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Old 09 Jun 2006, 01:14 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I have a 1996 toyota camry v6. It's 88K miles. It's oil has been
changed every 3k or 4k miles, also oil filter. It's air filter has been
changed too. It's tires also got replaced couple of times. That's all
the service has been done so far. And car runs very well, not problem
so far.

But I have seen some kind of oil drops on the floor 2 weeks ago, only
few drops. Since then, it never drops again. I'm wondering if there is
some problem with it? Should I take it to a gargage? Should I sent to
gargage for maintanance? What kind of maintanance should I ask?Thanks.

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Old 09 Jun 2006, 03:53 pm   #2 (permalink)
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jean wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have a 1996 toyota camry v6. It's 88K miles. It's oil has been
> changed every 3k or 4k miles, also oil filter. It's air filter has been
> changed too. It's tires also got replaced couple of times. That's all
> the service has been done so far. And car runs very well, not problem
> so far.
>
> But I have seen some kind of oil drops on the floor 2 weeks ago, only
> few drops. Since then, it never drops again. I'm wondering if there is
> some problem with it? Should I take it to a gargage? Should I sent to
> gargage for maintanance? What kind of maintanance should I ask?Thanks.

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Common leak sources would be first valve cover gaskets, second
crankshaft and oil pump seals. Valve covers are trickier on the V6
because access to the rear bank is limited.
Actually, there's a list of recommended items when the timing belt and
spark plugs are replaced - which are due now. That would be the logical
time to also replace the gaskets and seals.

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Old 09 Jun 2006, 04:37 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"jean" <jean.shu@gmail.com> wrote:
>I have a 1996 toyota camry v6. It's 88K miles. It's oil has been
>changed every 3k or 4k miles, also oil filter. It's air filter has been
>changed too. It's tires also got replaced couple of times. That's all
>the service has been done so far. And car runs very well, not problem
>so far.
>
>But I have seen some kind of oil drops on the floor 2 weeks ago, only
>few drops. Since then, it never drops again. I'm wondering if there is
>some problem with it? Should I take it to a gargage? Should I sent to
>gargage for maintanance? What kind of maintanance should I ask?Thanks.
>

Had the oil been changed recently? It doesn't take much of a spill to create a
few drops after an oil change.

Personally, unless it starts recurring, I'd let sleeping dogs bury their own
dead.
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Old 10 Jun 2006, 08:25 am   #4 (permalink)
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Are you sure its oil an not AC condensate.

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Old 10 Jun 2006, 02:39 pm   #5 (permalink)
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The rear bank cover gasket, on the passenger side, tends to leak and
makes people think it's their PS pump. Quite a few messages talked
about this. At 88K miles that's probably what's happening.

The valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals should be replaced. As
well as the PCV grommet and valve on the rear cover. While there change
out the spark plugs (I prefer NGK Iridiums).

Yes, the timing belt, drive belts (power steering, alternator/AC), cam
and crank oil seals, idler pulleys and water pump should also be
replaced.

I'd also change out the fuel filter. But there are reports that the
bottom flare nut to the filter could seize (at least on the 4 cyl.s).
I never had a problem with those.

Dealer will probably charge you about $1500 or so for the above, plus
additional $ for the remaining 90K maintenance (oil change, ATF, brake
fluid flush, tire balance rotation, brake inspection, etc). The parts
for the above are ~$300-350.

Ask around for a good independent shop that specializes in Toyotas to
get a quote for comparison.


jean wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have a 1996 toyota camry v6. It's 88K miles. It's oil has been
> changed every 3k or 4k miles, also oil filter. It's air filter has been
> changed too. It's tires also got replaced couple of times. That's all
> the service has been done so far. And car runs very well, not problem
> so far.
>
> But I have seen some kind of oil drops on the floor 2 weeks ago, only
> few drops. Since then, it never drops again. I'm wondering if there is
> some problem with it? Should I take it to a gargage? Should I sent to
> gargage for maintanance? What kind of maintanance should I ask?Thanks.


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Old 15 Jun 2006, 12:38 pm   #6 (permalink)
jean
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Hi,

Thanks for helping me. I took the car to a gargage. They quote me $425
to replace the valve cover gasket. Is valve cover gasket and rear bank
cover gasket the same thing? Does this quote sounds reasonable?

I never notice the oil drop since last time saw it. Will there be big
harm if I don't replace it? I plan to trade in the car when it reach
110k.

johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
> The rear bank cover gasket, on the passenger side, tends to leak and
> makes people think it's their PS pump. Quite a few messages talked
> about this. At 88K miles that's probably what's happening.
>
> The valve cover gasket and spark plug tube seals should be replaced. As
> well as the PCV grommet and valve on the rear cover. While there change
> out the spark plugs (I prefer NGK Iridiums).
>
> Yes, the timing belt, drive belts (power steering, alternator/AC), cam
> and crank oil seals, idler pulleys and water pump should also be
> replaced.
>
> I'd also change out the fuel filter. But there are reports that the
> bottom flare nut to the filter could seize (at least on the 4 cyl.s).
> I never had a problem with those.
>
> Dealer will probably charge you about $1500 or so for the above, plus
> additional $ for the remaining 90K maintenance (oil change, ATF, brake
> fluid flush, tire balance rotation, brake inspection, etc). The parts
> for the above are ~$300-350.
>
> Ask around for a good independent shop that specializes in Toyotas to
> get a quote for comparison.
>
>
> jean wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have a 1996 toyota camry v6. It's 88K miles. It's oil has been
> > changed every 3k or 4k miles, also oil filter. It's air filter has been
> > changed too. It's tires also got replaced couple of times. That's all
> > the service has been done so far. And car runs very well, not problem
> > so far.
> >
> > But I have seen some kind of oil drops on the floor 2 weeks ago, only
> > few drops. Since then, it never drops again. I'm wondering if there is
> > some problem with it? Should I take it to a gargage? Should I sent to
> > gargage for maintanance? What kind of maintanance should I ask?Thanks.


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