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Q: General advice - Camry 2001 - 151,000kms on 2001 Toyota Camry

I apologise in advance for my mechanical ignorance, last Aug my mechanic said belts needed doing as main belt soaked with oil. They said the cam ring was leaking? and used a timing belt/chain kit including a belt v/polyrib to do the service. They claimed the cam seals are contained in the kit. Took it back in last fortnight as smoking under bonnet & had valve cover gasket replaced. While they had the car I had the sump gasket replaced fixing what they had found while doing belts previous Aug. The mechanic came back to me stating the rear engine seal is leaking & quoted $680. I have read your site & no one has said anything about water pumps to me. From my ignorant view if they had the engine partially down doing the belts wouldn't that have been the time to do other seals at the same time? What do you consider good practice as in what ideally should have been done? A massive thank you in advance of your reply
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I agree with first answer! Get another shop/mechanic to check that rear seal, i have my doubts about that!!
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most timing belt kits come with water pump or they are offered at the time of sale. it was STUPID not to repl at that time or at least offer you the option
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