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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 15, 2020 at 6:03 PM
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    Add me to the list, 2018 5.7 with 44,000. Passenger side leakage..

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  2. May 17, 2020 at 4:13 PM
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    I am looking at a 2014 Sequoia. Was wondering if these oil marks on the frame would be indicative of a cam shaft leak.

     
  3. May 17, 2020 at 5:35 PM
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    Good chance of it, look through the wheelwell with a flashlight towards the back on both sides to confirm.
     
  4. May 17, 2020 at 6:12 PM
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    My 2018 looks fine now at 27000km or 16875miles. Why is new trucks still have problems with cam tower leaks.....I don't get it.
     
  5. May 17, 2020 at 6:14 PM
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    Don't buy it. Walk away........you can do better.
     
  6. May 17, 2020 at 6:43 PM
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    Yeah thanks guys, I agree I am going to walk.
     
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  7. May 17, 2020 at 7:53 PM
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    The consensus is the robot isn't putting down enough of the gray sealant. Sounds like a simple programming fix to me. :monocle:
     
  8. May 17, 2020 at 8:11 PM
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    I mean, it's kind of hard to not acknowledge visible oil leaking out of the engine. On many trucks. For 13 years. I think actually "acknowledging" it would mean they redesign the obviously-faulty method of sealing the cam towers after the first few years of this happening. Just my two cents...
     
  9. May 25, 2020 at 12:14 PM
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    I just bought a 2020 Limited this past December. I took a look at the cam towers today. They are dry. I did notice that there is plenty of gray sealant seeping out around the perimeter of the cam towers. That is a good thing. Anyone know if Toyota did this to fix the leak issue?
     
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  10. May 25, 2020 at 12:34 PM
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    Only time, and diligent owners keeping an eye out for leaks, will answer that.
     
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  11. May 25, 2020 at 1:30 PM
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    I agree. The only reason I pointed mine out was because of the extra sealant that was oozing out. My understanding was there was not enough sealant from the factory. The oozing sealant is hopefully a good thing as this shows that the sealing surface was covered. Hopefully it remains all good!
     
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  12. May 25, 2020 at 2:02 PM
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    Mine was "oozing" out of my 2018 and leaked anyway. I'm pretty sure they all ooze out to some extent.
     
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  13. May 25, 2020 at 3:33 PM
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    Yep. The sealant has always been visible, even on vehicles that experienced failures.
     
  14. May 25, 2020 at 3:42 PM
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    OK good to know. I will keep an eye on it.
     
  15. May 26, 2020 at 11:28 PM
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    Can someone here help a newbie ...

    I recently got a used 2016 5.7 limited.
    Inspecting for the famous cam tower leaks, I found that passenger side has black sealant and clean. But driver side looks like dirty/ oily a bit. It also has light silver lining instead of black.

    • Does it mean that this vehicle was already repaired for passenger side?
    • Is there any definite way to confirm the leak on driver side? It’s difficult to get through the wheel well. I might go under tomorrow and try to clean.
     
  16. May 26, 2020 at 11:33 PM
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    Welcome. It's very possible that the passenger side was already repaired, especially if you're seeing black sealant. On the driver side, you'll want to look through the wheel well toward the rear of the engine (closest to the cab) behind the brake lines. You can also get under the truck right behind the front driver side wheel and look up at the engine from there.
     
  17. May 26, 2020 at 11:37 PM
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    Thank you for your prompt reply.

    how come I cannot find any service record of this passenger side repair on Toyota app or Carfax ?
     
  18. May 30, 2020 at 8:30 AM
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    Found this on drivers side yesterday :(
    2018 with 72k

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  19. May 30, 2020 at 10:01 PM
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    Greetings - first time poster (sadly). I purchased a 2015 Tundra CM about a week ago. It’s has around 36,000 miles on it now. After driving it around for a few days I started to smell oil, looked under the hood and there was nothing obvious. Went online and found this! Sure enough, the passenger side cam tower appears to be leaking. The warranty has expired as the original owner purchased the vehicle in November, 2014. The thought of having to fork out a penny for a truck with relatively low miles to fix a known problem is sickening, especially since I just bought the truck!

    My question, anyone have suggestions on how I should proceed? I cleaned the oil as best I could, hopefully that will help determine how bad the leak is. Any chance of Toyota helping with the cost of the repair? Any positive experiences out there? The thought that the warranty expired 6 months ago doesn’t help.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. Did you buy it from a Toyota dealer? If so, you might have a better chance of getting Toyota to help, otherwise it's probably a crap shoot. You're not super far out of the powertrain warranty, though, so Toyota might be willing to assist. Good luck!
     
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    No, it was a private party purchase. I will give Toyota a call on Monday. Hopefully they will help. Thanks!
     
  22. May 31, 2020 at 6:50 AM
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    sorry to hear... check the VIN on Toyota website and see if the warranty actually expired. As I read it starts from the first sale of vehicle. May be there still few months left depending on when it was first sold.
     
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    Sup fellas so I have a 2017 5.7 with 55k miles with a different leak.. took it to Toyota and their tech took a look at it and said it was the "Cam Cradle" leaking.. it's just seaping out they said, and that Toyota won't cover it unless it's actually leaking or dripping and since it's just seaping out they wont fix it under warranty. I mean how stupid is that it's going to leak eventually and I'm 5k miles away from being out of warranty 5yrs/60k warranty. What you guys think? Pretty much the same thing as a cam tower leak no?
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    with 36K on it, you might be able to buy extended warranty then later on use it to fix the leak.
     
  25. Jun 10, 2020 at 6:40 PM
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    leaking for me. they should fix it.
     
  26. Jun 10, 2020 at 7:05 PM
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    Easier said than done.. they want to see leaking and drips, which it will come to that but after warranty is up.
     
  27. Jun 11, 2020 at 1:50 PM
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    Id wait a few weeks then go under your truck with a oil squirt can and squirt those areas right before you take it back to the dealer . If they want to play the "its just seeping" game , you can play hard ball as well :)
     
  28. Jun 11, 2020 at 2:43 PM
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    Has this issue become an actual recall by now?
     
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