2002 Camry Using Oil - Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums

5th & 6th Generation (2002-2006 & 2007-2011) Toyota Camry Discussion for years: 2002-2006 & 2007-2011 Topics of discussion range from fuel economy, safety, modifications, performance all involving America's favorite family car, the Toyota Camry.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 12-10-2012, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
New TN User
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: SC
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
(Thread Starter)
2002 Camry Using Oil


I have a 2002 Camry with 302,245 miles. I am noticing that it is using a lot of oil. Maybe 2 quarts extra in between oil changes.

I came home tonight and noticed oil on the garage floor. At first I thought it was water from the AC but it smelled and felt like oil.

Could the engine be burning oil and a possible leak?

Kellebell66 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 12-10-2012, 11:39 PM
Do you feel lucky?
TrailDust's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kalifornication
Posts: 27,885
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3097 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,239
Thanked 6,145 Times in 4,260 Posts
Lifetime Supreme Member
iTrader Score: 1 reviews
Hello there, welcome to Toyota Nation! I'll move your thread over to the Camry forums where the other owners there can help you out. I'd also recommend, though, using that forum's search tool to locate past threads regarding oil leaks as that's a fairly common issue.


2008 Highlander Base 4WD
2002 Avalon XL
1987 Suzuki Samurai 4X4 - Treading where no Jeep can follow....
TrailDust is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 12-11-2012, 01:44 AM
Official TN Member
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Gilbert AZ
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
2 qts over how many miles per oil change? I have 240K miles and I add roughly 1/2 qt every 8K mile oil change. I did replace my valve stem seals and that reduced my oil consumption considerably. I was adding roughly a qt every 8k mile oil change before hand. Also, I have noticed that I use more oil with highway driving versus city driving. For the oil leak, you might want to verify that your oil filter has been properly tightened firts...

Last edited by FireLikeIYA; 12-11-2012 at 01:48 AM.
FireLikeIYA is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 12-11-2012, 07:19 AM
Senior TN Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,825
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Thanks: 9
Thanked 311 Times in 294 Posts
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
What engine are we talking about in your 2002 Camry? 2.4L 4-cylinder 2AZ-FE? 3.0L V6 1MZ-FE?

Without knowing the maintenance history, given the mileage, it is very possible the engine is both burning oil & leaking oil. Leaks can originate from anyplace, like valve cover gaskets, camshaft seals, crankshaft seals, oil pump seals, etc. If you had a timing belt change recently, and if you did all the normal front-engine work at the same time, you should have handled many of the leak points. Also, when was the last time you changed the PCV valve? The PCV, if not fuctioning, can cause the crankcase to overpressurize, which assists in pushing oil past weak seals.

Last edited by 93celicaconv; 12-11-2012 at 07:21 AM.
93celicaconv is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 12-11-2012, 07:26 AM
Toyota Fanatic
hardtopte72's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: FL
Posts: 12,427
Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1515 Post(s)
Thanks: 986
Thanked 3,772 Times in 2,737 Posts
Supreme Member
iTrader Score: 3 reviews
2002 is a 2AZFE 2.4 Timing Chain engine if its a 4 Cyl.

OP if yours is a 4 Cyl read this thread. It will have everything you need yo know about consumption,

Piston ring life opinions - AND - now a build thread!

Leaks will have to be cleaned off completely and then the car ran to find the leak source.

My Toyota List:

1982 Corolla SR-5 1JZGTE M/T
2005 Corolla CE 1ZZFE M/T
2005 Sequoia Limited 2UZFE A/T

If I helped out in any way please hit the Thanks button under my post.
hardtopte72 is online now  
The Following User Says Thank You to hardtopte72 For This Useful Post:
Kellebell66 (12-11-2012)
Sponsored Links

  Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums > Toyota Passenger and Sports Car Forums > Camry and Solara Forum > 5th & 6th Generation (2002-2006 & 2007-2011)


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome