96 Toyota Camry
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Ok I have a 96 Toyota Camry LE that has 146,000 miles on it, 2.2L automatic. I bought the car a couple of weeks ago for a work car. It looked good under the hood all original except for road grime. Drove it about two days and developed a oil leak. I have tried to locate the leak with no success. I pressure washed the engine as much as possible to remove the grime and oil so I could discover the leak. This is whats weird. When I first got the car it was full of oil, not the cleanest, but not bad. I always change ASAP. As soon as it started leaking I checked it and it was a qt low. After 125 miles it was another qt low. I thought "oh crap" this is a bad leak. No smoke whatsoever while driving or on startup except when it gets on the exhaust pipe and gets into the car after it gets hot. Thats what keyed me in that I had a leak. I filled it up again and drove it 250 miles still full. Next morning checked it, still full, drove it to work (35 miles) checked it at end of shift 1 qt low (no big puddle on ground either just a small spot). Added a qt drove it 145 miles, sat overnite, checked it 1/2 qt. Filled it up Drove it about 3 days close to 300 miles before it needed some added (wasn't a whole qt but wife was not sure how much was in it, less than half. ???? Oil on bottom of car is from center of car all toward the tranny. Had it on the rack still could not find oil leak. Is this going to be a rear seal or oil pan. There was a little oil under the distributer but after washing took two days to seep back out to where you could feel it with fingers. Same on Valve cover. Oil pump seems to be fine but would seem to be the best bet with that much loss. Maybe crankcase pressure. seems to get better as I add clean oil. I'm changing the oil this weekend and I'm checking the PCV valve.