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Old 08-03-2008, 06:20 PM
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Default Bad news. I just had a major engine failure of some kind

I was all loaded up with the family and the pop-up Friday on the way to a 5 day camp trip. My Mom was already waiting for us in a campground near Westcliff. Coming into Colo. Springs something let loose in the engine. It sounded like something was hitting the fan blade or something when I stepped on the gas. I pulled over near a gas station promtly. I could see an occasional puff of smoke coming from the front top passenger side of the engine which was also the area of the bad sound. The engine oil level was fine, although I could see some past oil seepage coming from the oil filler cap. Belts and pulleys and everything else visible looked fine and tight so I'm not sure what it is. I called Oleg and he helped me troubleshoot a few things and heard the sound over the phone and agreed it's a major problem.

I upgraded our AAA membership over the phone for 100.00 and had it towed to Oleg's shop (100 miles of towing for free). I had my Springs friend Dan pick the popup and us up. We spent the night at my brothers house also in the Springs. I was able to contact my Mom via cell ph. at the campground. They packed up their 36' RV and met us in the Springs. We were able to have them my take us and the popup back home Saturday. Their large moterhome with the popup in tow was an interesting sight.

So I felt fortunate we were able to get the Runner to Oleg's and all of us and the popup home safely. I hate to think the problems I would have had to deal with if this would have happened in a remote area on the western slope, which is where we were heading after Westcliff. Or on top of Red Cone or something.

Oleg will have to tear into it Monday to see what's going on. I just don't get it. I maintain my Runner real well and had Oleg change the timing belt and water pump at 90k.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:27 PM
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Sorry to hear about that Scott. Your right you where lucky to not be in the woods and to have a good network to help you.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:22 PM
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Bummer Scott. At least it's in good hands with Oleg.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:30 PM
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Major bummer dude! Hopefully it sounds worse than it actually is! Oleg will take care of you!
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:40 PM
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Toyotas know when to go - they seem to hand on until at least you are in a safe environment. Sorry to hear about the problem, really hope it's just something stupid that ruined a weekend trip and not something that's going to cost lots of $$.
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Here's hoping it's a PS pump and not a rod!!!

Bummer, Scott. Let us know what it is.





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Sorry to hear that Scott. Glad to hear you got it safely to Oleg's... hope it is something simple ....
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My V6 with only 110k has let me down big time. I am so bummed out, I thought my Runner had many more dependable miles on it. WTF!!
Sorry to hear about the problem Scott...Glad to hear however that it happened in at least a good location (relatively speaking)


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I upgraded our AAA membership over the phone for 100.00 and had it towed to Oleg's shop (100 miles of towing for free).
We need to start a member's only AAA membership listing . With AAA Plus you get the "up to" 100 miles of free towing. Also, unless things have changed again, the 'new' rules state that you don't have to own the car being towed anymore...I know my membership has paid off several times but not since I've gone to all Toyota vehicles (knock on wood). The last time I used AAA was to have my Durango towed back to Denver from just outside Buena Vista/Johnson Corner. Mileage was just over 100 miles and the driver was really great considering he just spent about 2 hours bringing us to Denver only to turn around and spend 2 hours getting home (more since IIRC he came out of Fairplay ).
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Sorry to hear it, Scott. Here's hoping it's a simple fix.
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Bummer, here's to something relatively simple.
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