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Any Toyota mechanics here?! - December 16, 2009, 12:30 PM

Yeah...Its not bikes this time..

I have a 2001 Toyota Camry with the 4 cyl. Looks like the valve cover gasket is leaking. Im used to old Chevy's/Fords but I dont see any external screws on the valve covers to remove the thing. The spark plugs are on top of the cylinder head. What I do see is what appears to be a top of a bolt that around the tube that the spark plug goes down into the head. I dont have a pic but Ill take one..

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There should be nuts around the valve cover 10mm
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There should be nuts around the valve cover 10mm
Yeah USUALLY! Nothing around it...Im taking one now..


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Yeah...Its not bikes this time..

I have a 2001 Toyota Camry with the 4 cyl. Looks like the valve cover gasket is leaking. Im used to old Chevy's/Fords but I dont see any external screws on the valve covers to remove the thing. The spark plugs are on top of the cylinder head. What I do see is what appears to be a top of a bolt that around the tube that the spark plug goes down into the head. I dont have a pic but Ill take one..

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Yes, remove those 4 big bolt.



See #44 above



Remove spark plugs/wires and use 30mm socket I believe.

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I think since it is a 4 cyl, there are four nuts that you see in the picture that need to be unscrewed to remove the valve cover...But I just wanted to see if anyone can confirm. I cant find my service manual ANYWHERE!


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Yes, remove those 4 big bolt.



See #44 above



Remove spark plugs/wires and use 30mm socket I believe.
Thank you my friend! I should have a 30mm out in the shed.. The gasket is only $25.00 from Olympic and the shop right down the street wants $140.00 to put it in..I know its cold out there but GEEZ!! ITS ONLY A GASKET THATS ON TOP OF THE MOTOR! The valve cover isnt even blocked by anything..Its started leaking when I took it for an oil change...


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valve cover gasket on camrys are easy, takes only 15 mins. i have replaced quite few of them. after removing those bolts if the cover is not cumming out easily, DO NOT pry it (its alloy and u can easily damage it) . use a mallet and tap all around and it should come loose. you have to put some rtv near the ends near the camshaft connects to the distrobutor. make sure to get a valve cover gasket set (that includes small round gaskets that seals the spark plug tubes). let me know if you need any help. i should be able to help you with that.


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make sure you replace other seals around there too.. little grommets and such..


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Ive replaced several in the past (Mostly on American cars...Love small block Chevy's) and I did one on my Acura. Of course its frikin COLD outside!


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I bought the whole kit. $30.00. Hey Dragon - do you have the torque specs?

Lemme guess...no RTV since its rubber gaskets!


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I bought the whole kit. $30.00. Hey Dragon - do you have the torque specs?
I believe it's should be around 17ft-lb torque. What's type of engine? 5S-FE?


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I bought the whole kit. $30.00. Hey Dragon - do you have the torque specs?

Lemme guess...no RTV since its rubber gaskets!
no you dont need all around. there r places that have to put a little bit of rtv. on both sides of the camshaft u will see two cracks. just put a little bit of rtv there so it wont leak.


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I believe it's should be around 17ft-lb torque. What's type of engine? 5S-FE?

Not sure. Im going to check when I get outside. OF COURSE NOW ITS GONNA SNOW!!!

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no you dont need all around. there r places that have to put a little bit of rtv. on both sides of the camshaft u will see two cracks. just put a little bit of rtv there so it wont leak.
Thats what I thought...Im just want to make sure


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