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#1 of 5 1998 Toyota Camry valve cover replacement
Jan 27, 2011 (8:32 pm)
My mechanic recommends to replace the valve cover on my '98 6 cyl Camry due to leaking from the rear cover. I got a couple cost estimates which range from $550 - $625.
After doing some online research, I learned that some also advise to replace the Spark Plug Cover Seals at the same time. Please let me know if this is a good approach, since it was not mentioned when the initial recommendation was made to replace the valve cover only.
#2 of 5 Re: 1998 Toyota Camry valve cover replacement [mr_bubble]
Jan 28, 2011 (12:31 am)
Correction: I meant to say "valve cover gasket replacement" in my previous post.
#3 of 5 Re: 1998 Toyota Camry valve cover GASKET replacement [mr_bubble]
Feb 08, 2011 (9:08 pm)
Just wanted to close this thread on the replacement of my front and rear valve cover gaskets. I learned that the spark plug tube seals are generally replaced at the same time on the 4 cylinder engine. But on the 6 cylinder (my car), the configuration tends to protect the tube seals from gasket/oil problems, so they are not typically replaced on the 6 cylinder. Also note that the engine area around the valve covers should be cleaned well after the gaskets are replaced so any future leaks will be apparent.
#4 of 5 Re: 1998 Toyota Camry valve cover replacement [mr_bubble]
Jul 28, 2011 (8:30 pm)
Dear Mr. Bubble
About a year after my engine started to overheat, from a failing water pump, I noticed a oil leak. My mechanics did about $650 of work replacing bypass seals, gaskets, crank seals, oil pump seals, and a cam s seal. While they were at it the timing belt was replaced because it had to be removed for the work. Later the oil continued to drip. So I used a oil stop leak from the lube techs when they changed my oil, it worked for a year, then I had the toyota dealership do a tune up and they replaced a valve cover gasket, about $150. I think my car still leaks oil. Grrrrr!!! CBs or come backs, are what the mechanics would call it.
#5 of 5 Re: 1998 Toyota Camry valve cover replacement [luckydriver]
Jul 28, 2011 (8:46 pm)
Luckydriver, what model year is your Camry? 4cyl or 6cyl? Mileage?