Report: Valve Cover Gaskets May Leak Oil
Toyota Camry Problem
Engines Affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
Average Mileage: 140,432 mi (30,000 mi - 280,667 mi)
The valve cover gaskets have a tendency to leak oil, especially the one near the firewall.
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Camry, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 175,000 mi
Just changed the Valve Cover gasket and within 2 days it was leaking again. Retorqued oit and it may even be leaking worse.
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Camry, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 188,000 mi
Valve Cover Gasket Leaked oil. Replaced gasket.
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, 75,500 mi
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?
Visitor, 1995 Toyota Camry, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 74,787 mi
Car runs great but the oil smell occasionally comes into the vehicle.
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, 40,000 mi
Cover near firewall. Firestone mechanic mis-diagnosed as power steering hose and pump problem.
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, 112,000 mi
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Camry, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 181,000 mi
Valve cover gasket leaked due to hardening through age and heat. Firewall side of valve cover had the most prominent leak.
Visitor, 1999 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, 185,000 mi
Smelled something burning. Noticed nothing wrong with the cars drivability. Took to mechanic and they showed me where the oil was leaking from the rear bank onto the manifold and burning which is why i saw no oil in the driveway.
Visitor, 2000 Toyota Camry, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 190,000 mi
I smelled oil burning for a few weeks but I could not see an obvious cause when looking in the engine bay. Then after about 2 months there was oil dripping from the engine bay area onto the ground. I traced it back to the firewall side of the engine. There were pools of oil on the exhaust manifold. It appears that oil is leaking out of the valve cover, but I still need to get a professional to verify.
The valve gasket started leaking down the steering rack, the car was going good, so i just left it like that. About 2 month later the steering started playing up, i did not know what happened so i took it to a mechanic and he told me that because the valve gasket was leaking on the steering rack it made the bushing soft and now the whole steering rack is moving as you turn your steering wheel.Dont change the steering rack just change the bushing which will cost about $70.00. The mechanic told me i had to change the rack which he quoted was 675.00 but i found out it was about 550.00, so i did the bushings myself, its bit awkward because of not much room there,but once you take the steering out and do the bushing outside and put it back on again its much easier. Good Luck snd there is another problem with those cars is the back seal goes very quick so i am selling mine now.