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2002 camry Hi , I have a 02 camry 4 cylinder, 2.4l. engine .Recently, I have been seeing a pop of gray smoke cominng out of the exhaust pipe in the morning when I start the engine.Please advise what is the cause of the gray smoke. THANK YOU !!!

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  • Anonymous Jun 12, 2008

    I have 1998 Camry, when I am starting it in the morning white smog comes out

  • lb52nav Aug 23, 2008

    I have the same smoke problem, on start-up, on my 2002 Camry XLE V6 (80K mi.). My mechanic replaced the PCV valve, first with a NAPA valve, then a Toyota part but neither solved the problem. They checked the NAPAfix site and there was a 10/5/2007 post that indicates there is "an updated rear valve cover available" to cure oil smoke on start-up -- the pcv galley has been redesigned. I also note on the print out that Toyota has done some extended warranty things in recognition of an "oil sludging problem". Has anyone cured this problem - how and at what cost?

  • thomasplmcst Sep 13, 2008

    I also have a 02 camry that started smoking when started after it has sat overnight in the garage and also after it has sat a t work during the day i have noticed more smoke lately but no other signs of anything else being wrong I know there is an advisory that was put out from toyota of a smoke problem on start up on the 02 camrys a mechanic has told me it is the valve stem seals or valve guide seals but he has not actually looked a the vehicle I know this is a min $1,000 repair can it wait

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  • jeannia13 Oct 30, 2008

    I had the same diagnosed as Valve stem seal problem and quoted a $2000 price tag. So I did a lot of research and contacted Toyota USA who in turn referred me to my local dealer to cover. After discussing the problem and insisting that the issue should not have happened at 70k miles. They covered the problem at no charge. However, now I have an oil leak which they determined is a leak in the front engine cover and are saying this is not a direct connection to the work they did previously. Can someone tell me if the front engine cover has to come off when replacing the Valve Stem Seals? I looked for a diagram and it appears that they would have had to remove that part of the engine cover in order to get to the valves...but I'm no mechanic and would like confirmation. Thanks!

  • auto440 Dec 13, 2008

    i have the same problem...2001 camry smoke first thing in the morning and long idle time..very annoying..

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Blue smoke out exhaust when I start engine

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    2002 Camry blue exhaust when you first start the motor up in the morning



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It sounds like your valve seals are getting old and are leaking oil into your pistons.As long as it is not using a lot of oil or fouling your spark plugs drive the heck out of it and look the other way when you first crank it up in the morning.
One other problem that will cause this is a cracked head or a leaking head gasket which is getting water on your pistons overnight. Watch for #1 low antifreeze in your radiator #2 higher than normal engine temperatures. This could be a serious problem that could cause expensive damage to your engine if not corrected.

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    Robert Lloyd Dec 29, 2013

    its on a 4.6 litre range rover p38

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    Robert Lloyd Dec 29, 2013

    its a water pump area leak guys thanks


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Hi. This is a typical valve seal problem. THe car will still run perfectly, but it will discreetely start to burn some engine oil if not corrected asap and gradually it will become a bigger problem than it actually is. I suggest to check oil level frequently and add as needed until you get the time to repair it This repair should not take longer than a day

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I have the same issue with my Camry 2002 LE 4 cylinder currently has had this problem from 90000km to currently 190000km. There are so many other Camry 2002 owners posting the same issue for their cars. I have always serviced my car at Toyota and it should be Toyota who should own this problem.

Posted on Sep 08, 2012

I think its beacuse the car is cold

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    Robert Lloyd Dec 29, 2013

    ive run it for a while until heater warms up still no joy water keeps coming out but cant see where from

  • Robert Lloyd
    Robert Lloyd Dec 29, 2013

    maybe its the gasket even though i did good clean job that bloody leak wont stop until engines off

  • Robert Lloyd
    Robert Lloyd Dec 29, 2013

    ive got no smoke or water coming from exhaust pipes at all


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