92 6 Cyl Camry - oil leaks in used engine

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Old 26 Apr 2005, 12:07 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 92 6 Cyl Camry - oil leaks in used engine

I've got a 6cyl '92 Camry LE. I had about 235,000 on original engine
till something gave loose and poof - that was end of that engine.
Bought a used engine for around $1400 which supposedly had 95,000 on
it. Runs fine, but has some oil leaks. My local mechanic said the
bigger leak was coming from around the distributor and the smaller
leak was from the timing belt area. They recommended that I take it a
local engine repair shop and have them check it out. Recently I drove
it about 1000 miles just here and there (short trips) and it used
about 1/2 quart of oil. Then I drove it on a highway trip of about
350 miles and it used the rest of that quart. Coming back home on the
350 mile return trip, it only seemed to use about 1/4 qt. Not sure
what this means. I don't see oil leaks in the driveway.

What should I be aware of when I go to engine shop? What sort of
action would you recommend? Replace these particular seals - replace
all seals, ??? Replace timing belt since I don't know if it has ever
been replaced? Trying not to drop a fortune in the car (car is in
good shape) as I don't want it to become a financial sinkhole.

Thought perhaps someone here could offer some advice.

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