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Toyota Camry Valve Cover Gaskets May Leak Oil

Toyota Camry Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009

Engines Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L V6, 3.0L V6, 3.3L V6

Average Mileage: 142,451 mi (30,000 mi - 280,667 mi)


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

  • , , 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.

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  • , , 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?

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  • , , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 136,000 mi

    Dripping oil, smell of oil when car is stopped after driving.

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  • , , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 188,000 mi

    Valve Cover Gasket Leaked oil. Replaced gasket.

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  • , , 2.5L V6, 197,000 mi

    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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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 135,000 mi

    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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  • , , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 74,787 mi

    Car runs great but the oil smell occasionally comes into the vehicle.

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 40,000 mi

    Cover near firewall. Firestone mechanic mis-diagnosed as power steering hose and pump problem.

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 170,000 mi

    burning oil smell, leaking valve cover gaskets.

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 65,000 mi

    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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