how do oil get inside the timing belt cover on a 2000 toyota solara 2.2L?

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how can i make sure is the leak coming from the valve cover, cam seal, or main seal? ios the main seal the crankshaft seal?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Usually the camshaft seals leak first on engines with DOHC (double over head camshafts). Main reason to keep your engine clean. It's easy to spot a leak if the engine isn't so dirty you can tell where it's coming from. Keeps the winter salt from eating up the radiator and electrical connections as well. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Bad camshaft or crankshaft seal.

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Bad seal or gasket leek, that is the only way it gets there!

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Time to see a mechanic Joe.  You have been asking this forever.

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  • 2 months ago

    It's usually the camshaft seals. The crankshaft seal can also leak. You need to replace the timing belt and those seals or the timing belt will jump time and bend the valves because of being oil soaked.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
    • The Devil
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      That's a non-interference engine, Valve are safe, but the seals can leak.

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  • bo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    auto parts store carry a kit with oil dye, glass's and light. follow directions then find the leak

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  • not
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The sensible thing on that engine is to reseal all of it. Oil pump gasket and seal, crank and cam seal with new water pump and timing belt. If you don't you'll be back in there soon. If the valve cover is leaking then it runs down the side if the block at the rear of the engine compartment. 

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  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A leak through the valve cover gasket, cam seal, and/or main seal would be my guess...

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