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rebuild engine?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by TylerV, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Mar 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    TylerV [OP] New Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    97 3.4 4x4
    I have a 1997 V6 4x4 Tacoma and during Summer of 2006 I sank it in about 4-5' of muddy water, there was about a foot in the cab. When we got it out of that it need a new timing belt (it slipped off in the mud some how?). After the timing belt was put on it ran fine for about another year. August 2007 I went on vacation for a long weekend and when I got back I had left the cab light on and it needed a jump. I jumped it and drove it up to my house which was 1 mile up the road and parked it. Next morning woke up and went to start my car, NOTHING! The starter would click but it wouldn't turn over, tried and tried had now idea how it would of siezed. We brought it to the same mechanic and he said engine siezed and it would be 1700-2000$ to do an engine swap. Now it has been sitting in my driveway due to no money. Now with summer coming up I want to start working on it but don't know where to start. Is the mechanic right did the engine sieze and I have to rebuild? or could it possible be something else and he was mistaken? its just so weird i drove it 1 mile and it died. It only has 140000 miles on it and it ran fine before this?

    I'm just looking to meet people and try and get some help this summer, and just want some ideas right now to start researching and saving for. So analyze and get back to me haha! And great to meet people who love Tacomas as much as me.
  2. Mar 14, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Roland My other ride has sails

    Jan 8, 2008
    Rhode Island
    06 Impulse Red I4 2WD Access Cab
    UnderCover Tonneau, Bed mat, Bug Deflector, aFe Pro Dry S, Secondary Air Filter removed, Synthetic 5W-30 oil, Scanguage II with blendmount, WeatherTech floorliners, Toyota seat covers, Installed OEM intermittent wipers, TacomaWorld sticker, Defrost without AC mod, Hidden Hitch
    Wow. Too bad about your truck. Ummm. Welcome to TacomaWorld.
  3. Mar 14, 2008 at 5:56 PM
    concrete jedi

    concrete jedi Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    Rochester N.Y
    06 Tacoma 4 door indigo blue
    Broken and scratched tailgate, cracked rear tail light lens, coffee stain in driver seat.
    I don't doubt what the mechanic says, dunking a truck in the water with a hot engine is bad, but it usually dumps the engine then and there, maybe this is the weakening effects of the engine and it's time just came up, you could look at it this way, normal engines would have died immediately, and it took over a year to kill a Toyota engine. I would rebuild it, but you have to treat it like a flood car, you have to build EVERYTHING !! engine & transmission & pumpkins & wiring. I know this is a lot of extra money, but why spend 1700-2000 dollars and a year from now have it start rotting out from under you, i hope this helps.
  4. Mar 14, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    piercedtiger Devout Atheist

    Oct 29, 2007
    First Name:
    Southern Tier, NY
    2015 F150 3.5EB SCEW 6.5ft
    Welcome! Sounds like it's time for a V8! I have a buddy that shoe-horned a Camaro TPI V8 into his Tacoma. I forget the year, but he uses it for mud bogs with 35" Iroq's (sp?) so he uses the extra power.

    Any junkyards nearby you could pull a motor from for less? Or have them pull it for you? I know I have a couple near me, side by side. One is a you-pull, the other will pull it for you.
  5. Aug 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    jmlinne Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    First Name:
    '97 Tacoma 4x4 w/ 5-speed manual and locking hubs, stock for now
    Seems like I would want to pull the plugs and try to turn it over myself manually before launching into a huge repair.

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