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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. Jun 24, 2019 at 7:36 PM
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    WrigglingWilly

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    The first dealer sounded like a bunch of hosers.
     
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  2. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    I told them to take off eh.
     
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  3. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:10 PM
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    I’m looking at buying a 2015 Tundra CrewMax 5.7 4x4 with 159,000 miles on it. I took some pictures as best I could and hope some of you guys can help me tell if the cam towers are leaking or if this one is in good shape. Any help would be appreciated. 7A3B3FF0-AAED-4816-8AE3-77F7ECC69B27.jpg

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  4. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:17 PM
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    I'm not seeing any leaks. But...a 2015 with 159K miles...:eek2:. Not crazy mileage but a lot for a 2015. My 07 is pushing almost 100 K.
     
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  5. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:27 PM
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    I had a 2014 with the 4.6L V8 and had around 192k trouble-free miles on it. I just can’t justify spending $48,000+ on a new one... they sure hold their value. This one is a 2015 Platinum 4x4, 1-owner, no accidents and they are wanting $24,500.
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  6. Jun 26, 2019 at 9:40 PM
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    Well...you have good history on that Platinum. Offer 23950 and see what they say..
     
  7. Jun 27, 2019 at 7:32 AM
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    Wynnded

    Wynnded Wait, what?

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    I can't see any leak in the photos that you've shared. Looks pretty clean.
     
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  8. Jun 27, 2019 at 9:12 AM
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    This Tundras Cam Towers have a THICK bead of gray sealant, way more than most the trucks I’ve seen leak. Looks dry in these photos and there is no black sealant which would typically indicate the Cam Towers have not required a fix due to a prior leak.
     
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  9. Jun 27, 2019 at 9:23 AM
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    I need to check my 2007 - I have never smelled any oil burning and there are no drips, but I thought I was safe from this.
     
  10. Jun 27, 2019 at 2:07 PM
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    Just got my 2016 back from the dealer today. They fixed both sides under warranty after I had them check it last week. Keeping my fingers crossed that it stays problem free.
     
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  11. Jun 27, 2019 at 2:10 PM
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    agreed
     
  12. Jun 28, 2019 at 1:13 PM
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    Are we sure Toyota hasn’t fixed this on newer models? My 2019 appears to have black sealant on the back side of where the cam tower leak usually occurs
     
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  13. Jun 28, 2019 at 1:18 PM
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    I've got about 5K on mine since the fix (completed around 40K), no issues since. I was only able to get the drivers side done since the passenger side was completely dry.
     
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  14. Jun 28, 2019 at 2:16 PM
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    I have a 2011 TRD that I only smelled oil burning, beginning at about 75k. I started noticing drip stains a couple weeks ago at 123K. I called Toyota USA and got the run-around. I took it to local Toyota Dealer 5 days ago. They talked me into changing water pump since we have it torn down to repair both sides of Cam Tower Seals. Looks like I'm all on my own so I plan on joining in on Class Action Suit with Law Firm in Washington DC. (M&R) I doubt this will get any of the cost recouped but it makes me feel better. This decade old problem should have been handled by Toyota in a Service Bulletin at the very least.
     
  15. Jun 29, 2019 at 5:48 AM
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    That is a good question. I bought my 2019 in November and I currently have 12,500 miles on the clock. Cam tower seals are bone dry. No leaks or seeps at all. Keeping fingers crossed.
     
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  16. Jun 29, 2019 at 10:02 AM
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    Update: 6 days later I finally got my Truck back and $3200.00 lighter in the bank acct. I provided the Paperwork to the Class Action Law Firm M&R in Washington DC, so I'll let y'all know if anything ever comes of it.
     
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  17. Jul 14, 2019 at 11:48 PM
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    Just rolled 5,000 on my 2019 and no cam tower leaks evident thus far.
     
  18. Jul 14, 2019 at 11:52 PM
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    This thread has lost lots of momentum.
     
  19. Jul 15, 2019 at 2:08 AM
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    Everyone has leaking rear ends now :D
     
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  20. Jul 15, 2019 at 7:34 AM
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    I took my 2013 4.6 in for 120k service at a Toyota dealer. The truck did not have any oil leaks (no oil on driveway ever).
    I was told the truck had oil leaks at the cam towers, timing cover and rear main seal, the dealer wanted approx $7k to fix.

    I passed on the fix and stated that the truck never leaked any oil.

    Now I get a drop of oil every night in the driveway, do I have any recourse with the dealer?
     
  21. Jul 15, 2019 at 7:41 AM
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    Unless you are covered under an extended warranty, I'd say you don't have much of a chance to get it fixed for free. It can't hurt to call Toyota corporate and ask, though.
     
  22. Jul 15, 2019 at 8:28 AM
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    I meant recourse about the truck leaking oil (drops in driveway now), after the dealership look at it. It never leaked oil before (no drops in the driveway).
     
  23. Jul 15, 2019 at 9:14 AM
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    maybe they did a messy oil change and that's what you are seeing. left over oil
     
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  24. Jul 20, 2019 at 11:07 AM
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    I wouldn't have known about this issue had I not joined this forum. Then I became paranoid I was going to have the leak on my 2018 Sport. Then I decided I didn't care and ignored this thread for a few months.

    I decided to check this morning. Leaking on the driver's side, dry on the passenger side. 5535 miles, half of which have been towing a trailer.

    So it goes. Can't say I was all that shocked.

    [​IMG]
     
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  25. Jul 21, 2019 at 11:43 AM
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    After having a day to think about it, dealing with this at 5000 miles is pretty ridiculous.
     
  26. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:39 PM
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    I read all 67 pages thinking it would help me decide what to do. It didn't. I did realize I posted in this thread twice before my truck started leaking, which is probably what jinxed me. Also saw a lot of low mileage 2018 Sport owners like me in this thread.

    My truck goes in for the sensor recall next Monday and I have to decide whether to point out the leak and fix it, point it out and wait to fix it, or not point it out at all. Not pointing it out would be done if I was required to fix it.

    I am convinced a lot more Tundra owners have this leak and don't know it. Blissfully ignorant, they rack up miles on their trucks and rave about dependability. That droplet I have will fall on the heat shield, which is bad. But what if I just wipe it up and monitor it and avoid FIPG and shavings in my filter or what BuckWallace had to deal with? If it doesn't get much worse than a droplet here and there, is it worth the risk fixing it? Or, should I just request both sides be fixed, fail at an attempt at a 100k extended warranty, fix it, and move on.

    What do folks think?
     
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  27. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:43 PM
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    you only 5K miles. wait a bit and get it fixed post 10K
     
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  28. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:47 PM
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    Get it fix, and recommend for both sides.
     
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  29. Jul 22, 2019 at 2:54 PM
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    Do you think I could point it out to the dealership and then wait to fix it? Why would you wait until after 10k?
     
  30. Jul 22, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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    see how bad it gets if any and both sides leaking or only one ? if only one side, dealership will only fix that side then later you back for rounds 2 tear down to fix the other side...better do both at the same time.
     
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