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Engine wrecked? Rav wont start.

So my rav (fwd; 1998; 170,000 miles) has been going through a tougher winter than it usually has. I moved to montreal and I park on the streets. Getting in and out of parking spaces is very very difficult when there is snow because I dont have snow tires. So my method of getting out of snowy spots is pedal to the floor forwards, pedal to floor reverse, and repeat until I catch some traction. I feel bad for putting her through this but I always believed in her invisibility... until today when I started my car and started to drive down the road and after about 50 feet the engine just died. Now when I try to start it I just get the classic sputter for however long I turn the key. I got a new battery a few months ago so I do not think that is the issue. Whats wrong with my rav4? Is the engine dunzo? I'll need to move my car for snow plowing in the next few days so I either need to start the car/move it or have it towed.

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My first thought is a failed timing belt. Simply replace and drive again.

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Winter tires with the are mandatory in Montréal (december 15 to march 15), you could have a ticket!
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Winter tires with the are mandatory in Montréal (december 15 to march 15), you could have a ticket!
That would be best case, worse case you kill someone else, a loved one, and/or yourself. Please don't fix her, she is trying to keep you from killing someone!

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Yes I know that winter tires are mandatory, I'm going to save and get them before next winter.
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Also, keep in mind that over-revving a cold (especially Canadian winter cold) engine can be very detrimental to its longevity.

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You need to Goodle some diagnosis videos. Check for spark. Compression etc. If belt has gone then compression figures will be low.
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Its at the toyota shop now. The mechanic said electronics are good and spark plugs are good. No word on compression but he did say that there was fuel and oil in the engine? or something along those lines; atleast not where it should be. They've worked on it for 1.5 hours and said it'll may take another 2-3 to determine the issue. Either the timing belt or they're going to open the engine up. May need a new engine... Labor on top of the towing cost is looking hefty so I don't know if I should continue. Gonna call back in 30 to get an estimate.
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Confirming a timing belt failure takes maybe ten minutes so either they are inept or the engine has a serious problem. That is unless it's an immobilizer keeping it from starting.
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It is a non-interference engine, that is if the timing belt slips or fails it won't wreck the engine, if they told you otherwise go get your car. If funds were an issue you should have found a trusted mom and pop shop to take it to, I couldn't imagine taking a 19 year old car to a dealer for work. You could possibly have found a shop that would let you participate in the repair saving you some bucks and teaching you some mechanic skills. I used to have one in Jacksonville, FL that was like that, there I would send my son and daughter with their vehicles, it was usually a great learning experience.

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