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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. Apr 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM
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    Just received an update from the dealer earlier this afternoon. My truck should be finished tomorrow and I should be able to pick it up after 1pm. They only did the drivers side cam tower (passenger side is bone dry). Also, getting a full detail (at a decent price) before I pick it up. He said everything was going smooth during the repair. Hope there are no issues :fingerscrossed:. Until then, I'm driving a loaner they gave me (2019 Corolla LE).
     
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  2. Apr 25, 2019 at 7:14 AM
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    This. It's a shitty seal design.
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    Well, just picked up my truck from the dealer this afternoon. Driver's side cam tower is resealed and engine sounds as healthy as it did before. They billed a total of 9 hours of labor (under powertrain warranty) for resealing the one side. I had to get right back to work, but i'll try to grab a shot tomorrow of the cam tower with the new sealant. They also did a great job detailing (inside/outside/engine bay) for $169. Anyone in the Phoenix area looking for a dealer to perform this, I'd recommend Camelback Toyota for the repair.
     
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  4. Apr 25, 2019 at 9:10 PM
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    Not a great picture since its 9pm and dark out, but just got home from work and snapped a picture showing the black sealant used on the Cam tower.
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  5. Apr 25, 2019 at 9:14 PM
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    Nice! Looks like They went all out!
    Hopefully the other side never leaks :fingerscrossed:
     
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  6. Apr 25, 2019 at 10:00 PM
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    yep same on mine. big layer of sealant.
     
  7. Apr 26, 2019 at 5:06 PM
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    So I went to the dealer today, and told them I had oil leaking from the cam tower seals and dripping on to the exhaust on both sides, burning smell etc. The service "adviser" calls me a couple hours in and says the techs cant find an oil leak, but that my cabin air filter is dirty, and that may be making a burning smell. I politely laughed at him, and offered to go back into the shop and show him and his tech the leak. They had the truck 7 feet in the air, skid plate off, and were looking all over the bottom of the engine for leaks. I asked them to lower the truck down, since the cam tower is on the top of the engine and was visible through the wheel well. They lowered the truck down, and I pointed through the wheel well to the oily seals and the drips forming above the headers. I think I had the adviser and the tech pretty flustered by this point, but they called over there senior tech to confirm. He glanced through the wheel wells and said yup, both sides leaking, and advised the adviser to call Toyota to confirm my warranty coverage. I talked to the senior tech and he said he had repaired several of these seals, and would need the truck for 3 days to do both sides. So long story short. My CPO warranty will cover the repair, and I get a rental for a few days. I am scheduled to drop it off Monday and should have it back Wednesday or Thursday.

    The one think I forgot to ask about, was a warranty extension or repair warranty. My 7 yr 100000 mi CPO warranty expires in August. I know a few others on hear had their warranties extended, or got a warranty on the repair. Did you get these from the dealer, or by calling Toyota NA?

    I'll definitely report back with results when I get her back!
     
  8. Apr 26, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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    I just had mine done this week (drivers side only), but I didn't ask about any extended warranty on the repair. I'm at 40K miles now and have the Toyota warranty til 100K, so I didn't even think to ask about it.
     
  9. Apr 26, 2019 at 5:17 PM
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    Yeah, I've only got 60K on the clock, but I'm a 2012. So the jig is up if I don't get an extension. If I had lots of warranty left I probably wouldn't worry about it, but it also never hurts to ask in these kind of situations.
     
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  10. Apr 26, 2019 at 5:41 PM
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    Holy! Hopefully the senior tech will be doing the job!
    The other tech didn’t even know where the cam tower is!
     
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  11. Apr 26, 2019 at 7:34 PM
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    I got a 2 year 24,000 on the fix from the dealer.
     
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  12. Apr 29, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    Finally got the truck back from a camtower fix only the driver side. Passenger is bone dry.
    What a relief to get my truck back.

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  13. Apr 29, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    Your positive battery terminal looks seriously corroded. This might be a good time to replace it.

    Dan
     
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  14. Apr 29, 2019 at 3:05 PM
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    Got mine back too. Had both sides done. Not sure if these are good pics for you guys but there’s like tons of black sealant.

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  15. May 2, 2019 at 10:44 AM
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    I'm joining the club. My 2018 5.7 only has 2000 miles on the engine. Have not even had the first oil change yet. Did the PCS recall today and told the service advisor to check the passenger cam tower because I saw some black oil residue. Well, they came back and told me that the drivers side is leaking and the passenger side is seeping.I asked about fixing both sides since they're going to have to open up the engine anyway. The service manager is going to ask the regional toyota rep if they'll cover the passenger side as well since it's quite apparent that it'll start leaking at some point. I have an appointment to get it worked on next week and they want to keep the truck for 4-5 days.
     
  16. May 2, 2019 at 11:15 AM
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    Well that sucks but hopefully they get it fixed right!
     
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  17. May 2, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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    I"ll be looking at mine again...
    Good luck! Sounds like you got someone looking after you.
     
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  18. May 7, 2019 at 2:52 PM
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    I dropped the truck off at the dealership yesterday and was supposed to get an update on whether Toyota was going to approve fixing both sides (drivers is leaking and passenger is seeping). Well, got an update from the SA this morning. She said that Toyota approved the fix to both sides and was also sending a rep down to document what they find in order to get this issue resolved in the assembly process so held off disassembling it until today. Isn't it odd that Toyota is now interested in fixing this on the assembly line when the 5.7 has been out for years and there's been many documented cases of cam tower leaks?

    Keeping my fingers crossed that the fix works and don't have any other post-fix issues with the engine.
     
  19. May 7, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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    I think this particular thread is getting some exposure and the amount of 5.7Ls showing up for repairs is increasing quite a lot :)
     
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  20. May 7, 2019 at 3:28 PM
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    I'm sure there are many more out there that just are not being checked for the leak. Unless you're an enthusiast or have a dealer that goes above and beyond to look for this chances are it won't be discovered. I would think most Tundra owners are just regular truck owners and not forum members, etc. I'm also certain a lot are not using the dealership for regular maintenance or repairs....smaller repair shops or oil/lube places wouldn't be inspecting for this leak and without it dripping on the ground likely won't be found or noticed by everyone.
     
  21. May 7, 2019 at 3:45 PM
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    A lot of folks seem to be more aware now. Going out and checking their truck or asking the dealer to take a look. Probably getting too expensive now for Toyota now that the CT leak is becoming more prevalent.
     
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  22. May 7, 2019 at 7:27 PM
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    I wonder why they'd appear to be interested now. I honestly don't expect them to keep producing it after this upcoming update.
     
  23. May 8, 2019 at 2:44 PM
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    Agreed.

    I to think the 5.7l will be gone with the next gen of Tundra.
     
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    Most likely, but if Toyota is the company they put themselves out there to be and are continually improving processes this should have been fixed a lllooooonnnggg time ago no matter the cost. Why let an issue like this from production plaque customers, just shows you while Toyota seems to be better then the other manufacturers in this area they are still just about the dollar like everyone else.
     
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    I just had mine in the shop to specifically look for water, oil and freon leaks. They put dye in all the systems and went back a week later to check for the leaks. They found no cam tower leak, water leaks or freon leaks. However, they found my oil cooler leaking which required replacement of the cooler and the seals. Thankfully was covered under my extended warranty since was a $1100 fix.

     
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    That turned out nicely. Got a new oil cooler and seals. You should be good to go for quite awhile:thumbsup:
     
  27. May 10, 2019 at 5:23 PM
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    Is there some trucks that are just lucky and don't have the cam tower leak?
     
  28. May 10, 2019 at 5:26 PM
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    Yes, not all will get it. Maybe just one side, maybe both, or not all. Luck of the draw.
     
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    Yes.. my 12 year old 07. Apparently 1st year new generation has it's perks.
     
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    Yeah hopefully I'm one of the lucky ones. I don't want my engine taken apart on a brand new truck. Maybe we should start a poll to see how many people have this issue compared to how many people are trouble free
     
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