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I have an 88 3fse, 4cyl, auto with 189,000K miles. she runs well with a couple of issues. First is a bad oil leak from the front drivers side of the engine at the head block mating area. No oil and water mix.. So I am going to replace Head gasket,timiing belt,oil pump,water pump. I did a compression test and all cylinders came up to 185-187psi. So does anyone think while to perform the above, should I change the rings and bearings also?..

anyone else have the oil leak issue....

she also has a vibration when idling in gear and sitting still only.. Idea's???
 

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With that mileage you better pull the pan and push em out and do rings, bearings, all the seals on the front, the distributor seal from kbox.ca and just make a day of it, it is a easy car to work on and the cams will have to come out to get the head bolts out, notice that you will have to put a little bolt in the one cam gear that has the backlash spring gear on it to hold the spring, The block will be ok, just scuff the walls a little and new pistons will go along ways to a quiet motor since the 3s is known for piston slap and get good ones, pull the head with the intake on it
 

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Why do you recommend pulling the head with the intake still attached? Wouldn't this be a convenient time to replace the intake gasket before it gets brittle and starts leaking? You are far more experienced with the 3SFE than I am, so I'm curious...
 

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its alot easier to get the intake off the head when its off the motor
 

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Wow, you're going pretty hardcore on that old Camry. Mine was leaking/burning about 1L/1000 miles for the past....forever. I figured it was cheaper and easier to just keep topping it off. Then again, I wasn't planning on driving it forever.

Timing belts on S series engines = nightmare, in case you didn't know.

The vibration sounds like engine or tranny mounts. Since you'll have to take a couple out to do the timing belt, you might want to look at replacing them at the same time.
 

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Thank you for the info, wasnt sure if I should replace rings and bearings since the compressor was excellent. But you make since, because i am there anyway. Piston replacement?? really, I did not think that was required. It an old car, but we have a new jeep and I only use it to go to and from work,,and it still gets 30 plus mpg.... and I dont need another car note. thanks, i will price out pistons also

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With that mileage you better pull the pan and push em out and do rings, bearings, all the seals on the front, the distributor seal from kbox.ca and just make a day of it, it is a easy car to work on and the cams will have to come out to get the head bolts out, notice that you will have to put a little bolt in the one cam gear that has the backlash spring gear on it to hold the spring, The block will be ok, just scuff the walls a little and new pistons will go along ways to a quiet motor since the 3s is known for piston slap and get good ones, pull the head with the intake on it
 
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