So I've got a 2001 Corolla that I'm working on, my parents bought it for my brother as his first car. It has now been passed down to my youngest sister as her first car. My brother did a number on it to be honest, this is its second motor, first one seized up as he ran it with no oil. Second he blew up I do not know how.
The current motor stopped running on my sister about a week after she got it. She told me that it would burn about 3 quarts a day, she drives about 120 miles a day, as college is about 60 miles one way plus some in town driving.
She also said the car shook violently in park with the foot on the brake at a stop light.
I replaced the variable timing solenoid but my brother ran it with that check engine light on for almost a year (which I'm sure didn't help).
So here is my question... (finally right )
I am already into rebuilding the motor, I have the head off and I'm going to replace the pistons and rings, is there anything else I should replace/look into. Should I look into the torque converter, motor mounts?
Any insight, wisdom, or advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance