Toyota Camry Problems

Burning Smell Due to Valve Cover Gasket Leak on Toyota Camry

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

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Toyota Camry Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 141,596 (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
22 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
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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?
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..
Just changed the Valve Cover gasket and within 2 days it was leaking again. Retorqued oit and it may even be leaking worse.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Cover near firewall. Firestone mechanic mis-diagnosed as power steering hose and pump problem.
Car is leaking oil under hood. Leak is around the opening part, over top of the spark plugs to the left. A friend said it was some type of flange. I'm not sure.
I had to replace my valve cover gasket three times. There is a crankshaft (half moon seal;there are two of them in a row) on the drivers side. I took both of them off and put rtv sealer on both of them and put them back (torqued them on at 17 foot pounds) and then put the valve cover on and torqued it also. I cleaned up all oil that leaked with a rag and am happy to report that there are no more leaks. I also went to the salvage yard and obtained another (in case my original one was warped) and installed the other valve cover.
I spoke with a mechanic who advised that the half moon seals leaking are a common problem on the 1997-2001 Toyota Camry four cylinder engines.