VALVE STEM SEAL LEAKE - 2002 TOYOTA CAMRY 4 CYLINDER

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  • amanca
  • 2002 Toyota Camry
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • automatic
  • 105 miles

2002 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder - Is there an easy way to repair a valve stem seal leakage? I dont want to take it to the dealership due to the high cost.

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011 AT 5:08 PM

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  • Docfixit
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Cylinder head must come off no easy way try an independent shop

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011 AT 6:53 PM
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  • fixitmr
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Whats the problem with car, who told you stem leaks?

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011 AT 10:25 PM
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  • mmprince4000
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It would be unusual for a seal to be bad on an '02.

Sypmtoms would be blue smoke on startup, then goes away.

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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 AT 1:48 PM
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I bought a 2002 Camry new. I noticed smoke upon cold start after a year and took it in. They said the engine was breaking in, it was normal. I believed it. I get in the car to drive to a destination, and don't think about checking to see if there is smoke behind! A couple approached me after I started my car in a public parking lot, last year and told me my car was belching white smoke, they had a 2002 and it does the same thing. Toyota mechanics have said it sounds like bad valve stem seals, and that they have no record of me bringing it in for repair before! Sigh. I wish someone else alerted me much earlier, or I insisted they do more than say its the engine breaking in. At toyotanation. Com--there are several other 2002 camry owners saying the same thing. It seems to be a problem!

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Thursday, June 30th, 2011 AT 9:12 PM
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  • fixitmr
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So are you losing oil? Do you have to add often? Oil is not usually white but bluish! Toyota's are goin to the dogs? And they try and hide the facts and make the customer pay. It's the kind of world we are living in these days! You could try some oil additives to combat the issue if it's oil related?

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 AT 1:07 AM
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It is white, and no, it hasn't been losing oil. Thanks.

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 AT 1:25 AM
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Coolant loss?

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 AT 5:01 PM
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  • fixitmr
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White smoke is most always associated with raw gas or engine coolant.

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 AT 5:47 PM

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