2005 Camry 2AZ-FE engine
The engine started a little intermittent knocking a few months back. Then started running extremely rough. Shop replaces spark plug wires, engine smoothed out, knocking went away. Knocking came back a few months later.
I was driving on a longer trip, we were 2 hours in. Out of nowhere all power lost to the wheel and engine red-lined (cruise was on). Turned cruise off, engine to idle.
While rolling, shift to N the back to D. Gave gas, engine red-lined, still no power to wheels.
Pulled over, stopped the car, put in R, P, D, N, and so on…no power. Every time I shift I could fell the transmission engage. In R & D at idle, I could feel it slowly creeping. I give it gas, and the creeping stopped and gravity rolled it down hill.
Killed the engine to MAYBE “reset”…something? Engine wouldn’t start. I could hear the started running as if it were detached from the block.
Started ~ 1 year old
Personally checked after event (on the “side of the road”):
Oil level: OK
Transmission fluid: OK
Crank shaft: friend could only get it (belt pulley) to turn a few degrees by hand/wrench.
Needs new engine, timing belt broke or got out of time. Can’t diagnose anything else (transmission) until engine running.
I kind of believe it could be the timing belt issue. Could that be the cause of no power to the wheels?
Or would it more likely be the transmission?
Anyone have any other thoughts?
Thank you in advance. If I wasn’t clear, I will be more than happy to explain in more detail, if possible.