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Bad oil leaks.
By John B. on
1996 Toyota Camry DX 4dr Sedan
This car has had excellent dealer care and has given us nothing but gross oil leaks. Would NOT consider another Toyota regardless of their seductive ad campaigns. The oil leaks are very serious. You will have a lot of oil everywhere. Consider another used car choice.
Old post but great comment, I wish there were more posters on here that actually did a little research on their problems and posted the fix, rather than throw up their hands and dis' the car with a bad review.
When it comes to car problems, Google Is Your Friend, and the Edmunds
consumers reviews can be very helpful.
Google.."1996 Toyota Camry Oil leaks" for example you might find you can save hundreds of dollars, or thousands with advice like the above comment.
Too bad you didn't run into the right mechanic.
I have owned 5 camrys and the oil leaks are pretty easy fixes.
Most of the time it is because a sloppy mechanic did not install the timing belt properly.
Therefore, you get a leak from the camshaft seal and the oil pump seal.
Done properly these leaks are easily avoided.
Also, the valve cover gasket can loosen and leak.
This is even easier.
Probably and hour fix at most.
Remove the spark plug wires, the spark plugs.
The nuts that bolt down the valve cover gasket are in the same hole the spark plugs came from.
Get the right socket with a long arm.
Install the new gasket.
Add a good sealent as well if you never want to worry about a leak again.
Screw the nuts back down carefully.
Put new spark plugs in it while you are at it.
Most of the time this is an incompetence issue-not a reliability issue.
When I replace the timing belt I get it all done whilethe left side of the engine is pulled apart-new camshaft seal, new tentioners and pulleys, water pump, oil pump seal etc.
Then drive the camry another 100,000 miles.
I love the fact that these engines are zero interference.
If the timing belt blows, you are just stranded-the engine heads do not collide into the valves. Hope this helps someone.