Burning Smell Due to Valve Cover Gasket Leak on Toyota Camry

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

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Average mileage: 143,979 (30,000–280,667)
Engines affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L V6, 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6
18 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
148 people reported this problem
75 people shared problem details
1996 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V675,500
oil leaking around valve cover gaskets. Should they be adjusted. My son has had camry's and has an avalon that did the same thing. He turned the gaskets 1/4 turn and the problem ceased. Also we have been told b a toyota mechanic that this does sometimes happen if you use synthetic oil which we do in all our toyota cars. Do I need to have them replaced or just adjusted?
1997 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder175,000
Just changed the Valve Cover gasket and within 2 days it was leaking again. Retorqued oit and it may even be leaking worse.
2007 Toyota Camry- 2.4L 4 Cylinder135,000
My car burns oil fast n I was told I needed my valve cover gasket replaced. After doing so, I continued to burn oil. I don't have any obvious leaks, so not sure why/where it is coming from..
1996 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder136,000
Dripping oil, smell of oil when car is stopped after driving.
1990 Toyota Camry- 2.5L V6197,000
There's always oil leaking from gasgets;slow leak that sits on engine;not dripping everywhere kind of leak! I also smell oil burnoff when running engine uphill and such thru mountains.
1997 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder188,000
Valve Cover Gasket Leaked oil. Replaced gasket.
2001 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V6181,947
My car's problem is that it emits white smoke every morning or evening when I start the engine. I realized also that the plugs soak almost every three weeks.
1995 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder74,787
Car runs great but the oil smell occasionally comes into the vehicle.
2005 Toyota Camry- 2.4L 4 Cylinder142,000
My oil light has come on after 3000 miles and there was no oil in car. I have not seen any oil leak where I park my car. It happened again last week with no sign of leakage
1996 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V640,000
Cover near firewall. Firestone mechanic mis-diagnosed as power steering hose and pump problem.
2007 Toyota Camry- 2.4L 4 Cylinder65,000
A tire store noted that the valve cover gasket needed replacement. Since, I've checked the engine and found a small amount of oil leaking from the juncture of the valve cover. So it seems that this leak was not corrected. I've taken the car to Toyota and they have never mentioned this even after so-called full services. I don't get it. My prior CAMRY was excellent.
1994 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V6170,000
burning oil smell, leaking valve cover gaskets.
1997 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder99,000
oil leak in two areas, just under engine and transmission toward back of front wheel driver's side, about 2-5 inches wide. Daily for 2 months, oil level on both still indicate Full.
2001 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder144,000
Leaking oil around valve cover
1999 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder260,000
Had the valve cover gasket replaced twice recently.
1991 Toyota Camry- 2.0L 4 Cylinder230,000
Leaking oil very badly, burning smell, no smoke.
1998 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder132,000
Burning smell
1996 Toyota Camry- 2.0L 4 Cylinder150,000
Leaking oil around Valve cover gasket. Plan is to change gasket, and half moon seals, and spark plug seals
2008 Toyota Camry- 2.4L 4 Cylinder131,000
Oil cover gasket leak
2003 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder195,000
Slight oil leak spots on driveway
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