2001 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 133, 97 miles
I bought this car 3 yrs ago. Records showed valve cover replacement at 94,480 miles. At 98,719 miles the gasket was again replaced after a dealer (not the seller) reported oil leaking at the site. They speculated that the replacement had been improperly installed. At the 111,229 mile service, the mechanic again noted a leak at the VC gasket. Because it was under their service warranty, the dealer replaced the part at no charge. A different shop noted the need for a VC gasket at 116, 989. This time I elected not to replace the part. Now at each oil change mechanics note the leak. I notice a cloud of blus smoke when I start the car after it has sat for 3 days or longer. My question: what could possible cause such frequent failure of the VC gasket? Should I replace it and the oil pan gasket, which also leaks, even though the car does not need oil between change, nor does it leak on the garage floor.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 AT 2:42 AM