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I took my 2007 Camry into the dealer for 85,000 maintenance and they told me that I have a leaking timing cover and they want $954 to repair it. I have not seen oil where I park my car in my garage. J

I would like to know more about this issue. I have never heard of a timing cover leak. I wonder if it will worsen over time and I wonder why I cannot find oil leaking on my garage floor. If it were a minor cost I would probably go ahead with it but now I hesitate on such an expensive repair.

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If your car is 2.4 L 4-cylinder engine, it is relatively easier to remove the timing chain cover and re-apply the RTV Sealant and renew the cranshaft oil seal. If yours is 3.5 V6, the engine and auto gearbox assembly have to be removed from the car in order to have the job done. It is a big job and supposed to be handled by the professional mechanics with sufficient tools. Do not ask small garages to do so. Ask the bigger garages which fully know the 2007 Camry or official dealers for the best repair costs. $954 is too much even for 3.5 V6.

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    It is the result of imporper maintence. Mostly it is due to the break down of engine oil ie. the oil is to dirty and subsequent engine overheat. The leaking just started so you have not seen any trace of oil on the ground. If it does, do not drive since the oil pressure would crack the remain RTV sealant and/or break the cranshaft oil seal on the way.

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    Geoffrey White Nov 20, 2014

    Oops sorry I took you to mean the cam cover on top, apologies for that

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Earlier Camrys almost all suffered this problem, but I have not heard of it so much in later ones. Anyway the dealer is a robber, like most of them. This repair should cost less than half that money depending on where you are, In the US about $150 for a 4-cyl, $280 for a 6-cyl

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Take it to your local garage and ask them to check it out should cost no more than one hours labor.

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