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Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Muntazir, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. Nov 20, 2017 at 11:47 AM
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    I would run the dye test before making any big $$ decision. You can monitor the extent of seeping or leaking.
    when was the last time an oil change was done on your truck and how does the dipstick look ?
    As far as trading for new or whatever, this is a much bigger purchase than just getting the issue fixed and go on with your truck and life. I'm sure on the trade a dealer would low ball you for what the cam leak fix would cost you at a dealership.
    I would keep the truck and get the leak fixed. It's not like you blew the transmission and the truck cannot drive.
     
  2. Nov 20, 2017 at 11:50 AM
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    plus your truck has 95K ish miles. You should have flushed most of the potential issues already.
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2017 at 12:02 PM
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    I called Toyota to see if they could help me out but they couldn't however they did mention that the vehicle has had all recalls done and has a good service history. At this point, I am going to do exactly what you suggested. The last OIL change was done recently by the seller but I am going to get one done just for the peace of my mind. I am also have rear/front differential and transfer case OIL changed. I am also going to drain and replace the ATF.
     
  4. Nov 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM
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    yeah fresh oil, drop that dye and drive it. If it leaks it will show with the UV light/yellow goggles then you can tell if it's both sides and where.
     
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  5. Nov 28, 2017 at 11:27 AM
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    I am at Toyota dealership, they're replacing my valve cover gasket (under warranty:thumbsup:)... IMO mine looks like a cam tower leak :argue:but dealer wants 2 do valve cover gasket 1st. Which I guess, I understand... less labor and parts for them.

    Afterwards I guess I watch like a hawk and hope that it fixes it. The kicker is, if this doesn't fix the small leak, then I have to make sure I don't drive too many more miles and put myself outta warranty :confused:
     
  6. Nov 28, 2017 at 11:48 AM
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    Hold the Line! If you are not holding the line, abandon your ship. Destruction is inevitable without more to hold the line!
    To restate what everyone has already made abundantly clear, I am almost certain that this is a Cam Tower leak. It is expensive to get fixed, 3-4k, most likely.

    If I were in your shoes I would just not worry about it and add oil if it gets low.

    If it makes you feel better, I had a 2000 Toyota 4runner that leaked roughly 7 quarts of oil per oil change (5,000) miles. It gave a whole new meaning to "leaking like a sieve". However I just checked and added oil every few days and the motor lasted to just under 500,000 Miles.

    Honestly, just check the oil and add oil to it if it gets low. Toyota recommends 0w-20 or 5w-20 motor oil for the Tundra. There are valid arguments out there for using more viscous oil (thicker), mainly CAFE standards, and engine longevity.

    Save yourself some $$$
     
  7. Nov 28, 2017 at 12:20 PM
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  8. Nov 28, 2017 at 4:53 PM
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    Have them put dye in the oil. You'll know very quickly if its a cam tower leak.
     
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  9. Nov 28, 2017 at 6:57 PM
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    Seller said he sold under book value. What book and how did he rate condition? Exceptional is like brand new and very few vehicles fall in that category. I am guessing he used NADA which can be way over valued. Best gauge of value is what similar vehicles actually sell for. Something between NADA and KBB is probably real value. I never would never have sold my 2013 for NADA value. I would drive and monitor oil levels before I dumped $3k into it. $3k buys a lot of oil. Not sure of Ct. laws but in Texas you get tax break on trade value. Most likely dealer will catch leak they are pretty thorough when evaluating trades. Clean trades are where they make money. I would try cleaning right before trading and see what you can do. If you can find a 2017 you like there are some great deals right now.
     
  10. Nov 28, 2017 at 9:31 PM
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    Hey Sean. I'm 14 CM w 29k miles. So I should def get this checked by late 2018 for warranty coverage? Also I'm bumper to bumper extended for 6yr 90k would that cover this issue as well? If you know. I'm out shipping now but will take a peak in about two weeks at it. Good info on coverage. Appreciate
     
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  11. Nov 29, 2017 at 7:08 AM
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    Just take a look at it. If you want it documtend, just bring it by the dealer for a courtesy inspection. If they find it- you’ll know. If not, it’s still documented. Keep in mind, warranty works pays techs less..I keep one to two tech in my “back pocket” and either tip them with cash, or adult beverages. Take care of those who take care of you if you can find a good one.
     
  12. Nov 29, 2017 at 9:17 AM
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    Courtesy inspect. Good idea. Thanks.
     
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  13. Nov 29, 2017 at 2:18 PM
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    the way I see it, if you have it get it done asap, don't wait til end of your warranty .So that if it comes back, you still under warranty.
     
  14. Nov 29, 2017 at 8:10 PM
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    I'm pretty certain that Toyota will only fix it once under warranty, but I could be confusing it with the AIP issue. I've read about owners having more than one AIP failure on the same truck, but I can't recall reading of anyone having a warrantied Cam Tower repair fail. I could be mistaken and mixed up though.
     
  15. Jan 11, 2019 at 11:24 AM
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    I have a 2012 Tundra (90,000 miles) that has been serviced regularly. Yesterday during a scheduled oil/filter change I was told that the driver side cam tower was beginning to leak. The technician put the truck up and showed me where the leak was....slight dry residue on the heat shield. They said $2,000 to 3,000 to repair it but I'm not inclined to have it done unless I'm convinced that it is worth it...the truck doesn't use any oil between changes. Thanks for any comments!
     
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    Judging from the paranoia reponses and cat fighting in between, it sounds like ‘cam tower’ leak will be a great negotiating tool to knock (at least) $4k off the asking price of a used truck. Buy it and drive away smiling knowing the leak is fake news?

    Am I wrong here?

    Also, if it looks like an oil leak around the cam tower then what does adding dye to the oil prove? A cam tower leak?

    Too simplistic of thinking?
     
  17. Jan 11, 2019 at 1:53 PM
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    I would ignore it. Sorry but my first Toyota was a '77 Corolla SR5. If after 100k that's all the oil it as leaking I would have been happy as a pig in mud. The car was great and sold it with over 200k on it. But it did leak oil. The worst was the gaskets in the valve cover for the spark plugs. The thing got so bad that they would fill up with oil. Back then 30k on a set of plugs was about it. You couldn't get most of the oil out from around the plug so it would just go into the cylinders. I would have to turn the engine over with the starter and the plugs out praying oil everywhere to get most of it out of the cylinders. Once I started the engine up I would smoke the whole street out. I would keep a piece of cardboard under it in the garage.

    To me that's just not a big enough leak to worry about. I have an old International truck I use for plowing that leaks pretty bad. After a few minutes the oil on the exhaust manifolds starts to burn away. After a few minutes things get hot and it stops. If it bothers you then fix it.
     
  18. Jan 11, 2019 at 4:31 PM
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    I had a '78 Chevy Bonaza that leaked so bad I bought oil by the case and had to put a quart in every other fill up. Fun truck, straight duals with glasspacks.:burnrubber:
     
  19. Jan 11, 2019 at 6:43 PM
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    Wynnded Wait, what?

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    Forty year old vehicles are suppose to leak oil.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2019 at 7:01 PM
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    That was 30 years ago....:thumbsup:
     
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    Sure it would be nice if it didn't leak oil but the fact remains that a small oil leak is more of an annoyance than a problem. If it was just a matter of changing out a valve cover gasket then I would most likely do it. But $3k to $4k because of a tiny leak? My point is that small oil leaks in older vehicles are not all that uncommon. I've seen vehicles that look worse just from oil being spilled when doing an oil change. If it was my money it would need to be a lot worse than what that picture shows for me to drop that kind of cash.
     
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