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Old 12-07-2012, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A little oil pooling

on my 1986 Camry LE 242k miles, noticing a little oil pooling below the seem for the head on the firewall side, she still runs fine....should I ignore that or look for further problems..
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most likely cause is a valve cover gasket leak.

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What I do is degrease the whole engine and engine bay then drive it a couple days then you should be able to see where the leak is.
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In addition to the valve cover gasket mentioned by whitedx90 there is also a little plate back on the firewall side of the engine that covers up the hole where a mechanical fuel pump was used on older versions of this 2SE engine. They can also leak requiring a new gasket and a bit of silicone.

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I always wondered what that sealed flange area was for...I checked a bit closer and wiped a tissue along the area right below the valve cover...not really any oil, pretty clean, but there does seem to be more oil type stuff present below the head seam, I fairly convinced then that the oil I see is from some oil seeping out along there. It's not major leakage....I've seen that from my other car and its valve cover...so I'll wait a while till better weather comes to take it apart.
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