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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. Jul 22, 2019 at 6:03 PM
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    sbxx312

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    Both sides were done on your truck last year, right? How many miles since it was fixed?
     
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  2. Jul 22, 2019 at 6:11 PM
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    OR18TRD

    OR18TRD Pândâ Crëw

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    @BuckWallace is a special guy and he’s one out of hundreds that have had it fixed and they F’d it up. Avoid his service dept.
    I’d let them know see what they say. Most likely they will clean it and keep an eye on it. If they say fix it and they do and they F’ it up they buy it like they did bucks.
    Either way I’d get it on the books so they know. If they do screw it up and have to buy it back better sooner than later IMO.
    Good luck.
     
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  3. Jul 22, 2019 at 6:35 PM
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    SR5 AZUL

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    I got mine fixed when I was close to 30,000km(19k miles)
    would of got it fixed sooner if I knew about it or maybe it didn’t leak till than.
    Now I have 80,000km(50k miles) on my truck and she still runs like new.
     
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  4. Jul 24, 2019 at 1:22 PM
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    I checked mine last night so far bone dry both sides, I've got a 2017 Tundra 4x4 Crewmax Limited with 32,xxx miles. I will keep my eye on it and on this thread.
    thank you all.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2019 at 9:17 AM
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    I noticed my leak after two weeks of towing. Since I stopped towing, the droplet that's collecting didn't get worse. I decided yesterday I wasn't going to fix it just yet. I have time. Let's see how bad it gets.

    I took the Tundra to the dealership this morning for the sensor recall and confirmed the driver's side leak. Service manager immediately said they would fix both sides. He said they've done them before and said he couldn't do it today. I asked him if this was a common problem that goes unnoticed if the leak isn't bad. I didn't really get an answer. I asked him to wipe it up and note it. He wrote "oil leak" on the ticket. The truck goes back for tire rotation in 2000 miles.

    While I was waiting for my ride, I checked 5 used Tundras on the lot. First one was a 2010 that was listed at $20,500. It was leaking everywhere from the passenger side. Three out of five were leaking. If I have time, I'll investigate further when I go pick the truck up.
     
  6. Jul 29, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    jtwags

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    This is what I have found too when I randomly check late model tundras that I walk by in the parking lot. If I see 3 on the way in to the store at least one has a leak that is clearly visible. I havent found one leaking on the heat shield yet, which gives me hope to just let it be and clean it off each oil change.
     
  7. Jul 29, 2019 at 1:49 PM
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    PCS update done and "5585 Oil leak coming from the driver side cam tower, cleaned oil off and reinspect next visit." Service manager said they usually see these leaks in Tundras 5-10 years old and never this new. That might be the truth. Maybe everyone else is blissfully ignorant and it's only the Tundra crazies that come to the forums that are in the know. He also said for Toyota, the droplet was enough to qualify as a leak.

    I checked the used Tundras again. 2015 with 23k miles leaking from driver's side. 2010 with 116,000k not leaking. 2016 with 51k miles not leaking. 2014 with 142k miles leaking from both sides. 2010 with 165k miles leaking from the passenger side. Some of the leaks didn't look that bad.
     
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  8. Jul 29, 2019 at 1:58 PM
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    2010 model and 165K and still leaking but I bet it still runs fine. I had mine fixed under warranty but if I didn't have it I would probably just have left it that way.
     
  9. Jul 29, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    I was wondering If you checked your oil level when you noticed the leak and what it was.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    Unless it leaves a puddle everyday, not likely to show up on the dip stick.

    I have a 2018 with 36k miles right now. It is hospital clean on both sides but if it ever develops the cam tower leak, I'm just going to spray it with Gunk engine cleaner on a regular basis and call it a day. Eezee peezy and won't require an engine tear down.

    Dan
     
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  11. Jul 29, 2019 at 10:33 PM
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    I was wondering if sbxx... Engine was over filled. No one has mentioned their oil levels in the posts. If overfilled, could that be a factor? The dip stick reading on my 2018 tundra is not the easiest imo.
     
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  12. Jul 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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    I can't see how an overfilled crankcase could manifest itself in a gasket or seal leak as the cam tower leak is. This is a gasket failure from what I have learned as result of using the wrong sealant or not enough of it.

    Dan
     
  13. Aug 4, 2019 at 8:28 AM
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    I am not mechanically inclined by any means so bare with me, but would all you that ARE say this is a cam town leak? This on my driver side. 2016 with 29,500 miles.
    9E3DD5EC-030A-4778-8385-59F7BFE94708.jpg
     
  14. Aug 4, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    BuckWallace Ball don't lie.

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    Just looks like dirt to me, but if it were leaking you'd notice it more to the right (which we can't see in the pic) on the driver side.
     
  15. Aug 4, 2019 at 9:16 AM
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    Wynnded Wait, what?

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    Nothing that I can see as conclusive, in my opinion.
     
  16. Aug 4, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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    I just washed my truck and tried to clean that are up some and will keep and eye on it and take a picture in a week or so and repost. Thank you for those who’ve chimed in.
     
  17. Aug 9, 2019 at 4:57 AM
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    Took a long trip out west a few weeks ago. While at a hotel stop in Rapid City SD my son took a look and spotted a leak on the drivers side. You could see streaks on the head. Truck had 2500 miles on it at that point. Drove out to Glacier NP and then to Yellowstone. On the way back I stopped at a Toyota dealership in Rapid City (again) for an oil change on the return trip to Chicago. That Dealer confirmed the leak at about 6000 miles and said to have my selling dealer check it out and write it up once I got back to Chicago. Took it to my local dealer and they simply sprayed some brake clean on it and said to bring it back in 800 miles. That appointment was a waste of time. But I'm starting to develop a paper trail. We will see.
     
  18. Aug 10, 2019 at 11:43 PM
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    2010 5.7, 80,000 miles
    First pic, driver side. Second pic, passenger side.
    I know these would be minor, or maybe nothing? All opinions would put my mind at ease.
     
  19. Aug 10, 2019 at 11:51 PM
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    If it's leaking you'd notice it further back on both sides, closer to the cab.
     
  20. Aug 11, 2019 at 6:36 AM
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    I had mine fixed at Toyota of Naperville. They were great about it. Mine had 3000 miles on it when I noticed it. Not sure where you bought yours, but try a different dealer.
     
  21. Aug 16, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    You have a 2018? I wonder if this has hit the 2019’s yet.
     
  22. Aug 16, 2019 at 5:04 PM
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    I have a 2018 as well with 37,000 miles on it. Spotlessly clean, both sides but it seems to be a random issue, no specific year. My son has a 2008 with 190,000 tough hard miles on it and his is spotless on both sides as well. I've also checked my wifes 2017 Sequoia and hers is also clean.

    Dan
     
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