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Old 12-10-2012, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2002 Camry Using Oil

Hello,

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?

Thanks!
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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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...

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Hello,

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?

Thanks!
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.

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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.
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.
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