Mid-'90's Camry V-6's oil leaks

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Old 13 Nov 2005, 02:40 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mid-'90's Camry V-6's oil leaks

I have been looking at numerous 1992-1996 V-6 Camrys for sale. On a couple
I have noticed oil leaks on the back side of the motor (side next to
firewall) the exact origin of which is difficult to pinpoint without a
light, mirror, or having the car up on a lift. One I looked at leaked bad
enough to have a pretty strong odor in the cab, and when I lifted the hood,
I was greeted by wisps of white smoke.

Anyways, has anybody dealt with this issue? Is it likely to just be a
'valve cover gasket', or are there other, more major issues that could
cause this problem? Getting into the head, etc., on the back side of a V-6
could get spendy, due to inaccesability, etc. Thanks for your help.

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Old 13 Nov 2005, 09:46 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Mid-'90's Camry V-6's oil leaks

My father's 87 had a rear seal go bad pretty early on. Distributor O ring
leaks also common.


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>I have been looking at numerous 1992-1996 V-6 Camrys for sale. On a couple
> I have noticed oil leaks on the back side of the motor (side next to
> firewall) the exact origin of which is difficult to pinpoint without a
> light, mirror, or having the car up on a lift. One I looked at leaked bad
> enough to have a pretty strong odor in the cab, and when I lifted the
> hood,
> I was greeted by wisps of white smoke.
>
> Anyways, has anybody dealt with this issue? Is it likely to just be a
> 'valve cover gasket', or are there other, more major issues that could
> cause this problem? Getting into the head, etc., on the back side of a V-6
> could get spendy, due to inaccesability, etc. Thanks for your help.
>



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Old 14 Nov 2005, 11:37 am   #3 (permalink)
Daniel
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Default Re: Mid-'90's Camry V-6's oil leaks

My guess would be valve cover gasket.
I've got the mid 90's 4 cylinder. Replaced the vavle cover gasket once.
No problem, then couple weeks ago, noticed a tiny bit of seepage again,
and re torqued the hold down nuts which were loose. They had also been
loose the first time I replaced the gasket.

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Old 14 Nov 2005, 01:19 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Mid-'90's Camry V-6's oil leaks

3 possiblities come to my mind. 1. Distributor O ring(cheap) 2. Valve
cover seals(more expensive)3. Rear main seal(my 1990 V6 needed this
most expensive)

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Old 14 Nov 2005, 10:49 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Mid-'90's Camry V-6's oil leaks

try www.auto-rx.com

'96 v6 took care of my rear main seal and valve cover gaskets and power
steering leak
140,000 miles

"billz410" <billzimmerman410@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I have been looking at numerous 1992-1996 V-6 Camrys for sale. On a

couple
> I have noticed oil leaks on the back side of the motor (side next to
> firewall) the exact origin of which is difficult to pinpoint without a
> light, mirror, or having the car up on a lift. One I looked at leaked bad
> enough to have a pretty strong odor in the cab, and when I lifted the

hood,
> I was greeted by wisps of white smoke.
>
> Anyways, has anybody dealt with this issue? Is it likely to just be a
> 'valve cover gasket', or are there other, more major issues that could
> cause this problem? Getting into the head, etc., on the back side of a V-6
> could get spendy, due to inaccesability, etc. Thanks for your help.
>



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