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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. May 10, 2019 at 5:42 PM
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    chasenicholas93

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    I thought the 1st gens dont have the 5.7?
     
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  2. May 10, 2019 at 5:44 PM
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    I just had the driver's side repaired within the past month. Noticed it seeping around 36K and dealership took care of it at 40K. No issues since. I know it's a big tear down, but if you have a good mechanic doing the job you should be all set after that.
     
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  3. May 10, 2019 at 5:45 PM
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    There's at least one poll if not 2. The poll is pointless. From 07 to present I'm guessing that over 1.1 million Tundras were built. To have a scientific poll with any validity you'd have to have a very large sample of that 1+million Tundras to make any sense at all.
     
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  4. May 10, 2019 at 5:48 PM
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    Yeah, that's true.
     
  5. May 10, 2019 at 5:48 PM
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    07 is 2nd gen. Technically there is no official 3rd gen. We use 3rd gen here to denote 14+ tunnys
     
  6. May 10, 2019 at 5:50 PM
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    ....and how many of that 1+ million had 5.7L's?
     
  7. May 11, 2019 at 8:10 PM
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    Picked up my truck on friday afternoon. SA told me that the reason why Toyota sent a rep was because they had never seen one occur on a 2000mile engine before. She alluded that it is a common issue but usually at higher miles when most vehicles are out of warranty. The rep took pictures so that they can figure out why the issue is occurring on a brand new engine.

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  8. May 11, 2019 at 8:18 PM
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    Any ‘19s having this issue?
     
  9. May 11, 2019 at 8:37 PM
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    Since they had the timing chain cover out too, hopefully they put that black sealant on it too.
     
  10. May 11, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    Just checked mine. 7200 miles and no leak yet I think. 2018 sport.

    But I'll keep an eye out.

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  11. May 11, 2019 at 9:37 PM
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    does anyone here have this issue with a 2014 + 4.6
     
  12. May 11, 2019 at 10:31 PM
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    New here. Just bought my first Tundra (2016 Platinum), after owning two Tacomas and two 4runners.

    Sure enough, I noticed a leak on my driver side 10 days after purchasing it from my local Lexus dealership in Pleasanton, Ca. I’ve owned the truck for a total of 17 days now and put 300 miles on the truck. I believe the leak was cleaned up prior to sale. Had my mechanic (who specializes in Toyota’s specifically) look at the truck for an hour before purchasing it. He didn’t see anything wrong with the truck. Brought it back to him after smelling a burning smell and noticing the leak. He confirmed the cam tower leak and said he specifically looked for that.

    Bringing the truck back to the Lexus dealership on Monday to have them take a look. Will see what they decide. Also opened a case with Toyota immediately after finding this thread. I’m hoping since it was a very recent purchase, they’ll do the right thing...especially it being a Lexus dealership. If not, I’ll raise hell and run the issue up every chain at the Lexus dealership and Toyota Corporate.

    Also, spoke with my service advisor at my local Toyota dealership. He confirmed this to be a common and well known issue.

    Hard to get a picture, but from under the truck the leak is very visible.B6995D69-5705-47B1-A71B-A9852AC505EE.jpgAB2C182D-7A35-465D-A70F-F3207A2DFDEA.jpg

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  13. May 11, 2019 at 11:42 PM
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    @Spadoo thank you for sharing this, hopefully you will be taken care of and please keep us posted..
     
  14. May 11, 2019 at 11:45 PM
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    @Spadoo how many miles do you currently have?
     
  15. May 12, 2019 at 6:26 AM
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    Sorry, should’ve included that info. 77k.

    However, by the looks of the heat shield, this seep/leak has been there for a long time.
     
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  16. May 12, 2019 at 7:07 AM
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    By the looks of it it’s always in the drive side.
    I should have asked them to do the passenger side too while they had it opened up fixing the driver side.

    Toyota only covered the driver side as the passenger is bone dry.

    Hopefully it would not leak in the future.
     
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  17. May 12, 2019 at 7:43 AM
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    Same here, 2018 and 31k miles and it looks as clean as yours. Also, I mentioned in a previous post that my son's 2008 with 170+k miles and driven hard is spotless as well. He bought it used and in it's previous life towed a fifth wheel trailer.

    Dan
     
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  18. May 12, 2019 at 11:24 AM
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    Got mine back Monday. So far so good. I'm going to run in the repair for a week or so and give it an oil change/inspection. Both sides repaired under cpo warranty, which is up in August.
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  19. May 12, 2019 at 1:19 PM
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    I can only hope. Did read some threads that this was another common issue and hopefully it does not leak later down the road again I'm also hoping that the cam towers don't start leaking. I really don't want to be dealing with that.

     
  20. May 12, 2019 at 3:04 PM
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    Man did they slather that sealant on yours, hopefully no issue arise from having to much sealant. Good to hear Toyota is taking action on this but its kind of a day late and a dollar short type of deal, they knew this was happening and have chosen to ignore it. Poor design and they are just making this fix work by using a tackier sealant and gooping it on excessively.
     
  21. May 12, 2019 at 5:57 PM
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    Yup, they really went to town on the sealant. Supposedly, they have done many of these and so have an organized way of doing the repair. The most senior techs do this job and the guy that did mine had done more than 15 of these. The SA claims that the sealant is the same but just a different color so its visible if its been reworked. Kinda sucks that it started leaking so early but at least it was caught and i still have a long way before the powertrain warranty is up. I also asked Toyota for an extended warranty and still waiting to hear back.
     
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    Any success stories with anyone getting their leak(s) fixed outside of warranty?

    As noted above, I purchased mine used with 77,000 miles from a Lexus dealership, as is. If the Lexus dealership does nothing for me, any other routes one can advise me to take to try and get the leak fixed at no cost to me?

    I’m hoping that since I only bought the truck 17 days ago, they’ll do something for me but I’m not getting my hopes up.
     
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    74k on my 2012 and after brushing up on these forums to learn how to install my own suspension I ran across the cam tower issue. Go outside to check my truck and of course, Cam tower is leaking on both sides and I have a valve cover seep on the passenger side. Called my dealership to have them look at it so they can get it on record and of course the service guy says they've worked on them before and its a known issue. He gave me toyota's number and the lady denied it was a known issue and because she had never heard of the "cooler tower leak" wouldnt gurantee any assistance. FML, she didn't have the slightest clue what I was talking about. She also said, since this is a not a known issue that she didnt care how many "other people online who supposedly had this issue", that she was going to look at this on an individual case by case basis.

    Talk about disappointed....sure hope they make this right. I've spent around 175,000 dollars in my lifetime on toyota vehicles, if they stick me with this I'm going to be roaring mad.
     
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  24. May 13, 2019 at 10:07 PM
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    Get her information like name and title. Just in case you need to go higher up in the chain.
     
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  25. May 14, 2019 at 7:03 AM
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    Took better photos, it appears that my cam towers have nice silicon bead on it from the factory, you can see it oozing out.

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    @saybng Dropped the truck off yesterday late afternoon. Service advisor happened to be a guy I knew from way back in high school. (Hopefully that helps)! He told me he’d go to bat for me and that I’m within the dealerships 30 day warranty coverage and an oil leak such as this is unacceptable. (Hendricks Lexus has a reputation to maintain). So, I should hear back within a day or so, after they figure out internally which department is going to be charged for the repairs, (sales, service, etc). Apparently the truck went through two separate inspections before going to sales. The leak was either completely missed, or cleaned up and sent to the sales floor. Either way, sounds like it will not be at any cost to me, but I’m not holding my breath till I get the phone call stating that. Sounds promising right now. Waiting on pins and needles for that phone call.

    If they cover the repair, I’ll see if they’ll allow me to pay for the passenger side since they have the engine opened up.
     
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    :thumbsup::fingerscrossed:
     
  29. May 14, 2019 at 11:22 AM
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    I think your looking at the valve cover, look below that area where that hole is in the casting. That surface is the cam tower and yours looks like it has a tight bead from the factory with none oozing out.
     
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  30. May 14, 2019 at 11:23 AM
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    Also you guys getting the repair recently make sure you change your oil pretty quickly after the repair to get any junk out of there.
     

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