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2002 Toyota Camry Question: blowing smoke when starting up

 

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germanshorthair, Las Vegas, NV, October 02, 2012, 15:08
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when I start the car after parking for an extended period of time, ie overnight, the car blows white smoke from the exhaust

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    October 02, 2012, 15:30
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    HEY DOG, YOUR VALVE SEALS ARE LEAKING A LITTLE OIL INTO THE CYLS. MINE HAS BEEN DOING THAT FOR OVER A YEAR NOW
    NO PROBEM WITH MINE DOES NOT CONSUME OIL JUST SMOKES A SECOUND AFTER START.
    UP TO YOU IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THE SEALS INSTALLED, I MAY DO MINE ONE DAY.

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    germanshorthair, October 02, 2012, 15:48
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    Thanks for your reply. At this time it's more of an annoyance as my Camry is running great. It appears that the amount of smoke coming out is getting worse. It is now happening when I leave work after parking the car for 8 hours. Can this damage my engine or other areas of my car? A valve job is estimated at $2200. Does this sound right? Another thing..I had a really hard time getting my car smoged this time around. At first we thought it was because the battery was replaced and the computer didn't have enough memory...It really became a nightmare...Eventually my repairman checked the error codes and it passed by a lick and a promise. Any thoughts?

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    pushrod, October 02, 2012, 16:15
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    IF IT GETS TO THE POINT THAT IT SMOKES MORE THAN A FEW SECONDS YOU MAY WANT TO HAVE THE VALVE SEALS REPLACED
    NO NEED FOR A "VALVE JOB" HOW MANY MILES ON THE CAR? MINE IS AT 160,000
    NEXT TIME YOU GET AN OIL CHANGE USE AN OIL LABELED HI MILEAGE AND USE 10W30. THIS HELPED MY 2002 CAMRY
    2.4L ENGINE.

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    germanshorthair, October 02, 2012, 16:20
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    I only have 65000 miles...

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    pushrod, October 02, 2012, 16:36
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    WOW NOW THAT'S A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME. YOU NEED TO SEE A MECHANIC! AS IT MAY BE A MORE SERIOUS PROBLEM.
    WHAT ENGINE? 2002 RIGHT?

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    germanshorthair, October 02, 2012, 16:42
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    2002 4 cylinder 2.4 ..Camry....No other problems...runs great...

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    pushrod, October 02, 2012, 17:00
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    JUST BE SURE IT IS NOT STEAM AS IN COOLANT BURNING THROUGH THE ENGINE. AND KEEP A CLOSE CHECK ON THE FLUIDS.
    BUT TRY THE HIGH MI. OIL AT NEXT SERVICE! IT HAS A SEAL CONDITIONER IN IT.(Q ST. PENN. VALV.) LOTS OF CHOICES.

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    ziptie12, October 03, 2012, 09:37
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    Any thoughts on Marvel Mystery Oil? My wifes' 1995 camry (2.2L) is at almost 294K. But , alas I hear a lot about the newer 4&6 cyl. sludging and smoking especially if they're 'babied' instead of being driven hard.

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    pushrod, October 03, 2012, 14:46
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    M.M.O. CANT HURT BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME! IT EVEN HAS A PLEASANT SMELL. I THINK.
    BUT THE REAL FIX IS VALVE SEAL REPLACMENT!

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    October 03, 2012, 07:04
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    if its blowing white smoke out the tailpipe you might have a head gasket going

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