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Oil leak of some sort.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TheNamezAustin, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Jan 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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    TheNamezAustin

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    Got the truck about a month and a half ago from my uncle. Just started driving. So he gave it to me for a steal. ($3000) I was well aware of the leak but he couldn't for the life of him figure out what it is. (I don't think he looked) Well I started smelling it when I get on it from it burning, so i figured I would look into it. According to the dip stick, I haven't lost much or any at all.

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  2. Jan 21, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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    127.0.0.1

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    piece of cake problem there...no worries
    over 210,000 on my 5vz and it is only just now starting to show the same exact dribblin


    common valve cover gasket leak. more of a weep over time really

    the only problem is if you let it build up forever it is a fire hazard

    simple fix

    any shop can do it, use toyota specified gasket ONLY and toyota specified torque values


    also easy to do at home, really easy...just need tools to remove all the clutter above them
    and the right gasket material, and torque settings



    Now, you could just:

    cool off motor
    gunk and high pressure clean that crap off
    use mobil 1 high mileage oil from now on, problem might just go away.

    in any case, that is not an emergency, except for the fire hazard issue if
    too much oil builds up with dirt and dust...
     
  3. Jan 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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    What kind of price are we looking at? Ill go ahead and take some simple green to it thursday.
     
  4. Jan 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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    I just bought my new gaskets on Friday, just need the time to change them. I got them for $19 a side and I also got the spark plug tower gaskets, while I was in there, figured they needed changing after 233k miles ($2.40 ea x6 from my dealership).

    You can PM Jorge@CamerlbackToyota for a quote including shipping.

    Also, during my "googling" to DIY on these, I found this video, hope it helps.

    http://youtu.be/IThNiZcs4bI
     
  5. Jan 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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    This helps a good bit, Might take this project up as my second time under the hood (changed the belts yesterday, my power steering has no stutters and handles like a champ) Doesn't seem to hard if you make sure to put everything where you took it from.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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    Could also be like mine. The heads have metal cam plugs in the back that could leak oil. They just need to be re-sealed but valve cover must be taken off to remove the metal plugs.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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    I just did this a few days ago.

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    One thing I would add to that video... take an air hose to your engine prior to starting and get rid of all extra dirt and debris. Then wipe down as much crud as you can prior to opening up the valve covers. This will help reduce chances of anything getting in there that shouldn't be.

    I used this kit, comes with everything you need and fits perfect:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CAVM0A/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00

    I got new plugs, wires, and cleaned throttle body as well.

    Took me about 3 hours.
     
  8. Jan 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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    My mechanic friend just calls that, "sweat from the horsepower"
     
  9. Jan 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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    Yeah, looks a lot worse than it actually is. But the cover bolts do loosen up over time with vibration. I was actually shocked at how loose they were. Granted, they are only 53 in-lbs of torque by fsm, but some of mine weren't even close to snug. Mileage is at 120k and I just figured it would be good to do since I needed plugs anyway.
     
  10. Jan 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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    That seals is as easy as kissing your cousin.
     
  11. Jan 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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    Was a PreRunner, now it isn't
    thats exactly what mine look like now, well the before pics.
     
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    My valve cover bolts were loose enough that I was getting oil on the exhaust manifold making it smell and smoke a little. I couldn't believe how loose the bolts were.
     
  13. Jan 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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    Thanks for all the feedback. Probably going to give it a better de greasing. tight up the bolts and see how it goes. If I have to go ahead and change them I'll go for it.
     

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