Saturday, January 5th, 2013 AT 10:37 PM
I just had an oil change and "trip check" by my regular mechanic two weeks ago (right on schedule) in a very well maintained 1993 Camry (only 117,000 miles). The next day or so, I noticed a faint burning odor whenever I stopped and got out of the car. The odor persisted so I took it back to the mechanic. They advised me that numerous seals were leaking and what I'm smelling is the leaking oil "burning" on the exhaust manifold. After a few more days of driving around town, I bought some Lucas "Oil Stabilizer" to try to help slow or stop the leaks. I checked the oil level, however, and found it about a half a quart too full. Key questions: (1) Is it possible/likely that the overfilling with oil may have caused damage to the seals and generated the leaks? (2) How important is it to get the "extra oil" out of the system (i.E, will continuing to drive it with too much oil cause more damage?