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: 142,830 (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
20 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
155 people reported this problem
80 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?
1996 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder136,000
Dripping oil, smell of oil when car is stopped after driving.
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..
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
1996 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V640,000
Cover near firewall. Firestone mechanic mis-diagnosed as power steering hose and pump problem.
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.
2000 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder102,000
burning smell when turned off
2007 Toyota Camry- 2.4L 4 Cylinder
oil seems to be leaking onto the engine and intake manifold
1994 Toyota Camry120,000
(3.0L V6) I had this problem for a while i guess now after a mechanic show me :). I replaced it myself it wasn't really that hard to replace. (I'm a little mechanically inclined) You would have to remove your air box, throttle body, intake manifold, electrical harness, and spark plug wires. (P.S I would advise you change your spark plugs & PVC valve while your back there). Slowly place the valve cover back on as the new gasket might come out of the grooves. (It happened to me and there was a shit load of oil in my parents garage lol. I cleaned it with Purple Power.) This might possibly fix your P0135 DTC code. Dont quote me.
2003 Toyota Camry- 2.0L 4 Cylinder144,292
oil leak on passenger side of engine
2001 Toyota Camry- 2.5L V6107,000
Oil smell occasional, a faint puff of smoke. Checked oil level .... No loss. Inspected engine noticed leaking around valve cover gasket. Came here to see if this was a common problem ..... YUP!
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