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: 142,711 (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
16 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
129 people reported this problem
67 people shared problem details
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.
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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?
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1996 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder136,000
Dripping oil, smell of oil when car is stopped after driving.
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1997 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder188,000
Valve Cover Gasket Leaked oil. Replaced gasket.
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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.
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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..
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1995 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder74,787
Car runs great but the oil smell occasionally comes into the vehicle.
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1996 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V640,000
Cover near firewall. Firestone mechanic mis-diagnosed as power steering hose and pump problem.
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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.
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1994 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V6170,000
burning oil smell, leaking valve cover gaskets.
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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.
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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
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2002 Toyota Camry- 2.0L 4 Cylinder141,300
I recently noticed that smoke was coming from the hood while stopped at a light. I brought it to a repair shop and they showed me the crack in the rotten gasket and put a new cover on it. I hope that fixes that problem. But there are other more pressing issues: the check engine light that keeps coming on!
2002 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V690,000
Valve cover gaskets replaced twice. At 115k miles it's still leaking!!!
1991 Toyota Camry- 2.5L V6118,000
Began as a hot oil smell and vapor from left rear side of hood after stopping. I have noticed oil pooling on the transmission? between the engine and firewall. Finger checks along the valve cover closest to the firewall found no oil. The exhaust covers was also devoid of oil residue. I have tried a bottle of Stop Leak recently with no change as yet. I haven't been under the car for an inspection.
2005 Toyota Camry- 2.4L 4 Cylinder143,370
Close to my 5k oil change interval the engine started running a little ragged, especially on startup for a couple days. Then the oil light started flickering so I checked it and there was nothing on the dipstick! I hope it wasn't too low for too long and I'm not sure when the light is finally supposed to warn you of low oil. I put in two quarts and it still was only on the very tip of the stick so I threw in another quart and had the oil changed fully the next day. The shop says it's at least the valve cover gasket leak but after that fix we'll watch it to see if any other areas are leaking. I'm going to replace the gasket on my own since the part is only $16 online and the dealer wanted $200 to do it...
2003 Toyota Camry- 2.4L 4 Cylinder253,000
leaking oil and a burning smell of oil
1991 Toyota Camry- 2.5L V6
We had the spark plugs changed and the rear valve cover gasket as well when we bought the car. The smoking problem was then cleared up.
1996 Toyota Camry- 3.0L V6
Rear valve cover gasket leaking. Replaced
1994 Toyota Camry- 2.2L 4 Cylinder237,700
pretty decent leak all the way around but by no means a 'oil burner'. just pulled the part from a salvage yard, installed it myself and its perfect.
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