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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. Feb 21, 2019 at 4:51 PM
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    Crap and I was just kidding. I thought your trd was a typo for “try”
     
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  2. Feb 21, 2019 at 4:52 PM
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    Spoiler looks a little lame - otherwise that’s a pretty good looking Camry
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2019 at 4:54 PM
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    It will match my truck better in the garage though .Lol ok no more me high jacking this tread haha

    Screenshot_2019-02-14-19-46-33.jpg
     
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  4. Feb 21, 2019 at 8:32 PM
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    I not really into cars, but that looks awesome!! Imagine that in Blazing Blue. Sharp. Looks like the Type R has some competition. Also off topic but, If Toyota can design sweet cars like this and an awesome remodel like the new Rav 4, then WHY is the Tundra not receiving the same love and attention? =(
     
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  5. Feb 22, 2019 at 7:55 AM
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    New guy here. It took me a while to set up an account because I don't do many mods. But I do find good info on the sight. Thanks to this sight I have been keeping an eye on my cam towers. My warranty is about up and I noticed my driver's side had a little seepage. I went to the dealer expecting a hard time because it wasn't a bad leak. They checked it out and the service rep said it's leaking and they can take it in now because the master tech was in that week. They would not cover the passenger side because it was not leaking. I told her If they are taking out the engine I want both sides done, I will pay the difference if I have to. They agreed and it cost me $400, i don't want to go through this twice. They put me in a 2019 Tacoma trd sport (very nice but small) for a loaner for 3 day's. So far no leaks and the truck is running just as smooth as it used to.
    I have almost never had good experiences with dealerships and their service departments, but I was blown away at how nice they were and how smooth it went. I had some sleepless nights just thinking about them tearing my engine apart but so far no issues.
     
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  6. Feb 22, 2019 at 8:05 AM
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    That's awesome how they handled it, my dealer wouldn't let me pay the difference to complete the driverside at the same time. You got lucky!
     
  7. Feb 22, 2019 at 8:24 AM
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    What dealer? Someone should compile a list of the “good dealers” as far as getting the towers done, and yours went above the others in doing the other side for $400.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2019 at 8:24 AM
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  9. Feb 22, 2019 at 8:30 AM
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    A dealer in CT. I haven't had good luck with their service dept. in the past with other vehicles and was/still am surprised how well it went. Maybe they have changed their ways.I usually do my own maintenance but this is way beyond my expertise.
     
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  10. Feb 24, 2019 at 4:44 PM
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    Just wondering if anyone is seeing this issue in any MY19 engines yet? I realize we are still early for the 19's, but I figured there must be a few out there getting some mileage on them.

    This issue was the only one to give me pause when doing my research, however, it wasn't enough to push me towards another brand with potentially larger problems.
     
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  11. Feb 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM
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    BuckWallace Ball don't lie.

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    I had the same thought process when I bought my 2018, but sure enough I got the leak (or noticed it) at 8,500 miles. I can almost guarantee Toyota didn't fix it for MY2019.
     
  12. Feb 24, 2019 at 5:21 PM
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    It is peculiar how random this failure seems to be. As I have mentioned before, 2018 here with a bit over 26,000 miles (purchased in January, 2018). I have checked and re-checked very carefully and both sides are spotless, zero seepage or leaks. I cannot see what sealant is used, either it is the same color as the cam tower die castings or if it is black it is behind the mating surfaces, not visible.

    I'll keep checking but I would be surprised if started to fail after this many miles. We will see.

    Dan
     
  13. Feb 24, 2019 at 6:09 PM
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    I agree with you that they have more than likely not resolved this issue in the new model year, but I'm hoping it isn't as bad as it seems like it was in the 18's.

    Reading your story in particular was so frustrating as an outside observer.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2019 at 6:25 PM
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    yep couple 19's have it with very low miles too. check few pages back.
     
  15. Feb 25, 2019 at 7:58 AM
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    I just thought of something...

    I wonder if a cold re-torque of the cam tower bolts would stop the seepage/leak? This would involve removal of the valve covers at least. Just a thought.

    Dan
     
  16. Feb 25, 2019 at 4:42 PM
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    I stumbled on this thread yesterday (Sunday) and out of curiosity checked my 14 crewmax. Sure enough noticed oil on passenger side as well as stains on heat shield. I took it to local dealer in Arkansas today (Monday) and they confirmed a leak. My powertrain warranty expires in Apr at 5 years with only 31k on the odo. Thanks to this site I found it just in time and they’re going to do the repairs. Just want to thank everyone for their efforts on here!
     
  17. Feb 25, 2019 at 6:23 PM
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    you are welcome. this thread is here for that sole purpose :)
     
  18. Feb 25, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    LoL, unfortunately not... that would have been fun :burnrubber:
     
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  19. Feb 28, 2019 at 7:29 AM
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    Another one!
    I purchased my 2014 Crew Max (pre owned) from a dealer 6000miles ago with 59000 on the odo. Purchased it from the dealer instead of one of many independent yards thinking I would be better off. I just took it in to my mechanic for service and sure enough it has the leak. To make matters worse he said "whoever went over the vehicle last knows about it", because he could see where they had tried to clean it up.

    It came with a 60 day warranty, but let's face it who looking at something like that within 60 days of purchasing from a dealer... not me! So that is out, I will be contacting the GM at the dealership today. My guess is that if they knew about it they're not going to fix it, will most likely be told it's outside of the warranty and to go pound sand. I hope not, but if they knew about it I would say that was the plan for this particular vehicle.

    If they don't I will have to take the Customer Care route. Wish me luck!!
     
  20. Feb 28, 2019 at 8:11 AM
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    Why would the dealer not let you pay the diff to do the other side?
     
  21. Feb 28, 2019 at 10:56 AM
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    They told me since the truck was under warranty if they took that side apart and then an issue arose they would be liable for it. Plus at the time I thought they were going to remove the timing cover and repair it that way, which then makes sense to complete the other side. They didn't do mine that way, only the cam tower was removed on the passenger side, front cover didn't come off for my repair.
     
  22. Feb 28, 2019 at 5:06 PM
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    Question...If after 5 years / 50k miles and "it's" not leaking, can it start to leak? Or is it something that leaks from the start, and we are just noticing this issue now? I have the 100k factory (bumper 2 bumper) warranty, I'm not too concerned as I checked it two months ago while reading this thread...If this was a "Ford" truck...They would tell ya to pound salt...
     
  23. Feb 28, 2019 at 5:25 PM
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    So what should I be looking for? Oils stains along side the cam tower?
     
  24. Feb 28, 2019 at 5:56 PM
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    Oil seepage typically at rear of cam tower. Take a look back through this thread, some guys hi-lighted the drip area with photo editing app.
     
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  25. Mar 1, 2019 at 6:55 AM
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    I'm curious of how many people here know they have the leak and have decided against having it fixed. Ones that don't see it as a big deal. Are there many?
     
  26. Mar 2, 2019 at 8:22 AM
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    My passenger side started leaking after a little over one year and 14,000 miles. My driver's side started after 5 years and around 72,000 miles.
     
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  27. Mar 2, 2019 at 5:15 PM
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    OK, so that tells me I'm going to have to watch this "issue" going forward...I wonder why Toyota, has not addressed the issue on the engine assembly line. "Fire" the robot who dispensers the sealant at the engine plant.
     
  28. Mar 2, 2019 at 5:17 PM
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    I think the robot thing is just an excuse, otherwise it would have been fixed. I don't think anyone wants to keep turning out a product with a flaw. I say this is a design issue and that's the reason it's plagued the platform for so long.
     
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  29. Mar 4, 2019 at 7:57 PM
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    I thought about not fixing it. But the other side of my brain wouldn't be happy knowing I had the opportunity to fix it under warranty; and that would stop the leak and not have worries down the road.
     
  30. Mar 4, 2019 at 8:12 PM
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    Yeah if its under warranty I would get it fixed, out of warranty if it wasn't bad I would leave it alone as the cost for this repair is just way to much.
     
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