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My daughter was driving her 1999 Corolla in 2nd gear at

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My daughter was driving her 1999 Corolla in 2nd gear at highway speed and the car shut off. When I arrived it would not start. The car was towed to a mechanic and he said that she ruined the bottom of the engine. Why didn't the rev-limiter save the engine?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 1 year ago.

Hello, thanks for posting

It sounds like the engine ran out of oil oil was very low on oil in order for this to happen, most likely the main and connecting rod bearings seized. This can happen at lower engine speeds of around 2500 rpm which is about right at freeway speeds of about 70 mph. So assuming that she was going at about that speed a rev limiter would not help the lack of lubrication, I'm not even sure this model has a rev limiter but the computer is designed to turn the fuel injectors off at around 105 mph.

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