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Camshaft position sensor broken at the mounting bolt! replaced, no spark now!

(1997 Toyota T100)
in Sebastopol, CA on May 14, 2012
Oil got super duper low because neighborhood garage didn't tighten the filter enough and I didn't check it out until I was under the car changing the crankshaft position sensor.(per the check engine light diagnostic code. The plastic was broken around the bolt holding the sensor in place.
Could the low oil have caused the camshaft to hit the sensor with enough force to break it?
Do I need a new engine? valve job? timing belt is cracked.
120k miles total on truck. I tested the Ignition Control module in a buddy's t-100 so I know that works perfect.
Do I trust a guy that fixes cars or take it to a real mechanic?
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of Greg's Orange Auto on May 14, 2012
on May 14, 2012
Dear Global Helper, 3 wrench master..., What is your best guess?
I am a general contractor going through a severe financial slump and it is so hard to know who to trust.
The real mechanic that didn't tighten my oil filter properly so all my oil leaked out???
or the real mechanic that snapped off two studs changing my wheels and lost two lug nuts because they were either left off or not tightened.???
How do I know who to believe????
of Greg's Orange Auto on May 14, 2012
i would start by going back to the guy that caused this issue and ask him what he can do to help since the problem started with his poor workmanship
on May 15, 2012
Thanks Global helper. I appreciate your suggestions.
I checked with the garage, Neighborhood Auto Repair and they said since the oil change was done on February 13, three months ago, that it was my responsibility to look and see where the oil drips were coming from and replace the oil that leaked out. "If it was only two days ago, it would be a different matter."
They agreed to do a diagnosis if I towed the truck in for $90/hr.
Since the engine is not seized and still turning over, they don't think the problem is related to running out of oil anyway.
A new development...Today, my daughter's boyfriend tightened the bolt holding in the crankshaft position sensor and when I turned over the engine after 6 turns, POWP!!! the cover on the air cleaner box blew off!!!! Scary loud.
I cranked it again with the lid off and saw some faint smoke come up out of the box.
Any idea what it might all mean?
of Greg's Orange Auto on May 15, 2012
sounds like the timing is way off.i hope you didn't cause more damage.set #1 cyl up on compression stroke at the top and see if rotor is pointing at # 1 spark plug wire on dist cap
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