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Would you buy a truck with an oil leak?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by saugus, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Sep 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM
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    saugus

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    Just looked at a 2007 regular cab stick with 90k. It has a slight leak around the right edge of the oil pan in the front. Seems to be from the pan gasket but not sure. Is that common on these? Should I walk away from this?
     
  2. Sep 7, 2011 at 6:47 PM
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    If you're not positive what you're doing, I would have a trusted mechanic look at it and tell you their thoughts on the truck. Otherwise, a simple leak that could be fixed with a new gasket would not really deter me from buying.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    I think there is a tsb about leaking valve cover gasket. I had oil on the bottom of the oil pan got the tsb done and no more leak
     
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    Yeah the salesman was saying the same thing. I was just paranoid that it might be major. Pan and valve cover is a breeze. rear and front seals not. Anyway there are a lot of fish in the sea so I think I will move on to less uncertainty.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    I wouldn't buy a vehicle that you know you already have to fix, if the dealer is good, they will fix it or tell you to move on.
     
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    Is this a V6 4x4? there's definitely a TSB for leak timing chain cover gasket. It would have been covered under 6/60 warranty, but that's not an option now and it's a pain to fix on 4x4 ($$$ if done by dealer.)

    But, IMO, if the leak's not bad so what? A little oil doesn't harm anything... it all depends on how bad. I'd pass on it if it looks like it'll leave drips on the driveway and necessitate checking oil at every fill up. If I owned already it would be cheaper living with that than fixing it, but there's no sense in buying-in to it.
     
  7. Sep 8, 2011 at 7:55 AM
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    It's the 2.7L. My corolla has leaked oil and power steering and brake fluid at different times. I fixed the ps and brakes my self. The oil leak was valve cover and fixed when timing belt was changed. I know oil leaking a little is not the end of the world, but oil can damage rubber parts like engine mounts and tires. So I'd fix it if purchased. Anyway that was the first truck I looked at so I am in no hurry to grab it up.
     
  8. Sep 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    I kind of implied dealer. Anyway I settled with another higher mileage vehicle for a couple grand less. I could not find one thing wrong except worn tires. No leaks:D
     
  9. Sep 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM
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    You didn't say if it an I4, V6, 2WD or a 4X4. It could affect the cost of repair quite a bit.

    The oil pan is in 2 pieces, there's an aluminum body that bolts to the bottom of the engine block and a smaller stamped metal sump that bolts onto the back section of that.

    If the leak is from the back sump, any vehicle configuration would be an easy fix.

    If it's from the seal between the main engine block and the aluminum housing portion of the oil pan, then there is a lot more work required to remove it and reseal it.

    Oil leak is no big deal ... just make sure you understand exactly what is required to fix it.
     
  10. Sep 9, 2011 at 9:31 AM
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    LOL, too late ... never mind.
     
  11. Sep 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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    If your not really sure where the oil leak is try ask the guy if he can engine grease that area for you or even you do it for him and run the truck to see if you can see exactly where its coming from, thats what they did to my ford at the auto shop and that worked.
     
  12. Sep 9, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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    Shit scratched what i just said since you bought another one!:D
     
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