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Old 18 Mar 2006, 08:15 pm   #1 (permalink)
Georgie#2
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I have a 2000 Camry, 4 cyl., 126,000 miles.

Whenever the car is idling (i.e. not moving) and the fan is blowing
(drawing air from outside, not recirculating), I can smell burned oil
in the passenger's compartment. When the car is moving, the smell goes
away.

The car shows no evidence of an oil leak. That is, it doesn't leak oil
onto the floor of my garage.

Any ideas? I've read PCV gasket leaking, oil cap gasket leaking, valve
cover leaking or bolts are loose, oil pan bolts loose, etc.

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Old 18 Mar 2006, 08:59 pm   #2 (permalink)
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I meant to say - 1999 Camry, not 2000

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Old 18 Mar 2006, 10:19 pm   #3 (permalink)
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An exuast leak, a plastic bag melted on the exuast, a transission leak,
get it looked at.

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Old 19 Mar 2006, 06:18 am   #4 (permalink)
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if you recently did an oil change the oil from the filter drains down onto
the exhaust if you dont let the oil from the pan drain completely before
removing the filter. If you smell burning oil, its leaking or on
something thats getting hot. Take it to a mechanic if this didnt help.

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Old 19 Mar 2006, 09:07 am   #5 (permalink)
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try checking the spark plug boots

if you have a spark arcing to ground inside the spark plug tube, you'll
get a burning smell but won't see anything on the surface

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Old 19 Mar 2006, 05:23 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help.

I have had an oil change recently, but it smelled prior to the oil
change. I did notice what appears to be an old oil spill/stain araound
the oil filter.

I'd hate to take it to a mechanic unless I've tried to repair it myself
first.

Can you power wash the engine (never really done this before)? If so,
how or where could I get it cleaned?

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Old 19 Mar 2006, 05:28 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply.

It really doesn't smell like exhaust. It smells burned oil or
lubricant. I checked around and could not find anything on the exhaust.

The transmission fluid level is also fine. As a matter of fact, I just
changed the transmission fluid today. Though discolored (dirty), it
didn't have a burned smell, which I've read can occur if you don't
change it regularly.

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Old 20 Mar 2006, 04:18 am   #8 (permalink)
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power washing a old engine will uncover existing leaks that were otherwise
hidden up until the cleaning. Check your oil every 500 miles. If you
have to add, and still smell a burning oil smell, I would think you have a
moderate oil leak.

My 91 camry used to eat and leak oil like there was no tomorrow. I use
maxlife 10w30 along with lucas engine treatment and now the leak and
burning are so insignifficant, I sometimes forget they're there.

So next oil change, use max life 10w30 and a full bottle of lucas. Also,
use only toyota oil filters - they truley are the best filters for your
camry.

Hope this helps.

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Old 20 Mar 2006, 05:44 am   #9 (permalink)
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"Georgie#2" <gsoulas@centurytel.net> wrote in message
news:1142810912.497265.41100@i39g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...
> Thanks for the reply.
>
> It really doesn't smell like exhaust. It smells burned oil or
> lubricant. I checked around and could not find anything on the exhaust.
>
> The transmission fluid level is also fine. As a matter of fact, I just
> changed the transmission fluid today. Though discolored (dirty), it
> didn't have a burned smell, which I've read can occur if you don't
> change it regularly.


If it's an oil-leak, its possible its getting onto the exhaust,..that's the
mostlikely culprit. If yoy jack up the front of the car, place 2 stands
under it at the jacking points (for safety), chock the rear wheels,..then
have a *good* look for any oil-residue on the exhaust as it loops under the
engine and goes rearward past the transmission,..you should see the problem.
You may start the engine and look for any telltail smoke coming from
underneath the heat shielding around the exhaust.

Smells eminating from cars can be deceptive. A piece of road-rubbish ie
plastic stuck on the exhaust can smell for months as it slowly burns/melts
off. Then you have engine smells getting into the cabin via leaky firewall
wiring grommets,..also things like brake-piston dustboots touching the disks
and burning, especially on heavy braking will do it as an outsider cause.

Jason



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