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Where's Waldo? (Where's the oil leak???_

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by james, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Apr 23, 2011 at 12:07 AM
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    james

    james [OP] In over my head...

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    Hmmm...I smell the unmistakable smell of oil after I stop. I don't know why. Clearly I'm leaking some oil somewhere.

    I changed my oil about 1000 miles ago (give or take a month ago), and that's when I began smelling it. I checked the tightness of the filter and it's plenty tight.

    '98 3.4 manual. 158K miles. I recently changed out all my fluids, including transfer case and gearbox to synthetics. Could they be dripping? If a drop or two hit the exhaust pipe, it would make that unmistakable smell too, right?


    Where would you start looking first?
     
  2. Apr 23, 2011 at 6:22 AM
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    twfsa

    twfsa Well-Known Member

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    Do what ^^^ he said and then park on a piece of cardboard till the leak is detected on the cardboard and see if you can nail it down from there.
     
  3. Apr 23, 2011 at 6:41 AM
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    rmb_crew

    rmb_crew My other ride has 18,400HP!!!!!!

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    Access larado tonneau, magnaflow exhaust
    Baby powder works great for finding leaks also. Clean the whole engine with a good degreaser and than dust around the areas where it could possibly be leaking.
     
  4. Apr 23, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    RAT PRODUCTS

    RAT PRODUCTS RAT Products

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    View the build. Too much to list.
    Switching to synthetic might be causing a weep somewhere in your engine. Happens a lot when high mileage engines switch. I would personally give it time, as long as you have enough oil in the engine I would keep driving it and see if it gets better.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    MowTaco

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    As for your question about the exhaust... yes. Especially a cat. If you got a little oil on anything it'll burn. I once got a plastic bag caught between a cat and its heat shield and thought my clutch was burnt up for about a week until I found it.
     
  6. Apr 23, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    lotsoftoys

    lotsoftoys pavement is boring....

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    bunch of crap
    valve cover gaskets, oil pan, rear main, front crank, cam seals.... all are common...
     
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