I recently changed the oil and noticed that the oil filter was dry.

Tiny
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  • 1999 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 187,000 MILES

I was wondering what might cause this. Also there is a knocking in the engine.

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 10:47 PM

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Is the oil light on?Possibly low oil pressure?

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 10:52 PM
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Nope, the oil light isn't on

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 10:55 PM
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I would be concern about the knocking I have seen oil filters when I changed them seemed like there was no oil in them. Where is the knocking coming from?

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 10:58 PM
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Sounds like it is coming from the valve cover.

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 11:01 PM
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Get a oil pressure gauge and check the actual oil pressure. Did the knocking start one wasnt there the prevous day?

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 11:07 PM
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It started a couple of days ago when I was coming home from work, when I got home I checked the oil and it was low, so I just changed it since it was time.

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 11:10 PM
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How low was the oil?

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 11:12 PM
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I believe it was around the add a quart mark.

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 11:13 PM
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If this is a 4 cylinder the filter is mounted facing down so it drains normally when parked.

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 AT 11:34 PM
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So when you topped the oil off it didnt get any quetier?

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 1:21 AM
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Nope, its still making the same noise, I was thinking it might b the oil pick up tube, or maybe the oil pump, but I will check the oil pressure with a guage this weekend.

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 1:51 AM
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These engine are notorious for sludged up engines. I would remove the valve cover and see if it's sludged up.

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 1:56 AM
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Thats a great idea wrenchtech.

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 2:03 AM
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Yea, it is a good idea, but I replaced the valve cover gasket, b/c it was leaking and everything looked fine in there, there wasn't any sludge build up anywhere

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 2:06 AM
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Back to checking the oil pressure manually.

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Friday, June 1st, 2012 AT 2:08 AM
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Try removing the sump and checking the pickup for any blockage.
The mesh on the pickup blocks easily on 5sfe toyota engines with sludge etc.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012 AT 12:42 PM
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Ite a lot easier to check the actual oil pressure first thing start guessing.

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