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1994 camry oil leak

Perplexing problem. Oil leaking and appears right under oil filter on a little
metal ledge that juts out below the filter and inch or so, and then below the ledge, down the side of the engine. Does not seem like oil filter itself is leaking. I have wiped it many times and never any fresh oil on it at the seal. There is oil on oil pan down below that seems to occassional drip on the exhaust manifold or front pipe, (not sure of name) that then burns up and smells. Could the pan be leaking and as I drive the force of the air pushes the oil up the side of the engine toward the filter. I took it to my mechanic who changed teh filter thinkin it was the filter but it is still doing this and he said next would be the oil pan seal, but do you think the oil could mover up from the pan towards the filter itself? Could it be the oil cooler or the relief valve I just read about? thanks

barry Dennis

I've tried driving a few miles at a time and then checking it but it seems like there is no evidence of a leak nad then it is there but I can't tell where its coming from. The valve cover gasket? (top one) and the distributor O ring have been changed.

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  • tikgar Nov 08, 2008

    Yes my camary has the same problem and my does not ave the oil cooler attachment as described by toyota ed / it is a blank plate but that does not appear wet,

    it seems to be the join that you described in your description.

  • barryde Nov 09, 2008

    Yes there is a ssilver thing behind the filter with 2 hoses attatched to it. IS this the oil cooler?

    Any additional advice would be appreciated. If it is this and you advise me on what to do or have done could you tell me what would be a reasonable price from a shop to get it done. Thank you so much for y ou assistance. Also any ideal of cost on a 1994 Camry to drop the oil pan and reseal. It may be leaking too.



  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    The oil will not blow up towards the filter at speed.

    Tikgar, where is your oil leak?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Looking at the oil filter on your engine, is there a round, silver thing right behind the filter/on the side of the block? It will have two hoses going into it. Please advise if you have this device for a viable solution.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    how to replace the seals under the oil filter diaphram

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    oil is leaking from under the air filter not sure if it is coming from the manifold or wether there is a oil pump under the caberator



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Before you start removing the oil pan to reseal it, you need to rectify the leak between the oil cooler and the block. Interestingly enough, (in a pinch) the rubber gasket from the (genuine) Toyota oil filter is the same gasket that seals the cooler to the block. Aftermarket filter gaskets will NOT work. Remove the filter, carefully take off the gasket, remove the oil cooler, take off the old rubber gasket, and put the oil filter's gasket onto the cooler, and bolt it all back up. (You should buy this gasket from a dealer) Clean the area real good with cleaner, and THEN check for additional leaks.
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  • Toyota Ed Nov 11, 2008

    You do NOT need to remove the motor; you just have to drop the exhaust.

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Hi Toyota Ed
The silver plate seems to be a blank as there are no oil pipes running into.
The leak seems to be weeping along a secondary sump if that makes sense.
If looking from the bottom you have a black sump that bolts onto a silver alloy cast that then seems to be bolted to the lower engine block this seems to have a flexi seal of sealant ( can feel it where it has seeped out) this is were i think the leak is comming from.
Especially when you stop the motor you can see it seeping out around here, but as you know oil sometimes can travel in weird ways and i will check again around the blank plate that you mentioned.
Would i be able to repair it if it is the main sump/ gasket and do you have to remove the motor?

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