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CAM SHAFT TOWER SEAL LEAKING ** PLEASE READ***

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by jacob.jons.jj, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Jan 7, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    SR5TRDTUNDRA

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    Oh yes fo sure!
     
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  2. Jan 7, 2019 at 3:25 PM
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    Wonder if the Land Cruiser 200 and the Lexus LX 570 have this leaking problem.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2019 at 3:27 PM
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    If they have the 5.7 it will
     
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  4. Jan 7, 2019 at 3:29 PM
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    They do have the 5.7, but wonder how Japan gets the engine from U.S, like all assembled already or they just get the parts and they put it all together.
     
  5. Jan 7, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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    That’s a good question.
     
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  6. Jan 7, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    I have heard of some Land Cruisers having the issue.
     
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  7. Jan 7, 2019 at 6:17 PM
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    The Japan-made 3.0L V6 was infamous for being slow and blowing head gaskets. The FJ80 Landcruisers made in Japan were also known to blow head gaskets. But yeah, many seem to develop leaks with low mileage while those older Japan-made Toyota engines would usually blow head gaskets after racking up many miles, usually over 100K.

    Not sure why, but Toyota seems to struggle with gasket material when mating different metals together, whether they’re made here in the US or in Japan.
     
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  8. Jan 7, 2019 at 6:34 PM
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    Agreed, the 3.0 and also 3.4 when it first came out in ‘95 the first year of the Tacomas were crap. The heads were warping, but there again the Tacoma is an American made vehicle. The Japanese 22R and 22RE were indestructible, the only issues I was aware of were the timing chains. Every engine has quirks, but the old school Japanese engines were the most reliable.
     
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  9. Jan 8, 2019 at 3:40 PM
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    Can someone at least please confirm I’m correct in the pic above where the cam tower is located? In the post I quoted.
     
  10. Jan 8, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    From your pic and that angle, it is lower than the cam tower. Lower than the exhaust header.
     
  11. Jan 8, 2019 at 4:07 PM
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    It is the second lobe below your first arrow. you can see the gray gasket material squished out. your leak looks lower, unless someone cleaned up your cam tower, like a dealer, etc... then you would need to watch that area.20190108_180452.jpg
     
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  12. Jan 8, 2019 at 4:19 PM
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    Update on my cam tower, I’ve driven a little over 100 miles since spraying off the oil, it’s bone dry as of now.

    I forgot to mention the night I found the spot I had been drag racing another lifted Tundra on the interstate. LMAO. Wonder if it was related?
     
  13. Jan 8, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    Been smelling oil for a couple weeks, but didn't see anything alarming when I checked a couple times. Got out my truck tonight and saw this on drivers side rear of engine.9B1444D4-691F-488F-A7A5-731C805F0849.jpg

    Took a picture of the passenger side as well it looks clean. I'll be calling Toyota in the morning.

    5D987997-A53A-4A04-88A8-549F23D506A1.jpg
     
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  14. Jan 8, 2019 at 5:14 PM
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    I feel like the more people that are aware of this issue the more people we see have it. The tech that did my repair says he gets 1-2 per month.
     
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  15. Jan 8, 2019 at 5:15 PM
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    Exactly. Honestly, who would think to look in there? Unless you were smelling oil burning you’d never know it was doing it.
     
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  16. Jan 9, 2019 at 2:13 PM
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    Update...... Confirmed, drivers side leak. I asked will both sides be done and service rep said they will do side that's leaking. $1400 to do passenger side
     
  17. Jan 9, 2019 at 2:14 PM
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    Sorry, man. I'd definitely ask to talk to someone higher up and see if they can approve both sides since they're already gonna be in there.
     
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    yep..haven't heard from the naysayers in a while here..:rolleyes:
     
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    Are you not under warranty?
     
  20. Jan 9, 2019 at 2:22 PM
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    Yeah, I've noticed that as well! I think I posted here that my truck was making some weird noise after the repair. It's now been torn down a second time on the right side, but when the tech got it all back together it was still making the noise. A Toyota region rep/tech is coming to look at it today, so I think at the very lest it's going to need a THIRD teardown. Not too happy...
     
  21. Jan 9, 2019 at 2:58 PM
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    Damn, man. That really sucks. What does the lemon law look like in your state?
     
  22. Jan 9, 2019 at 3:02 PM
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    It seems like a lot of it would be up for interpretation, but I've definitely looked into it.

    If it's not a "safety hazard", then a dealer has to attempt to repair something three times that would decrease the value of the vehicle, or it has to be in the shop for 30 calendar days. That said, I don't know if a court would decide that the cam tower leak was one issue, and now this undiagnosed sound is now a separate issue, or if it would say that since the cam tower repair led to this new issue that it would all be considered one issue. Also, I don't know what qualifies as an "attempted repair". The tech tore the engine down again and went to drive it, so does that count as an "attempt" and whatever they try next with the regional Toyota rep/tech will be the second attempt? Or does the fact that they still have the truck in their shop count everything they're doing now as one "attempt"? I don't feel like paying a lawyer to discuss that at this point, but I'm definitely documenting everything being done.

    From the Oregon Department of Justice:

    To qualify for protection under Oregon’s Lemon Law:
    • A part or system under warranty must not be working. The problem must be significant enough to substantially reduce the vehicle’s use, value or safety.
    • Each malfunction must be reported to the manufacturer or dealer. They will have an opportunity to fix the problem.
    • At least three failed attempts to fix the problem must be made (at least one attempt if the problem is likely to cause injury or death), or the vehicle must be in the shop for a combined total of 30 or more calendar days (60 or more calendar days for a motor home).
     
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    I would also recommend you speak with someone higher or call Toyota USA. I had passenger side leak, dealership repaired both under warranty. It’s worth the extra effort.
     
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    I'm still within 5/60 powertrain.
     
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    You’re golden then.
     
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    Thanks, that's my next step.
     
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    Yeah, don't give up too easily. They told me "no" at first, but I pushed back and the dealer's service director finally came out and authorized both sides. The master tech also kind of helped talk them into it, so maybe see if he can chime in too.
     
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    Yeah, that is tricky. Hopefully they can find the source of the new problem and fix that.
     
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    Took mine to the dealer today. Told them I smell oil burning after I drive for a while. Doesn’t happen all the time. I said I looked around the motor and saw some oil and told them where I saw it. The service guy said these motors have been known to leak on the cam shaft seal but he said not on the new ones and not on ones with 8k miles. I said well I’d like someone to look at it. They couldn’t do it today so I have an appointment tomorrow. We will see what they say.
    :fingerscrossed:
     
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    There are guys on this forum with leaks under 5k and it seems the motors made recently are the worse offenders. Unfortunately that service guy is either purposely bull shitting you or he has no clue what he is talking about. Good luck.
     

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