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Toyota Avalon Oil Leak From the Valve Cover Gaskets

Toyota Avalon Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005

Engine Affected: 3.0L V6

Average Mileage: 145,642 mi (14,100 mi - 266,000 mi)


The 6 cylinder engines have a tendency to leak oil from the valve cover gaskets, especially the one near the firewall.

  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 130,000 mi

    It is easily observed with a flashlight that oil is coming out of both valve covers. There is enough oil leaking to drip onto the exhaust and burn as well as leave quarter sized spots where it is parked. The valve cover gaskets will soon be replaced and will most likely solve the problem.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 155,000 mi

    Was told I need to have valve cover gaskets replaced for about $600.00. Is this a fair price in 2013 in Nassau County, LI?

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 245,000 mi

    very bad oil leak. Appears as if the engine is on fire :-(

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 124,000 mi

    vale cover oil leak

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Valve cover gasket leaking oil

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 250,000 mi

    Whenever it rains, or I wash the car and drive it the smoke starts coming from the back of the engine.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 14,100 mi

    Took my car in for an oil change and it started leaking then.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 67,000 mi

    I'm having the same issue with the oil smell. I think $600.00 is a going price to replace the valve cover gaskets. I'm going to examine and possible repair the car myself. If I repair it, I'm going to Jimmy Hayes in Island Park for a nice steak.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 178,000 mi

    Valve cover gaskets leaking. More the front one, but also the rear.

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 160,000 mi

    Oil leaking from valve covers and burnt oil smell in the cabin of the car. I got new gaskets and spark plug tube seals, It is a time consuming job, oddly the Flat rate hour rates seem to be too little to do the job. I did install new spark plugs and checked the valve adjustment. With all the parts removed it is the best time to replace the the spark plugs.

    If the maintenance had been done properly, This would have not been an issue. Valve adjustment should have been done at least 2 times and then the gaskets would have been replaced

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