Asked by Sep 09, 2013 at 12:14 PM about the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr SR5 4WD Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My motor went out and I was told that my crankshaft was broken.  Is it better to get it
fixed or get a new motor?  If a new motor, where can I search to buy another motor

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WoW, how did you break a crank in a Toyota, overreved it? It all depends on the current engines condition and mileage, if the crank is broke it could easily damage the journals beyond line boring. If it was me and I wanted to keep it then bite the bullet and buy a reman engine, most auto parts stores can price one for you, if you just want to get it running to get rid of it, then try finding an engine at a salvage yard, or just scrap it out. It's your rig so the choice is yours.

How do you know the crankshaft is broken? Has it had the pan dropped to SEE? tennisshoes is on to something, I have never ever heard of a crankshaft just breaking in a Toyota. Even over reving something else is gonna give


Thanks for the response. I was told that the crankshaft was broken. I left someone drive the truck and he said that is what his mechanic told him and recommended I just get another motor. The truck has 170000 miles on it.

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Please allow me to ask..what does it sound like? I doubt it would even run....And as for rebuilt engines, what engine is it? Drop the oil pan and take a look.


Methinks it's a rod that's making noise and they want to crank kit it, at 170K if the compression was good would be a good idea.

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I agree tennisshoes. I am having real trouble with a crank just breaking. Now a rod..yep.


When trying to crank it the motor would turn over slowly. I will have to get the oil pan dropped.


HMMM possibly have lost oil pressure, bearings spun, yes remove oil pan to verify damage, might remove a few bearing caps too just to look at them but put them back exactly the way they came off. Still thinking crank kit.


I'd call around the salvage yards and find one with reasonable miles on it. When my wife's engine blew up, the Jeep dealer quoted almost $9000 to install a new one. I found a 40K motor in a salvage yard for $2200. It was clean on the outside and the oil looked good. A mechanic swapped it for me for $800 and we were back on the road.

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