealer wont fix it because it is out of warranty. Id appreciate any advice here. I love the car otherwise…
I bought this car used with 90K miles from a Toyota dealer and it had a problem within weeks after I brought it - an oil leak from the timing cover which involved taking the engine out to repair, which they did and the noise seemed to start after that which would confirm the problem in the TSB but they wont take responsibility for fixing it as its a known problem I guess so it could have just happened anyway.
One of the posts on youtube said:
"Wife’s RAV4 w/ the V6 had been doing the same thing for years. She took it to dealer, who told her everything was OK. Last weekend @ 101k mi, the intake cam gear exploded and took out the timing cover, valve cover, and threw metal shrapnel into the oil. "
Eek - if that’s going to happen, I want to sell or trade in the car first.
Please help - I would be so grateful for any advice…