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CAM SHAFT TOWER SEAL LEAKING ** PLEASE READ***

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by jacob.jons.jj, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Aug 19, 2021 at 9:21 PM
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    Bones2012

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    Looks like I might need to rethink this>
     
  2. Aug 19, 2021 at 9:58 PM
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    BuckWallace

    BuckWallace Ball don't lie.

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    I wouldn't look at a Forester instead of a Tundra, but I totally get your frustration. Unfortunately most people here won't give you any sympathy if you utter a hint of negativity toward Toyota, even if they have a 14-year-old problem that they have chosen not to fix and generally pretend like they have never heard of at the corporate level.
     
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  3. Aug 19, 2021 at 10:13 PM
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    Bones2012

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    I was just told I need $9,000 in repairs. Cam towers, water pump, steering box and I stopped listening. The resale value now is so high that it is cheaper to sell than repair. I might get a Rav 4. Trying to gain gas mileage as well. Can basically pay for it in gas alone.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2021 at 11:03 PM
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    Just to add an additional view. My wife has had nothing but Foresters for at least the last 12 years with absolutely no problems whatsoever. I drive it occasionally, and it is pretty awesome, especially in the snow we get here. I drive the Tunny, but the Forester definitely isn't as shitty as some here would make it out to be. Do the research yourself, without a few negative posts from a few negative posters here.
     
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  5. Aug 20, 2021 at 5:52 AM
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    Every manufacture has issues and trying to find one that's perfect isn't going to happen. Sometimes as well you will get a turd of a vehicle that has a history for reliability. I have a 2020 Tundra that has an ongoing problem and has been at the dealership for over three weeks. Toyota engineers are now looking at it trying to figure out the issue. I will be lining up to buy the 2022 Tundra when it arrives.
     
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  6. Aug 20, 2021 at 6:08 AM
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    Cpl_Punishment

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    I just don't understand people who cross shop vehicles in different categories. If I have a truck, it's because I need a truck. No way could I replace mine with a compact crossover, based on how I use it. And if I didn't need a truck, I wouldn't spend $45k+ on something that's more difficult to drive and park and gets worse fuel economy than whatever I actually needed in a vehicle.
     
  7. Aug 20, 2021 at 8:27 AM
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    How long is this covered yrs wise, 3 or 5?
     
  8. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:23 AM
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    I think some just buy a truck even if they don't need it to do truck things. My neighbor down the road bought a top of the line F150 and it doesn't do any truck work. It's just a status symbol.
     
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  9. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:30 AM
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    Lots around here like that too but lots more who camp, hunt, fish, haul, tow, etc. I can't imagine owning a house and not a truck to haul stuff for projects but my dad's done fine (and he does all his own projects).
     
  10. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:45 AM
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    crewmaxlmt How dare you!

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    I traded my 2014 in and was waiting for my 2020 to arrive. I thought that it would not be a big deal to have a sedan for a few weeks. I could not believe how many times I needed the truck during that time.
     
  11. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:47 AM
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    Don't need a truck any longer but i do need to tow a small boat . I would keep my truck but the gas mileage is the main reason I am looking for a change to a crossover.
     
  12. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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    Let me about it. I've been without my truck for three weeks and my other vehicle is a Camry.
     
  13. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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    3 year bumper to bumper and 5 year powertrain.
     
  14. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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    crewmaxlmt

    crewmaxlmt How dare you!

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    That was my loaner vehicle, a camry. I was so happy to give it back to the dealership when I picked up my truck.
     
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  15. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:54 AM
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    It's the perfect vehicle for my wife, very reliable, comfortable and great mpg.

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  16. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:57 AM
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    My wife's family tented out of their 90s Corolla when she and her brother were kids. Her parents must be a damn sight better at Tetris than I am.
     
  17. Aug 20, 2021 at 9:58 AM
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    My dad tows his small boat with a 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara. However, it took a few years for it to break in fully and, before then, he was getting the same highway fuel economy my Tundra gets.
     
  18. Aug 20, 2021 at 10:36 AM
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    So this would be under 5 yr powertrain ?
     
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  19. Sep 4, 2021 at 11:36 AM
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    I bought me truck because I wanted to. Absolutely no need for a truck. After 30 years of driving nothing but an Accord LX, I pretty much "saved" enough over those year as to not even care about the price or the mpg. I am 6'3" and driving my truck is an absolute delight. Smiles to the mile and all that. Yeah tough to park at times, but not impossible. And no, it is not a status symbol...it would be hard for a Tundra to be a status symbol when within 8 houses of mine there are 3-4 newer Corvettes, a limited Shelby Mustang, a couple Audi Q8's, a big old Hummer, various other Audi and Mercedes sedans and two tricked out Jeeps. My truck just fades into the background.
     
  20. Sep 7, 2021 at 12:28 PM
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    Lol I'm kind of the same. I bought a TRD pro and won't need it for what it really is capable of. Have had an Integra Type R, Nissan GTR, countless 3 row SUVs. Wanted a truck........a truck I didn't have to build, thus the TRD pro.
     
  21. Sep 8, 2021 at 5:10 PM
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    I had my 2020 for a little over 1.5 years. So far no leaks. I have 16,000 on the clock....
     
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  22. Sep 17, 2021 at 8:24 AM
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    Has anyone else had luck calling Toyota America from the first post in this thread? I have 2015 with 150k miles and I knew it was a long shot but I called and complained and they basically said sorry there's no recall at this time. Maybe if enough people kept calling they'd listen?
     
  23. Sep 18, 2021 at 12:44 PM
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    Recalls are required only if it’s a safety issue. The exploding air bag fiasco is an example. But known defects requiring repairs are not required to be recalled unless it’s a safety issue. I suppose if cam tower oil leaks caused a number of engine fires, then that might fall into the recall category. And if that were the case, the NHTSA might require Toyota to issue a recall.

    Toyota has done the right thing in the past with their infamous 3.0 V6 head gasket failures. Not a recall because it wasn’t a safety issue, but since a large number (if not a vast majority) of engines were experiencing costly headgasket failures, Toyota offered a one-time fix for free.

    Cam Tower leaks may not be a safety issue. Also, unlike the 3.0 headgasket, a slight oil leak doesn’t render the engine inoperable. So unless Toyota starts facing huge pressure or some kind of class action settlement, I don’t see an incentive at this point for Toyota to fix these for free.
     
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  24. Sep 27, 2021 at 4:59 PM
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    Just bought a 2015 sr5 with 143k miles. Doing a systems check of my own and notice some gunked oil. Is this a cam tower leak? I only noticed it on the passenger side but it is towards the front of the engine, not the back.

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  25. Sep 27, 2021 at 5:08 PM
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    I think your seeing the sealant. Looks real clean to me.
     
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  26. Sep 28, 2021 at 2:01 PM
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    Does anyone know if this issue was ever resolved and if so in what model year? As I understand it, it is a very easy fix to have it done properly from the beginning, at the factory. They just needed to use traditional O rings, or the improved RTV sealant that I understand is the fix for leaking ones. Thx.
     
  27. Sep 28, 2021 at 2:02 PM
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    The issue was fixed with the release of the 2022 Tundra.
     
  28. Sep 28, 2021 at 2:30 PM
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    You must be joking! As no one knows yet what components are going into that V6. But, I'm very surprised to hear that Toyota continued to ignore this long standing issue very easily fixed? Does not jive with the "Continuous Improvement" manufacturing methods we keep hearing about. More Marketing BS.
     
  29. Sep 28, 2021 at 6:04 PM
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    To fix the issue would require a complete redesign of the cylinder head or a better sealer. Another Toyota tech buddy of mine believed that customers who extended their oil change interval caused the issue. We seemed to see the issue more frequently on “not so loved” trucks.
     
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  30. Sep 28, 2021 at 6:15 PM
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    Green Thunder

    Green Thunder Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.

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    Hmmm. How would ignored oil cause a seal to fail? Honest question…
     
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