Oil Leak on 1999 Toyota Camry

I have an oil leak and have already replaced the oil pan gasket, yet something is still leaking. I took it to the dealership and was told the engine needs to be replaced (the rods have not gone through the pan yet). One mechanic told me he could replace the master cylinder, but wasn't sure if this would fix the problem or not. Does anyone know where the leak could be coming from and should I just replace the engine or just sell the car for what I can get? It has about 215,000 miles on it? HELP??????? Thanks!

by in Greensboro, NC on September 29, 2009
2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on September 29, 2009
The source of the oil leak needs to be determined. Replace the engine or the master cylinder? These are two very different items. What did the Dealership say was the reason the engine needed replacement? What is leaking?
COMMENT by on September 30, 2009
Thanks for your response! The dealership knew the oil pan gasket was leaking when I took it to them to be fixed. All they told me was there was no need to fix it because the engine needed to be replaced. They said the rods were shot but they had not come through the pan yet and I could drive it until it did. They did tell me it wasn't worth replacing because they would charge $4,000 to fix it. The mechanic told me after he fixed the oil pan gasket that it was still leaking. Thanks!
ANSWER by on November 13, 2012
Just took my 4 cyl 1999 Camry to the shop for an oil leak. Expansion plug leak. They explained when the toyota engine changed from a distributor ignititon system to an electronic system they simply plugged the hole in the engine block where the distributor was with an expansion plug. After so many years of engine heating and cooling cycles the plug breaks down and starts leaking. Costs $11.50 for the plug and an hour of labor to replace it due to having to remove a few things to get at it and then replace them. I thought it was the valve cover leaking but it was the expansion plug.
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