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For those who’ve had cam towers repaired

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by JWS95, Dec 13, 2022.

  1. Dec 13, 2022 at 7:20 PM
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    I’ve noticed since I got my truck a little over a year ago that the passenger side cam tower was slightly leaking. It’s very slowly getting worse so I’m still just monitoring it when I change my oil.

    I’m an auto tech so when the time comes I’ll be doing this job myself on a weekend. Anyone that have had this done or DIYed it have a parts list with part numbers? Planning on doing plugs, all 4 tensioners and possibly water pump while I’m in there too.
     
  2. Dec 14, 2022 at 6:18 AM
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    Search cam tower leak in upper right, there are several detailed threads with lots of info that will be helpful to you.
     
  3. Dec 14, 2022 at 6:20 AM
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    Oh hey, is it really just a weekend job? I thought it was way more involved than that. I suppose you've got a better equipped garage than most, being in the profession, but what I as a total layperson heard, you have to pull the engine?
     
  5. Dec 14, 2022 at 7:56 AM
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    Nah, it's all on top.
    I got both sides fixed under warranty and it took the Master tech about a day and a half.
     
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    Seems like I have seen something about the easiest way is to lift the cab off.
     
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    Heck no, it's not a Ford! :rofl:
     
  8. Dec 14, 2022 at 8:30 AM
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    Screenshot_20221214-102853.jpg Screenshot_20221214-102853.jpg
     
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  9. Dec 14, 2022 at 8:33 AM
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    2mchfun Lead foot, left lane, loud stereo

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    Awesome thank you!
     
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    I honestly thought about it. I’ve had cabs off a few fords for timing chains but the key word to that is fords haha. Think I’d leave it on for this one though. Think the only way I’d lift the cab on the tundra is for engine removal.
     
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  12. Dec 14, 2022 at 6:12 PM
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    Yeah my family owns a shop so I’d have free rein in the shop. Plan would be tear the thing down on a Friday after work, back together on Saturday and maybe button it up on Sunday if need be.
     
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  13. Dec 14, 2022 at 6:53 PM
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    OP, have you considered doing hp valve springs while you are in there? Maybe Manley's or something comparable?
     
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  14. Dec 14, 2022 at 7:10 PM
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    Not particularly. Just depends on budget at the time. I saw somewhere that someone was making upgraded cams for a 3urfe, That interests me. I’d go that route and Manley’s springs for sure if I could afford it and based what I could do without needing the PCM reflashed to keep the light on.
     
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    There are likely hp cams out there, but I think that would lead to needing special pistons in order to have proper clearance for the valves. Regardless, good luck with the repair, hope you get it knocked out without any issues.
     
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  16. Dec 15, 2022 at 2:53 AM
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    Probably right. We have a customer that’s a big cylinder head guy. He was actually involved with NASCAR at one point. I thought about if I ever come across a set of tundra heads to let him take a look and see what he could do if he’d be interested that is.

    And thanks! I’m probably changing my oil this weekend so I’m going to see how bad the leak truly is and go from there.
     
  17. Dec 15, 2022 at 3:28 AM
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    You could try switching over to 5w30 and see if that helps. I made the switch on mine, and I like the results and will continue to use it on the future changes. My truck had the cam tower leak fixed under warranty right before I bought it, 15k miles later and it’s leaking again. If it’s not dripping on the exhaust or ground I’d honestly just leave it if it were me. My 2010 and my current truck both had some seepage but it was never consequential. No drips, and no oil loss between changes. If anything it’s just a stigma thing for future buyers if you resell who don’t truly understand the issue.
     
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    Could not tell from the video, but does the AC condenser have to be removed?
    Thanks,
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    Look, devil's advocate here. This is a big job. Well beyond your average mechanics garage setup. I kinda like the YouTube Toyota mechanics view on this. "Mechanics call in sick/take time off knowing this job is waiting for them".
     
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    I never contemplated doing the job myself. Way over my head. I was just curious if the condenser had to be removed. From the parts list, it appears not necessary. My 2019 has a leak on the drivers side. I still have 3 years of Platinum warranty left to decide what to do.
    bc
     
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  21. Dec 18, 2022 at 5:15 PM
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    To me it doesn’t look like it would have to be removed unless someone would feel the need to work all through the front. I’d pull the radiator for sure though. Gives a good bit more room. Unless I’d lift the cab.
     
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    Im needing this done, and the quote from the dealership was outrageous. Found someone local that quoted 14 hrs for a total of $1900. What yall think?
     
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    The quote sounds right to me, for both sides. I would be dang sure the mechanic is confident doing this. You need the Toyota sealant AND the correct amount or it could leak again.
     
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    Ask for a reference of others he/she fixed with the same problem. It's a major project.
     
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    Haven’t done this repair yet. Still kind of monitoring it. Wouldn’t mind tackling one at work just haven’t had the opportunity yet.
     
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    Good to know! Thank you, I will ask about the sealant and if he is confident with this repair. Hes a toyota certified mechanic but still ya never know.
     
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    I watched this guy’s video. He has made probably the best YouTube video talking about tundra “issues” or what actually fails on them. Most of the perceived “issues” are basic maintenance items but there are a few things like the cam tower leak. He was talking about how this job kills your back and that you better buy the technician some coffee
     
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    such said video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2OAHImTgA8
     
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