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I am leaking oil on the engine side closes to the firewall can see it or find it

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You don't say what engine, but I'd assume a 4-cyl. It is almost certainly the cam cover gasket seal leaking, which is so common it is a Camry standard. This is true also of the 6-cyl. When replacing it I'd recommend genuine Toyota parts, since the generic parts don't last.

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    Kenny Perez Jan 16, 2013

    My bad, I apologize. Your right its a 4cly. When you say Cam cover gasket, meaning valve cover. If so I replaced that. Is there anything on that side of the engine that will cause an oil leak. I was thinking taking off the intake manifold and checking. But Id check that cam cover gasket, corrct me if am wrong, cam seals. I had that problem on mazda protege changed the front main seal thought it was leaking only to find out it was the cam seals, which its my first to replace a cam seal. Well Thanks for the info,

  • Geoffrey White
    Geoffrey White Jan 17, 2013

    Yes, cam cover, valve cover, allsame bwana. The "camshaft seals" are just half moon plugs on the same plane as the gasket. I'd best add that if the rings are worn, that area will experience increased pressure, which can force oil out past the gaskets. Another spot to check is the distributor o-ring seal. This is a characteristic Camry leak, and it can run down the back of the engine. It appears first on top of the transmission.

  • Kenny Perez
    Kenny Perez Jan 21, 2013

    I took a closer looked with the engine running and I believe I found the problem. The oild leak is coming from the inspection plate, so if am not listaken the rear main seal leaking.



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