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Old 12-16-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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Oil leak @%$#^#



well this is the story.

i was checking my oil level when i see these oil spots in the engine, i don't know much about cars but i can tell this is not right, so could someone help me on what should i do, what was the cause to this to happen, what else should i keep an eye on.

well thanks for your help.








ps 1. i'm out of warranty.
ps 2. i gotta go but i'll check for your answers late in the afternoon. thanks again
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:46 PM   #2
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I'm not sure that's anything to be worried about....as I can't really tell (in the pictures) what that really looks like.

For starters - clean the area up really good. And start tracking the problem day-to-day. Try to pinpoint where its coming from. Check your oil level also. You're probably not loosing enough to really worry about it (or that'll cost you arm/leg to have it fixed).
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^^ +1. you can never really tell wher its coming from unless ya clean up a little. it might not be serious. but i would still monitor it daily. As long as Oil isnt spewing out of your engine block and you still have oil pressure, you should be fine.
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all it look like to me is that its just some old oil residue from where some oilwas spilled before. clean the area up real good and watch it for a couple of days.........otherwise, i think you have nothing to worry about.
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since everyone said clean it up etc, I say install a thermal imaging camera underhood and a brand new 15 inch screen somewhere in the truck where you can see it while driving. And since you may not catch it( stoplight or something) have it record to a brand new DVD recorder....or you could do what they said
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:26 PM   #6
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I'm not sure that's anything to be worried about....as I can't really tell (in the pictures) what that really looks like.

For starters - clean the area up really good. And start tracking the problem day-to-day. Try to pinpoint where its coming from. Check your oil level also. You're probably not loosing enough to really worry about it (or that'll cost you arm/leg to have it fixed).
yep the oil level is fine.

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^^ +1. you can never really tell wher its coming from unless ya clean up a little. it might not be serious. but i would still monitor it daily. As long as Oil isnt spewing out of your engine block and you still have oil pressure, you should be fine.
that's what made me worry about it, it looks that it is coming from the engine block, but we'll see once i clean it. and sorry but how do i know if i have oil pressure???

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all it look like to me is that its just some old oil residue from where some oilwas spilled before. clean the area up real good and watch it for a couple of days.........otherwise, i think you have nothing to worry about.


ok thanks for your advise, and i hope, like all you said maybe this is not something to worry about, but it really piss me off that it's my first new truck, and one of the things by which i decide to buy a brand new truck and a toyota, was that that i wouldn't going to have to be concerned about this kind of things, but well you never know. i'll keep tracking the issue and see how it goes. thanks.


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since everyone said clean it up etc, I say install a thermal imaging camera underhood and a brand new 15 inch screen somewhere in the truck where you can see it while driving. And since you may not catch it( stoplight or something) have it record to a brand new DVD recorder....or you could do what they said
lol... did i sound too paranoiac...
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I t looks like your valve cover gaskets are starting to seep oil past the gaskets you say you are out of warranty Toyota would cover this if you were under 5 years or 60,000 miles. Do you have a extended warranty?

There was this post I started but it is hard to tell by the pictures if the timing cover is involved though.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-oil-leak.html
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:38 PM   #8
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no warranty man, i already have 40 something miles and when i buy the truck they didn't have any extended warranty cause of the reability of toyota mmmm....

thanks for the info.

tomorrow i'm going to the dealer and see what happens.
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no warranty man, i already have 40 something miles and when i buy the truck they didn't have any extended warranty cause of the reability of toyota mmmm....

thanks for the info.

tomorrow i'm going to the dealer and see what happens.
They should cover it under warranty if you only have 40,000 something miles on it good luck tomorrow.
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how do i know if i have oil pressure???
There's no oil presssure gauge unfortunately. You always have oil pressure, it's a matter of how much. If the little 'oil can' is lit on your dash - then you need to start worrying (and don't drive it with the oil can on the dash).
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:17 AM   #11
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Oooohh, thanks janster,and like you said it, maybe is not something to worry about it but i'm going to the dealer and a few shops to see what do they have to say and i'll keep you all informed...
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:54 AM   #12
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if it makes you feel any better, my 06 dubba cab pre , has an tiny oil leak to the right of the harmonic balancer. I was looking at my motor mounts per the "Check your motor mount" thread, and found the leak this morning.

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if it makes you feel any better, my 06 dubba cab pre , has an tiny oil leak to the right of the harmonic balancer. I was looking at my motor mounts per the "Check your motor mount" thread, and found the leak this morning.

Are you sure its a leak, and not spilled oil from an oil change?
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Are you sure its a leak, and not spilled oil from an oil change?

postively sure. its on the left side of the engine (as you are facing it), directly next to the harmonic balancer.
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postively sure. its on the left side of the engine (as you are facing it), directly next to the harmonic balancer.
Have you taken it to the dealer?
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Have you taken it to the dealer?
negative, just found it this morning.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:25 PM   #17
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well i went this morning to my local dealer (in mexicali, mex.) and since i'm out of warranty the wanted to charged me with 100 dlls to have a look at it and connect the computer so they could tell me what the problem is, i said no thanks, cause i'm about 98% sure that the problem is that the valve cover gaskets are starting to seep oil past the gaskets and they wouldn't refound that money to the final repair total cost , i decide to go to my other local dealer in el centro, ca. since they were the ones that made all my maintence services when my warranty was on (because the mexican is new here) and see what they tell me.

and i find this for newbies like me

http://www.trustmymechanic.com/valve_cover_leak.htm
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keep us updated!

I'm going to my dealer in the morning for my oil leak I found. I have a 1K left on mile 36K mile warranty, and I also bought the extended warranty.

I also have to have another alingment since my rear sping TSB...its pulling to the right slightly.
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That valve cover seepage was not gonna get repaired under warranty anyway, They wont replace for a small seepage like that on the valve cover, I would clean and see if it comes back
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